If you have decided that now is the time you are going to get your first foot on the property ladder, it can seem a little overwhelming – how do you start the ball rolling, what do you do first, and what things do you need to do that you have never thought about?
Here are a few basics to help you to get your plan together and start your first steps onto the property ladder…
The first thing that you need to do is get an idea of what the costs will be and ensure that you have the funds to be able to do this. As well as the property itself, there are also other fees to pay for, such as legal fees, as well as any removal costs that you might need to pay. Once you have done this and have a good estimate of what it is likely to cost, you then need to secure a mortgage, and find out the amount that you can borrow. It is worth shopping around and looking into different mortgage options – doing your research on this will help you to find the right mortgage for your needs.
When you have a mortgage in principle, and you know what your budget for a property is, you can start looking. Contact estate agents in the area that you want to buy in, such as these estate agents Cheltenham meandyouestateagents.co.uk for example, as they will be able to let you know when properties that suit your requirements come in, as well as having a lot of knowledge on the buying process, so will be able to give you some advice too.
When a property comes up that you like the sound of, it is time to arrange to go for a viewing. This is something that you should take your time with, maybe take a trusted friend or family member along too, as another pair of eyes is never a bad thing! If you want to go back it is worth remembering that you can do more than one viewing of the same property, so don’t worry if you want to see it again – after all buying a house is a big decision and is likely to be your most expensive ever purchase!