Guide to finding the right home for you

There are lots of considerations when it comes to finding the right home, especially when buying a new family home. And you’ll have to be prepared to have a degree of flexibility if you are going to find the right home for you and your family.

It can be an exhausting process, so have a list of your essential requirements ready.

  • Work out what you can afford

    Then talk to a mortgage adviser about the kinds of mortgages available to you.

  • Decide upon the core requirements (bedrooms, bathroom, parking, etc.)

    If your plans include living with an older parent, then you could be looking for a property that has a granny (or grandpa) annex or an area where potential extension/renovation could be built once the property is purchased. If this is the case, look into planning permission in the area and what other properties on the same street have done.

  • The next stop is location

    This is again a key factor in ensuring you make the right choice. Consider catchment areas for your children’s schools and the distance to and from work. Visit the area at different times of the day; maybe stay over in a local hotel/B&B to trial out the journey to and from work/school. With all this in mind, don’t be too strict about your specific area, widen out your search 5 or 10 miles either side.

  • Visit our online property section on a regular basis

    To see if any new instructions have become available, sign up to property alerts – so that you get alerted every time a new property is available within your chosen search criteria.

  • When you find a property that you like the look of

    Consider the surrounding area too (Street View and Google Maps are really useful tools to get an idea of the house and its surrounding properties). If you’re still happy, arrange a viewing with the estate agency.

  • Visit lots of properties

    So that you have something to compare against, that way you’ll open your horizons to properties that might not have been on your radar, but could be the perfect home for you.

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