Mistakes to avoid as a first time buyer
As a first time buyer it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all of the costs and procedures involved in buying your first property, it can also be easy to become over excited and spend money that perhaps doesn’t need to be spent.
To help ensure that you remain on top of your expenses during the process of buying your first home, our team of property experts have put together a list of common mistakes and how to avoid them.
Not being honest about the price of your house
When you fall in love with a property it is natural to become over enthusiastic and just want the sale to go through as quickly as possible so that you can move in. However, before any decisions are made it is important to sit down and consider each and every cost – from legal bills to increased council tax, commuting costs and the price of decoration – can you afford it?
Being blinded by soft lighting
To ensure that the house is welcoming in the winter or during evening viewings, many home owners will set mood lighting in their property before your arrival. Whilst this may make the home appear appealing, it also has the potential to mask any potential issues such as damp or wall cracks. To ensure you see your potential new home in its true light, try to schedule viewings for the middle of the day, when the property will be brightly lit and any issues will be clear to see.
Being afraid to ask what is included in the house price
When you buy a house, it is important to remember that what you see is not always what you get. Whilst you may think that light fittings and door handles don’t make a difference to your opinion of the house, if when the time comes to move in these items have all been taken and you are left with a completely blank canvas, you may not feel the same. Before agreeing to put in an offer for your new home, be sure to request a list of every single item that is included, so you know exactly what you’re paying for and what to expect when you move in.