Finding your perfect home

Buying a home is a big step in anyone’s life, but finding that perfect home isn’t quite as easy as it seems on paper and there are lots of steps involved in the process.

First of all, there’s the financial side of things. With the banks and lenders still feeling the effects of the recession, lending criteria is still strict, so you’ll need a deposit that is quite high. This will of course vary, depending on your circumstance and the value of the property you want to buy, but the chances are that you’ll be putting a large dent in your bank balance.

Then, of course, there are the additional costs of surveys and estate agents fees. If you decide not to buy a property, it’s not possible to reclaim these costs, so you could find yourself out of pocket, even without finding your perfect home. There’s no doubt about it; moving house can be a costly business, but that’s not the only hard part.

In reality, the hardest part is actually finding a house that is right for you. There are plenty of options out there but narrowing them down can be quite tricky. First of all you have to decide on the area, or areas, where you want to live and then decide on how many bedrooms you want, whether or not you want a garden plus all of the other extras. Once you know what you want, then you have the tricky part; tracking down the right property.

The internet has taken out a lot of the leg work, there’s no need to traipse around estate agents every Saturday morning, you can now find properties conveniently placed on one site. Comparison sites bring together houses and flats from various different estate agents, which makes everything a little bit easier to see and you can narrow down your choices using their search options.

So, rather than searching individual estate agents sites to try and find the right property, use the internet to your advantage and let property sites do all the hard work for you. You can even set up email alerts, so any new properties that meet your criteria are sent directly to your inbox.