Finding your first home

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2020

Looking for your first home is very exciting – so how do you start your search while being practical? Here are some things to help you focus your search and stay on track.

TOP TIP: Keep an open mind. No matter how clear and defined your list of requirements is, compromising is often required when house hunting. 

The location

Ask yourself a set of important questions to help you clarify your needs. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it will get you started:

  • How far are you prepared to travel to work?
  • Are there good transport links?
  • Should you be looking for an area which is close to good schools, play areas and a safe community?
  • Is there enough entertainment nearby, such as a cinema or theatre?
  • How far away are the shops? Can you pop out for milk if needed?
  • Is there a high level of crime in the area?
  • Does it feel like a safe area at night?
  • What is the neighbourhood like, is there a strong sense of community?
  • Are there lots of rented properties nearby with temporary neighbours or students?
  • How annoyed would you be living on a busy road? Could you get used to it over time?
  • Are there any plans to develop the area, such as new transport links or big housing developments?


The property

Ask yourself what you are looking for:

  • Do you need a house or could you live in a flat?
  • How much storage do you need?
  • Do you need two bedrooms, or would just like two bedrooms?
  • How important is outside space? Could you maintain a large garden? How much would you use the outdoor space?
  • Where will you be able to park your car? Is there a drive or will you be fighting for a space on the road every day? Will you need a permit to park nearby?
  • What is the council tax like, can you afford it?
  • Could you live with the décor for a few months until you can afford to improve it?
  • Is the bathroom functional, can you replace it a few months down the line when your funds are replenished?
  • Could you knock a wall down to make a bigger space? Could you add an extension to accommodate the living space you need?
  • Does it have the potential to be the right home, even though it may not be at the moment?


Start your property search today.