Walton on Thames

Guide to Buying Property

We buy items on almost every day of the week, but purchasing a property is, as you might expect, a more complex process that requires far more than the simple transference of money. There are so many issues that need to be dealt with, and of course the buyer needs to be sure that the flat or house is indeed the one that matches his or her requirements.

The first consideration would be which type of property to go for. While a cosy flat might suit a single person or a couple, it will soon become too small if children or future partners are on the horizon. Similarly, there’s no point buying a place that’s too large, especially if it’s likely to stretch the budget beyond manageable limits.

The finances need to be considered at all times when buying a home, of course. If you plan to take out a mortgage, you need to know that you will be able to afford it, both now and in the future. Thankfully, the mortgage market is a highly competitive one these days, with a number of lenders battling with one another to offer the most attractive terms to borrowers.

One of the most important considerations of all is the location of the chosen property. Your local estate agency will have details of a wide selection of flats and houses in the chosen area, so a little professional advice about transport connections, shopping amenities, educational facilities and parking provisions should be sought before buying.

It’s advisable to view a number of properties in the chosen area before making any firm commitment, even if you already have your heart set on one particular residence. A nearby estate agency will offer details of a number of tempting properties, so it makes sense to choose a few to look at, if only to gain further knowledge of the local market.

Always seek out the advice of experts

First-time buyers may lack the experience of the property market and will subsequently feel a little under-prepared for entering into such a major purchase, but it’s important to remember that crucial advice and guidance are always available. If in doubt about any part of the process, all they need to do is ask the experts for help.

When viewing a property, always bear in mind the place represents a potential purchase, so if you have any relevant questions don’t be afraid to ask. If all goes well, you will be living in this house or flat for some time to come, so you need to know it’s perfect. After all, you will be investing a substantial sum of money into it.

If you like a particular property, you should take your time when viewing it, in order to get a full appreciation of its plus and minus points. It’s easy to fall in love at first sight with a home, but you need to keep an eye open for potential problems. If you see a hairline crack in the wall, for example, be prepared to ask questions about why it’s there.

It’s also a good idea to spend a little time in the local streets, in order to get a feel of the area. If you’re serious about purchasing, it’s worth driving around the neighbourhood during the rush hour, so you can see what it’s like when it’s particularly busy. If you plan to drive to work from here, you need to know that it won’t become overly difficult during peak times.


Finally, remember that buying a property is supposed to be a happy experience, so make the most of it. For the vast majority of people, it will be the largest and most expensive purchase they ever make, and although it comes with a great deal of responsibility it should also be fun. Try to forget the stress and enjoy the process.