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First Time Buyers
Lawson-West have over 30 years' experience helping first time buyers to buy their first home. We'll give you a three stage guide to buying your home so you know exactly where you are and what the next stage is.
Buying a home for the first time is probably the biggest financial decision you'll ever make, so take the time to ensure it's the right decision and that you choose the right home for you. When budgeting for buying a home, you need to factor in conveyancing costs, survey and valuation costs, mortgage, land registry fee and possibly stamp duty. We can give you a no obligation free quotation; either phone 0116 212 1000 or complete our on-line conveyancing quotation formand we'll talk you through the conveyancing and other legal costs. It's also worth getting an offer of a mortgage in principle, which will demonstrate you have financing in place and puts you in a stronger position when making an offer.

Here are a few things to remember when viewing a home you are thinking of buying:

  • Consider the area the property is in – is it convenient for travelling to work or close to family or friends, does it have suitable local amenities, eg shops, leisure facilities, etc?
  • Get the property description – does the home meet your needs, eg does it offer off road parking, are room sizes suitable?
  • What are the neighbours like? Ask the homeowner if there have been any disputes with the neighbours.
  • Take a friend or relative with you, they will view the home objectively and may spot things you miss.
  • Don't hesitate to ask for another viewing and try to arrange a second viewing at a different time so you get a different perspective.
  • Will you have to update the property, eg modernise a heating system or re-decorate? Remember such extra costs will have to be factored in.
  • What type of central and water heating systems are there and have they been regularly serviced?
  • Ask for the costs of Council Tax and average utility bills as these are outgoings you will have to budget for.
  • Check what is included in the sale – some vendors may ask for an additional price for fixtures and fittings, eg carpets, kitchen fittings, etc.
  • Check for signs of damp and subsidence and ask whether the property has cavity wall and loft insulation.
  • Check the land and garden(s) outside the home and check which boundaries the current home owner maintains and whether these are suitable for you.
  • Don't be pressurised into making an offer by the vendor or estate agent, check out prices of other homes for sale in the area and be prepared to negotiate.

When you have found the right home for you, let us know as soon as your offer has been accepted and we will guide you through the buying process. Lawson-West always use straight forward communication and legal jargon-free explanations so you can understand exactly where you are and what is happening.