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Buying your first home can be an overwhelming experience. There’s a lot to decide on and once you do, you’re stuck with the decision for decades to come. It’s also rather difficult to estimate what the right price is since you will probably be paying off the mortgage for a long time.

That’s why it’s important to have a clear idea of what your new house should be and to devise a plan based on that idea that will help you search for that home and save money where ever you can.

The down paymentThe down payment

The size of your down payment will determine how big your monthly rates are going to be and for how long you are going to be paying off the mortgage. Some banks require you to put down at least some down payment while others accept loans without them if they can bring the rate up.

The standard amount is 20 percent of the sum. This means that you’re going to have to save up just to be able to get the loan you need for buying a home.

The paperwork

Buying a home requires a lot of paperwork. There’s usually a lot of data that the banks look for in order to decide whether to give you a long-term loan or not. Real estate agencies, on the other hand, have their own interest and their own data to collect. All of this can take a while and slow your house hunting down.

The best way to go is to have a detailed list of what you might need and to have a couple of copies of all of the documents prepared beforehand. It’s a bit of work but it makes things easier in the long run.

Contractors

It’s imperative to ask a contractor to help you choose a home. Even if the home is brand new and even more so if it isn’t, the contractor will be able to spot and explain the problems that might appear with it.  This shouldn’t be someone provided by the agency, but rather someone you’ve chosen yourself. Make sure you hire a quantity surveyor who’ll be able to estimate the construction costs for you. Working with professionals is highly recommended because that way you’ll know exactly how much money you’ll need in order to get the job done. Also, it is very important to find a surveyor who can tailor their service according to your requirements.

Playing the marketPlaying the market

In order to make such a complex decision, you need to be familiar with what’s actually offered out there. That means that you need to check out as many real estate agents as you can and compare both the prices of properties and the services the agencies are providing.

It isn’t enough to focus only on the prices. It’s also important to find a company that will reflect your values and beliefs

The location

In the end, you’re not only buying a property, you’re also buying the location on which the property is based. You should try to investigate the area in which your new home is located. Start with the price of the property, but don’t stop there. The state of the infrastructure and the public buildings in your area are also an important part of this decision.

Have in mind that the neighborhood can also change significantly as time goes by and you need to factor that in if you plan to actually use the home and stay in it for years.

Before you buy a home, you need to investigate all the factors involved. Take your time and go into details because that can save you a lot of money in the future.