6 Expert Tips to Take Before Buying a House

As the excitement builds around National Home Buyers Week, which kicked off on the 22nd of March, it’s essential for first-time homebuyers to be well-informed and equipped for this significant milestone. Anna McEntee, an expert from Comparethemarket’s home insurance team, sheds light on six crucial steps that can guide newcomers through the intricate process of purchasing their dream home. By adhering to these steps, first-time buyers can be confident in navigating the path from securing a mortgage in principle to enjoying the satisfaction of the moving day.

Anna said: “By following these steps, first-time buyers are more likely to be fully prepared when it comes to purchasing their first home; from agreeing on a mortgage in principle, all the way through to moving day:

Get a mortgage in principle

A mortgage in principle acts as proof that you’re able to borrow and are serious about buying. Some estate agents will want to see a mortgage agreement in principle before you can make an offer, particularly if you’re a first-time buyer. Use an online mortgage calculator to help you estimate how much money you can borrow, and to figure out what you can realistically afford.

Start house-hunting

Once you start looking at properties, make sure you’re asking the right questions, including talking with estate agents to understand if what you’re looking for falls within your budget. Once you’ve found the right property, you can put in your opening offer with the estate agent, who will act as a go-between.

Apply for a mortgage

After your offer has been accepted, it’s time to turn your mortgage in principle into the real thing. There are many mortgage types available, so research your options to decide which is best for you. The process of applying for a mortgage can be long and you’ll need to answer lots of questions, so make sure you’re prepared for this.

Exchange contracts

A solicitor will help you through the complicated paperwork and contract process, acting on your behalf to communicate with the sellers. Your purchase becomes legally binding once contracts are exchanged – which usually happens once your deposit has been paid – meaning you will officially own your own property. As a legal homeowner, one of the first things you should do is protect your property with home insurance. This means if anything goes wrong, even prior to collecting your keys and moving in, your insurance should cover you.

Prepare for the move

There’s a lot to do in the lead-up to the moving day, such as giving notice to your landlord, ordering new furniture, and letting utility providers know you’ll be moving. If you own a car, you should also let your car insurance provider and the DVLA know about your move, so you don’t risk invalidating your insurance.

Move into your new home

After collecting your keys, one of the first things you should do is take a meter reading. This is important to ensure your energy supplier can bill you correctly. Moving day may be very stressful, but remember what a big achievement this is for you. Take a deep breath and celebrate successfully buying your very own home!”


successfully purchasing your first home can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. By following Anna McEntee’s expert advice and adhering to these six crucial steps, you can confidently embark on your journey to homeownership. As you celebrate your achievements and settle into your new home, remember that being well-informed and prepared will ensure a smoother and more enjoyable process. For further guidance and answers to common questions, be sure to check out Comparethemarket’s comprehensive moving home checklist.