Buying a house isn’t something that can be done quickly. It’s a long process that many people can end up finding very stressful, but with these top tips, you can make the experience a manageable one, which will pay off in the decision making department too.

Research well in advance

As soon as you know you’re planning on moving – get searching. Look online, look in magazines and even in shop fronts to find real estate listings. Make a note of all the properties you like the look of, and observe what tends to stay on the market for longer and if the prices drop. This will give you an idea of how everything works, and it’ll help you when you plan on viewing places.

What can you afford?

Figure out how much money you can put into buying your house. Decide on a maximum limit, and stick to it. You don’t want to end up with trouble from your bank because you can’t pay off the loan in time. Remember that the house may need work on it, so you may not just be paying to buy it, you may be paying to renovate it too.

You will also want to have an idea of how much it’ll cost to keep on a monthly and yearly basis.

Find an agent

It is so important to find the right real estate agent for you, because they will be by your side throughout the whole process.

Companies like provide you with information about locations, neighborhoods, and properties that may not be easy to find yourself. They will also be experts at making deals, negotiating prices and spotting hidden gems, so it’s a very good idea to get one.

Inspect the home

Home inspections are to check for any damages within the structure of the house, or any general things that will need to be fixed.

Once the inspection has happened, you and the seller will receive a full report of what the inspector found. This is the part where you can ask the seller to fix the issues before closing the sale. You will walk through the home and discuss what areas you want sorting (if any) and the seller will either agree to sort it out or not. Another thing you can do if there are a number of repairs to be made, is to accept the responsibility of the repairs, if the seller agrees to knock a little money off the asking price. You can expect to be denied this, but you won’t know until you try.

Sort the paperwork and close the sale

There is a lot of paperwork that comes with buying a house. The day of closing the deal, you will be expected to sign all the appropriate documents, including the papers for your loan.

Once the loan has been sent to the seller and they confirm they have received payment, there’s just one thing left to do, and that’s to go ahead and move into your brand new home!