Buying a house – a Which? guide

Property expert Tracy Kellett explains how to buy a house. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or moving house for the 20th time, our summary of the key steps to take to find your dream home will help you secure your next property quickly and easily.

The video outlines how to manage the relationship with your estate agent, find out about properties before they hit the market or the internet, and get the most out of property viewings. Plus making an offer, mortgage offers in principle, what to prioritise your spending on and making yourself an attractive buyer – all explained.

5 Responses to Buying a house – a Which? guide

  1. David Atkins

    I keep hearing the same advice about viewing lots of properties. Where I am, we're lucky if a new property comes on the market every couple of months, then it's a free for all! I've viewed a place I like but cannot go above asking price so will lose out again. It's just a vicious circle.

  2. Linda Saunders Estate Agents

    Location, location, location. The experts have always said don't compromise on location. The wrong property in the right area is better than the right property in the wrong area. However sometimes we have to do what we have to do.

  3. Matthew Smith

    she is clearly speaking from an estate agent's pint of view.

  4. Abdul Jabbar

    No tupid. My advice is check for defects and damp etc whilst viewings as this would save you cost solicitor and conveyancing costs. Walking away before you waste time and money of hungry agents etc.

  5. muskndusk

    I disagree with many of the 'words of wisdom' given in this vid. Do focus on location rather than house size; if the houses you're looking at are above budget, don't change location (if it's a good one) but look at houses which need decorative work/modernisation; DO go round tapping walls and noticing damp patches, surveyors vary in how good they are and you can find yourself with larger renovation bills than expected. Most surveys don't tell you how much something will cost to fix, if you're lucky, they might point out the fault then it's up to you to get someone to give you an estimate of the cost to put this right, these estimates, on a house which isn't yet yours, cost money.