Be prepared to view as soon as possible

The best properties don’t remain available for very long. Make sure you registered with Household and be ready to view quickly.

Put yourself in a position to buy

Speak to our mortgage team before you find a house. This way you will be fully qualified and in a strong position to offer when the right property becomes available.

Multiple viewings

Try and view the property more than once at different times of the day, especially at weekends when everyone is at home and at rush hour to check how local roads may be affected by congestion. If this property is to be yours, then you need to have as much information as possible about not only the house but also the surrounding area.

Look beneath the surface

When buying a house it is important to make an impartial judgement based on every aspect of the property. Make sure you distinguish between major work and ‘cosmetic’ work. Don’t let your judgment be clouded.

Location, location, location

Research the local schools, shops, parking, transport and neighbours to get a good feel of what it will be like to live there.

Ask lots of direct questions about the property

If this is going to be the property of your dreams then ask as many questions as you can about it. Remember to ask about any previous building work that has been undertaken, as well as any major faults that have been highlighted.

Don't be put off by a property that is on the market at a low price compared to others in the area

In this housing market some of the best deals are sold on behalf of developers and lenders and are priced to sell quickly. These properties include some of the best value houses around, so remember to give these your consideration.