First Time Buyer Guide

Buying your first home is an exhilarating journey, filled with hopes, dreams and, admittedly, a bit of apprehension. This guide is designed to navigate you through this process with ease, making your transition into homeownership as smooth as possible.

Understanding the Buying Process

Step 1: Assess Your Finances Before embarking on your property search, it’s vital to get a clear picture of your financial standing. This involves calculating your savings for a deposit, understanding the mortgage you can afford and considering additional costs such as stamp duty, solicitor fees and survey costs. A mortgage in principle can give you an idea of how much lenders are willing to offer, setting a realistic budget for your house hunt.

Step 2: The Search Begins Guildford, with its charming streets and vibrant community, offers a variety of properties suitable for first-time buyers. Whether you’re looking for a cosy flat near the town centre or a starter home with green spaces, our listings cater to diverse needs and budgets. Utilise online tools, visit our office, or contact our agents to stay updated on the latest properties.

Step 3: Making an Offer Once you’ve found your dream home, it’s time to make an offer. Our experienced agents can guide you through this process, offering advice on how to negotiate and what to expect. Remember, your offer should reflect both the property’s value and your budget.

Step 4: The Legal Process After your offer is accepted, the conveyancing process begins. This is where solicitors step in to handle the legal aspects of the purchase, from conducting property searches to drafting contracts. It’s important to choose a solicitor experienced in residential property transactions for a smooth process.

Step 5: Final Steps to Ownership The final steps include your mortgage offer, and preparing for the exchange of contracts. This is the point of no return, where you commit to the purchase. Finally, completion day arrives when you receive the keys to your new home.

Budgeting for Your First Home

Buying your first home is not just about the purchase price. It’s crucial to budget for all associated costs to avoid any surprises. This includes solicitor fees, survey costs, mortgage arrangement fees, moving fees and possibly stamp duty. Additionally, consider the ongoing costs of homeownership, such as council tax, utility bills and maintenance costs.

Choosing the Right Mortgage

With an array of mortgage products available, finding the one that suits your financial situation is essential. Fixed-rate mortgages offer the security of knowing your monthly payments, while tracker mortgages can provide savings if interest rates fall. It’s worth consulting with a mortgage advisor to explore your options and secure the best deal.

The Importance of a Good Solicitor

A solicitor plays a pivotal role in the home-buying process, handling the legalities and ensuring that the transaction adheres to all legal requirements. Choosing a solicitor with a solid track record in residential property transactions can make a significant difference in the smoothness of your purchase.

Surveying Your Future Home

A property survey can unearth structural issues or necessary repairs, potentially saving you from future expenses. Depending on the age and condition of the property, you might opt for a simple condition report, a more detailed homebuyer report, or a comprehensive building survey.

The Final Countdown: Exchange and Completion

The exchange of contracts is a critical moment, marking your legal commitment to buying the property. A completion date is set, often two weeks after the exchange, leading to the moment when you finally hold the keys to your new home. This period is your last chance to address any remaining questions or concerns.

Your New Home in Guildford

As you embark on this exciting journey towards homeownership in Guildford, remember that Belvoir Guildford is here to support you every step of the way. Our expertise and local knowledge ensure that you find not just a house, but a home that meets your needs and budget.


Ready to find your dream home in Guildford? Contact Belvoir Guildford today to start your journey. Our friendly team is eager to guide you through each step, making your first home purchase as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.