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10 Essential Tips from Fortis for First-Time Buyers

6 months ago
10 Essential Tips from Fortis for First-Time Buyers

Welcome, First-Time Homebuyers!
Are you ready to embark on the exciting adventure that is buying your first home in Cardiff? Great, because the team here at Fortis are looking forward to being your trusty guide! We have some fantastic tips and advice that will help you navigate the home-buying process with confidence.

So let’s get started..

Tip 1. Don’t Let Emotions Run the Show – While entering a charming house with a white picket fence may stir your heart, remember that buying a home is a significant financial decision. Stay grounded, take lots of deep breaths and always let your head lead the way.

Tip 2. Get Your Finances in Order – Ah, finances, the necessary evil. Before you start house hunting, make sure your credit score is looking sharp and consider getting a decision in principle (DIP) for a mortgage in place. This step will give you a clear idea of your budget and demonstrate to the estate agent and the seller that you mean business.

Tip 3. The Art of House Hunting – Get ready to unleash your inner detective!
• Make a list of your must-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’ in a home.
• Research different areas that are of interest to you at different times of the day.
• Make lots of notes (or take pictures) on the pros & cons of the location.

Always remember, it’s okay to fall in love with a house, but don’t forget Tip #1!

Tip 4. The Inspection Survey – Once you’ve found “the one,” it’s time to get down and dirty with a survey. Hire a qualified surveyor to uncover any hidden issues that might turn your dream home into a money pit. You don’t want any surprises lurking in the basement!

Tip 5. The Art of Negotiation – Now, this is where things can get spicy! When it comes to getting your dream home for the best price, channel your inner negotiator, but remember to be reasonable. Consult with your estate agent in Cardiff, and do not be afraid to haggle – what have you got to lose?

Tip 6. Embrace the Paperwork Tsunami – Brace yourself for an avalanche of paperwork. From contracts to questionnaires, fixtures and fittings to money laundering – it can feel overwhelming. Take your time, read everything carefully, and don’t hesitate to ask questions. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to signing for what will probably be the biggest purchase of your life.

Tip 7. Surround Yourself with a Dream Team – No, we’re not talking about unicorns and rainbows (although that would be cool). We mean building a reliable team of professionals, such as estate agents, mortgage brokers, conveyancers and surveyors who will guide you through the process. They’re the superheroes who will protect you from any roadblocks lurking in the shadows.

Tip 8. The Great Moving Adventure – Ah, moving, the joyous event that makes us realise just how much “stuff” we’ve accumulated over the years. Start decluttering early, pack strategically, and enlist the help of friends! And don’t forget to label your boxes, or you might end up with your underwear in the kitchen!

Tip 9. The Sweet Taste of Victory – Congratulations, you’ve made it! You’re now a proud homeowner. Celebrate this milestone, throw a housewarming party, and revel in the joy of having a space you can call your own. Pop that champagne and let the good times roll!

Tip 10. Embrace the Imperfections – Owning a home is an ongoing adventure, filled with repairs, renovations, and a fair share of surprises. Embrace the imperfections, because they’re what make your home uniquely yours.

Are You Ready To Jump On The Property Ladder?
As a first-time buyer in Cardiff, finding the right neighbourhood needn’t be a challenge if you follow our tips. If you’ve chosen an area in Cardiff and need more information, get in touch with our friendly team at Fortis on 02920561111 or at hello@fortis.homes.

We’re experts in the Cardiff property market and will help you find the perfect home!

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