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Property Buying Guide
Discover how to buy a property in the UK



Our property buying guide is made up of many different articles and pieces from our website and property blog.

Click on the relevent sections to explore the topics you're interested in.

Preparing To Buy A House


Moving home checklist

Moving Home Checklist

When you go on a viewing for your potentially new house, it’s important to be aware of any issues that might affect the property. Use our property checklist as a reminder to avoid any nasty or hidden issues.

Cost of moving home

How To Work Out The Cost Of Moving Home

Within this guide we’ll cover all the costs you could encounter and give you some hints and tips to keep the cost down.

Stamp duty

Stamp Duty: Everything You Need To Know

This guide will help you work out how much stamp duty charges will cost you for the price range you're purchasing in.


Estate Agents & Viewings


Property viewing tips

Top Tips For Viewing A Property

Because we buy lots of properties every month, usually very fast, we have to know what to look for when we view and sometimes, just as importantly what we can ignore. Here are a few of our top tips.

Worst things to find on a house viewing

Worst Things To See On A House Viewing

A Passion For Homes ran a survey about the worst things to see on a viewing. Find out what they are so you can avoid missing out on a sale.

School catchement areas

Why It Isn’t All About Catchment Areas When Moving

Good school catchments are very high on a parent’s list of must haves, but how important is it really?

Flood risk area

How To Avoid Flood Risk Areas When Moving Home (Video)

Our Director Jonathan Rolande gives you his tips on avoiding flood risk areas in UK when moving house or purchasing a new home.

Crime and safety

Checking Levels Of Crime And Safety

Find out how you can check the crime and safety levels in an area that you want to move to.

Home survey condensation

Home Buyer Survey Shows Condensation, Should I Ask For A Reduction On Price (Video)

Had a home buyer survey that shows condensation, worried? See what our Director Jonathan Rolande has to say about it.

Proof of funds estate agents

Show Me The Money! Why Estate Agents Need Proof Of Funds

Buying a property without a mortgage? Find out why your estate agents want to see the proof of funds.

Property chain meaning

What Does The Term Chain Or No Upward Chain Mean?

Jonathan Rolande explains what the term chain or no upward chain means when buying or selling a property via estate agents.


Buying Through Other Routes


Buying property without estate agents

Buying Direct From Owner – What To Watch Out For

Many see a direct sale from an owner as property’s Holy Grail, but there are a few things to look out for first.

How to buy a house in the UK

How To Buy A House In The UK (Infographic)

Reached the decision to purchase a property a property in the UK? Find out more about the process here.


Mortgages & Solicitors


Buying property with cash

Are There Any Hidden Costs When Buying A Property Without A Mortgage?

Jonathan Rolande talks about potential hidden costs when buying a property without a mortgage.

What is a mortgage

What Is A Mortgage?

We explain what a mortgage is and how you go about obtaining one. How you can find the best mortgage deals going and who can help you.

What is a solicitor

What Is Conveyancing And What Does A Solicitor Do?

If you’re thinking about using a conveyancing service for purchasing a property then this article will explain the whole process and how it works.


Miscellaneous


Moving companies

How To Choose The Best Moving Company

This guide will help you choose the best removal company, find out how much removals cost and how to avoid dodgy removal companies.

Selling share of freehold

Selling Share Of Freehold & Changing Lease (Video)

If you sell a share of the freehold to a leaseholder, can you also change conditions of the lease.

Selling tenanted property

Selling A Tenanted Property (Video)

It's a very common situation where people would like to sell a property but they have tenants in situ, find out your options.

Part exchange sale explained

Part Exchange Process Explained (Video)

Jonathan talks about the part exchange process, how it works and things to be aware of when deciding if it's the right route for you to sell your house.

Energy Performance Certificates Explained

Energy Performance Certificates Explained

What are energy performance certificates, when do you need them and how much do they cost? All your questions about EPC's answered.

Difference Between Freehold And Leasehold Property

Freehold And Leasehold Ownership Explained

Confused about freehold and leasehold? We explain the difference between freehold and leasehold property ownership.