Buying A House
What Are The Hidden Costs

Buying a house for the first time can be both exciting and scary at the same time. Being aware of all the hidden costs involved will help you to not only make the whole process a lot less frightening, but will also allow you to manage your budget better and save yourself a lot of financial heartache.

This page is about the hidden costs involved in buying a house. Make sure that you find out exactly how much each will cost when planning your budget and before you take the plunge into the house buying market.

Hidden costs of home buying

There are often lots of initial costs involved when buying your home. Here are a few of them to consider:

  • Legal charges for your solicitor or conveyancer

  • Arrangement fees for your mortgage

  • Valuation fees

  • Survey costs
  • Land registry search charges

  • Property insurance's

  • Removal expenses

  • Connection of utility charges

There may be other hidden costs for your area or country so always ask your estate agent/ realtor from the start.

Once you have chosen your property

Before you commit yourself to buying a house etc, there are some important things to consider about your new home. We made the mistake of not talking to our prospective new neighbours before we bought our current home; luckily for us there were no neighbourhood issues.

But many people after moving into their new home discover that they have noisy neighbours or other neighbourhood issues that makes their new home less appealing. So before you sign on the dotted line find out about:

  • The cost of the local council tax's in your area (they can be a shock in some neighbourhoods)
  • Find out if there are any local planning applications that may affect your decision to buy.
  • What are the local amenities in the area? The closer the better as this will reduce the costs of travel.
  • Ask the current owner what the utility bills have been for the last twelve months, this will help you budget.
  • Speak to neighbours and ask them about the area, they will know of any problems in the area which your estate agent will not necessarily want you to know about.

The best advice for any frugal home buying person is to shop around and then to shop around some more and compare and compare again.

Yes it takes time but by doing a lot of the checking yourself and not putting all your trust in others to make the right decision for you such as financial advisors and mortgage arrangers you are far more likely to get the best deal for you and your finances.

The sad truth is that a lot of advisors are not necessarily putting your financial future first and indeed we used several advisors when we first started out. It was amazing the difference in the offers we were told about.

Times may be hard and home buying may not be within your grasp at present, but by putting your frugal budget into action now, you will be much better placed in the future to be the proud owner of your own property.

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