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Buying a home comes with a lot of dreams, needs and wants, but there’s another consideration, too – budget. Whether you’re taking your first step on the property ladder or moving on to bigger and better things, how can you make every pound count?

Maximising your budget might seem impossible; after all, a downstairs WC is a must, and you’ve always hoped for a driveway. But are these wants and desires preventing you from finding something you can actually afford?

Be realistic

Before you start house-hunting, jot down a list of things you must have and things that you’d like but aren’t necessary. This may help open you up to properties you might not have previously considered viewing.

Location 

If you’re driven by location, you’re always going to be limited in choice and price. Can you look beyond the area? Could you get more for your money if you extended your search? And in a time where WFH is the new norm, changing location could really help you save some pennies.

Get DIY ready

A property that’s perfect in every way will have a much higher asking price. Those kitchen appliances may be shiny and new, and the rainfall shower may look luxurious, but they will add to the purchase price.

Save money by looking at homes that need a bit of work. You don’t need to commit to a huge renovation project, but taking on some work yourself could mean you pay less upfront.

Look to the future

Ok, you wanted a big kitchen and were hoping for an extra room downstairs, but do you need these things right now? Look into properties that have the potential to extend (outwards and upwards), and this can be something you do later. You’ll be adding value by increasing square footage, so you can reap the benefits if you ever decide to sell. Also, check if there are permitted development rights which can save the hassle of a future planning application.

Buy what you need

Be wise with your budget, don’t pay out for things you just don’t need. A huge garden is a great idea, but not if you’re going to struggle to maintain it. Similarly, paying a premium for being close to transport links may be unnecessary if you work from home. Don’t get tempted by extras that tip your budget over the edge.

If you’re looking for a new home, call us at Edward Ashdale. We’ll help you find something within your budget