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Tips For Finding Your Perfect Home

It is super exciting when the time comes to start looking for a property that you want to make your forever home. And it doesn’t matter much if you are a seasoned buyer looking for that final house or a first-time buyer ready to make to jump into ownership. It is exciting and inspiring, but it can raise your blood pressure and make you feel stressed pretty quickly too. 

Here are some tips when you are starting to search for your first home. 


If you already own a property then you will know what it really takes to get it all signed on the dotted line, and you will have an idea of how much your property is worth – so you have a clear indicator of your budget too. But if you haven’t got that size of asset you are working on deposits and mortgage rates. Your deposit will typically be somewhere in the region of 5-10%, and the rest will be made up by a mortgage. It is a good idea to talk to a range of mortgage lenders and an independent financial advisor too. You are going to understand your budget and the impact that makes on what you can afford monthly. It is always a good idea to get an Agreement in Principle so you know how much you can borrow even before you have seen a house that you want/ Remember you need to cover stamp duty, tax, solicitors fees, removal and more. 

Needs V Wants

When you know what you can afford, you can start looking for what you need and want. If you have children or will have soon, you are looking for more rooms – because you need them. If you are a lover of period properties, then you might be looking for something from a specific time period – that is a want. 

Make a list of the things that you absolutely need to have, then add the wants on top. There might be several properties that meet all of the desires but none of the needs. Or half of the needs and one of the wants. You’ll need to weigh up what becomes more important. You should always remember that you can make the most of the wants happen after you have moved in. 


This is a lot of fun but might pose some questions about where you want to live vs what is sensible. The best thing you can do is to input your details into a property finder, so you are getting daily alerts. You can also get in touch with estate agents and search local newspapers for any listings. There are going to be plenty of people on an estate agents list, and most of them aren’t very serious, which will mean they won’t get a phone call. The more serious people, actively looking, narrowed down the search to something that is achievable shows the agent that you are serious. You’re more likely to get a call when something pops up. 

First impressions

The moment you see the house, you should try to not fall in love too quickly. It is often the case that people fall for the idea of the home rather than the practical aspects. 

And finally, always books a second and third viewing when possible. Don’t rush into the decision and do as much research on the area between the first viewing and the second one as you can. 

County Homesearch Turns 30!

County Homesearch Celebrates 30 years of success

In 1988, the very first GCSEs were sat by nervous 16 year olds. The Liberal Democrats were formed with Paddy Ashdown as leader. The first BBC Red Nose Day raised £15 million for charity. Change was also afoot in the UK property market, with the founding of The County Homesearch Company. 30 years on, they’re still searching the length and breadth of the UK to find people their forever home.

County Homesearch comprises a network of highly experienced and knowledgeable property finders. Think Kirstie and Phil in Channel 4’s ‘Location, Location, Location’. They will scour your preferred property search area to find a shortlist of homes, view them on your behalf and report back in detail. With a house then chosen they can help you negotiate a price deduction and even recommend movers. Hiring a property finder is a brilliant way of taking the stress out of moving home, especially if you’re short on time or live far away from your desired location.

Since its establishment 30 years ago, County Homesearch has helped a whole variety of people find their perfect home, with a range of briefs and budgets. Retirees, second-home owners, young families- they’ve helped them all. They have provided celebrities with a confidential and discreet service and guided parents wanting to help their children take a first step on the property ladder

Commenting on County Homesearch’s 3 decades of success, Director, Lisa Green stated: “when I joined County Homesearch in 2009, many people were predicting the demise of traditional estate agents and property finders due to the amount of information available on the internet. However, in our experience clients do still value a personal approach and expert local knowledge. Instead of business reducing we are actually seeing a higher number of enquiries from a much broader client base. Typically people needing help to find somewhere quite specific, people moving to a new area or those who simply don’t having the time in their busy lives to search themselves.

Using their considerable knowledge of the property market, including the rental sector, the property finders have been able to secure their clients significant discounts. They often make good use of their extensive local networks to find those hidden gems that never even reach the public market and normally change hands behind the scenes. Such expertise has served County Homesearch well into the new internet age, sourcing properties that people can’t find online

A significant number of County Homesearch clients are from overseas, either ex-pats looking to return or people looking to move to the UK for the first time. Far from leading to the demise of the profession, advancements in technology since 1988, such as email, cloud hosting and the internal property portals have significantly improved the effectiveness of a property finder working with clients over long distances. As well as being able to sift through information overload from online searches, they can now quickly and easily send clients detailed reports on each property, including extensive photos and videos that show clients the key things the estate agent left out of the brochure and saving the potential buyer valuable travel time and expense

The County Homesearch network of property finders currently covers a huge expanse of the UK, from the north of London, through the Midlands and up into the north-west and North Wales. They can even source properties in the holiday home hotspots of south-west England. As one of the few property finders operating outside of London and the Home Counties, they can provide you with a comprehensive service that considers all the possibilities out there.

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