Five tips to securing your perfect marital home’

15 Mar 2017

Whether you're looking for your first home while wedding planning or taking the leap after the big day, here are some top tips to finding the perfect place for you

There is so much to think about when you’re getting married, from obvious things like the dress, venue and of course the shoes, to things you hadn’t even considered, like a microphone for speeches, gluten-free guests and what to do if it rains?

With all this preparation and lots to think about, other important life decisions can remain on hold. A big one is buying your first home.

While more and more couples live together before they’re married, there are still many who wait until after they’ve tied the knot to put down a deposit on their first home. This can be quite overwhelming and something extra to think about when getting married.

Miller Homes shares some top tips on how to prepare for your second biggest day of your life – buying your first home.

1. What's important to you?

Decide what you and your partner really want and make a checklist. You might both want different things, so decide early what you can and can’t compromise on. Does it have to be a certain location or is the most important aspect having three bedrooms, or an open plan kitchen and dining space? Is this a starter home for the two of you or are you planning on having a family here? Once you have agreed on what you want and have a budget in mind, it’s time to start looking.

2. Get a feel for the area

You probably have a good idea about locations but it is worth getting to know the area a little bit better. Have a look at the local amenities, what are the transport links like and is there enough going on? Have a walk around and get to know the local estate agents, as they can be the ticket to finding out the next hot property or development to hit the market.

3. Take a good look inside

It’s great to look online at photos of your chosen property and get a good feel of the interior before you visit. Some new properties have virtual tours, which are perfect for giving you an even better idea of the space and layout on offer. If you are purchasing a brand new property and buying off plan, getting a feel of the designs and layouts of your home and taking a look at the interior of similar properties is very important. You can even have a hand in shaping your dream home at this stage, giving it a personal touch by picking out everything from appliances and flooring to tiles and bathroom suites.

4. Ask the experts

It’s a busy time in the run up to a wedding but it is worth making an appointment with an independent financial advisor to find out what mortgage is right for you. You can also find out about incentives like Help To Buy, the government-backed scheme that helps buyers secure a mortgage on a new build home with only a 5% deposit. Remember to consider costs like a survey, mortgage arrangement fee and insurance as these can vary in price. Also, think about adding the essential items you both need to set up home to your wedding gift list.

5. The big (moving) day

The big day has arrived (after your wedding day, of course). Time to exchange, complete and move in. This can be stressful so make sure you have a bottle of champagne on ice for that first night in your new home. Get your friends to help you on moving day as it will save money on removal companies, especially if someone has a van they can lend you. Have a look at the Miller Homes website to see the top videos for first time buyers, including moving hacks you should know about. Then it’s time to be carried over the threshold and start enjoying your married life in your beautiful new home.

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