Six Things I Learnt Buying a House

May 24, 2018

Here I am again, banging on about moving. Sorry readers. But it’s a big deal, or at least for me anyway. During the whole process house buying was something I had no idea about and I learnt an awful lot. So today I’m sharing Six Things I Learnt Buying a House.

Fear not, this isn’t going to be a guide into how to buy a house. That’s not the idea of this. This blog is all the little things I learnt about buying a house. But I will say one thing, pick a solicitor that someone recommends (aka. this is the time that you listen to Daddy Pond). Also if you plan on using Help to Buy for a new build, don’t use the builder’s solicitor, they’ll tell you that you need a special solicitor. You don’t, use another party. There we go, grown up advice over. Back on to my Six Things I Learnt Buying a House.


#1 Be prepared to feel like you’re a kid all over again.

From speaking to everyone else I know (even those older than me) they have felt the same during the whole thing. Unless you’re into property, every purchase is different and each step of the process is pretty daunting. There was one day when I was stood in our house (second fix in the new buy process) chatting with the builder. He was telling me about our house and how it was made, and I felt about 5 years old. Fast forward a couple of weeks to exchanging paperwork. Chatting with the solicitor, both Dr W and I felt out of our depth. But luckily our solicitor was fantastic and walked us through every step of the process. It was reassuring and made the whole lot less daunting.

#2 No matter how organised you are, things will still go wrong.

From having to go to London last minute for a passport (woah how expensive?!) to people getting your name wrong on important paperwork. Just prepare yourself that blips will happen and keep your eyes on the prize. I’ve had to iron out some paperwork post mortgage but it’s all good. But also if you are organised 98.5% of the process will go to plan (or get done earlier!)


#3 Have a box you can pack the last bits into.

A friend told me this as a last minute bit of advice. Those bits around the house like that pad of post it notes you scribble notes to each other on, suitcase keys that just sit in a bowl on a shelf, your passport .etc. Get a little box, put them in there. I used a silver sparkly box so I could find my stuff when we moved. This bit of advice was pretty much the best I was given. It also meant we gathered up any last random bits!

#4 If you need a hand, give people notice.

New builds are annoying, new builds can complete quicker than you expect, new builds can make it difficult to move by yourself. Let’s just say we’ve agreed this is the last time Dr W plays removals man. We tried to give our friends as much notice as we could. But we also asked more people than we thought we would need. Because life happens and people may not be able to help.


#5 Completion is worse than exam results day, it takes forever to find out.

Jeez. Waiting for that money to move. Banking is a Mon-Fri 9-5:30 thing, for us that meant if the money cleared late on the Friday, we’d have waited for the Monday for keys. I know this is different if you are buying a regular house and not a new build. Lucky for us it happened eventually (~4pm on the Friday) and the keys were ours. It was all a bit under whelming in the end after weeks of stress. Dr W and I just laid on the carpet of our house bemused that this was the end of the journey! Haha!

#6 Pack treats, make sure the kettle is accessible and booze.

This is a given right?! Especially if people are helping you move. Make sure you can make them tea for those important flat pack moments. Feed them and give them a drink when you’re done. I should also admit cake goes down well too. Bakerdays* sent us a wonderful cake to celebrate our move filled with chocolate cookie cream. This letterbox cake is easily sent as it fits through your letterbox, so there’s no concern of a missed delivery. And if you want your own or to send one to a friend you can get 15% off at the checkout with MISSPOND15 (not-affiliate). It really is delicious cake!

What would be your tips to someone buying a house? How did you cope when you moved last? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Sophie June 15, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Great tips! Thanks for producing such a great guide, I’m sure it will help lots of people. I love number 6 – it’s always essential to have access to booze during stressful situations. I think it’s important to have people you can ask for help too. How are you finding living in a new build?

  • Reply Emmalene May 24, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Totally filing away under “useful life bits” I have no idea how I went about buying my house at 18… and now we’re coming to sell I realise I have no idea about that either!

    • Reply MissPond May 27, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      You probably didn’t have as much to move as we did at 18! House selling was worse than buying (we had a right time selling ours in Manc), I hope it goes ok!

  • Reply George May 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Not just new houses, but general moving advice I was given by my Gran.
    ONE: Pack a box of stuff you’ll need pretty immediately – put the kettle in there, teabags, enough mugs for you and any helpers and anything else you’ll need in those first few hours. Label this box UNPACK FIRST.
    TWO: Label all your boxes with which room they go in, and some idea of what’s in there, like KITCHEN – PANS. Then you can find stuff easier.
    THREE: Set up the kettle first, and then put up and make your bed. If you achieve nothing else that day, you can make a cuppa and have somewhere to sleep.

    • Reply MissPond May 27, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Yup – a marker pen (or many as they go missing) and an excess amount of selotape are worth investing in pre move that’s for sure!

  • Reply Oliver May 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I have helped people move before but have yet to buy my own house (knowing my gypsy-self, I probably never will lol) and I cannot stress enough how important #3 is!!

    Oliver x

    • Reply MissPond May 27, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Number 3 was a life saver! I’d have never found my work pass otherwise!

  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle May 24, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I can totally understand about moving home being a big deal as you are leaving a comfort zone and heading to a new place. These 6 tips are great for anyone who is moving at the moment.

    • Reply MissPond May 27, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      It was even that – having rented I was not attached. It’s a very stressful buying a house. VERY different to renting.

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