25 Things You Learn When You Buy Your First Home

25 Things You Learn When You Buy Your First Home

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
5th November 2015 (Last updated on Monday 21st August 2017)

Making the big decision to buy your first home is an exciting thing, but before you start the search and book viewings, here are a few things you should know.

Here are the 25 things you learn when you buy your first house:

1. You're Not as Grown Up as You Think

You thought you were ready to buy, but now you're considering moving to Neverland, because Peter Pan doesn't have to grow up and pay bills.

2. You Need To Keep Paperwork Organised

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. You now realise that you probably should have kept your payslips safe and bought one of those fancy files so finding your documents would be easier.

3. You Can't Afford Any of the Things You Pinned on Pinterest

You've spent months pinning pictures of your dream décor, the exact sofa and the ideal kitchen, but now it comes down to buying these things you can't afford them. Pinterest you little tease!

4. Estate Agents Are Persistent

Estate agents will ring you all the time to mention new properties, old properties, properties you've already seen and so on. They want you to buy one of their listed homes and they'll annoy you until you do.

5. You Sound More and More Like Your Parents Every Day

You now understand the importance of insurance, savings and all that other boring stuff. You're getting ‘old'.

6. There's No Such Thing As a Perfect House for Your Budget

Let's face it, you're never going to get that 5 bedroom mansion by the sea with a double garage for £120,000, are you?

7. Buying a House in Your Precise Preferred Location is Like Gold Dust

If you like it, then odds on everyone else does too. Being the successful purchaser of a property in a first choice location is more luck and speed than anything else.

8. You're More Willing to Live Further Away from the City

You may start out looking at properties in the city centre but soon realise you can get more for your money if you move further out into the suburbs.

9. The Property Market is Ruthless...

With more buyers than sellers, properties are in high demand, so you've got to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

10. ...And Suddenly Fast Paced Just Before You Make An Offer

It's sod's law; you find a property you love, but as you ‘sleep on it' someone puts an offer in and it's accepted.

11. Property websites Take Over Your Life

You constantly check if any new properties have been listed online so you can be the first to view and possibly offer on a property.

12. No One Accepts a Cheeky First Offer (Unless You're Very Lucky)

If you don't ask, you don't get, but if you offer way below the asking price you're almost certainly going to have to negotiate a bit.

13. Everyone Wants to See Your House But No One Wants to Help Out

The truth of the matter is, people are nosey, but they don't care enough to graft for it. Don't expect people to come visit your first home until it's in a move-in state.

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15. You Never Want to Fill in Paperwork Again

It's no secret, there is a lot of paperwork to fill in when acquiring a mortgage in principal and then going through conveyancing.

16. You Begin to Resent Solicitors

Their services are expensive and it takes weeks for the conveyancing process to be completed. Buying a house is an exciting time, but the enthusiasm may wear off by the time you get the keys.

17. You Panic You've Done Something Bad in Your Past

It happens to everyone; you've never committed a crime, never even got a CCJ, but as soon as someone runs a background check you panic what they may find.

18. Packing is Never Fun...

You're excited about moving into your new house, but packing is oh so tedious.

19.... And Unpacking Seems to Take Months


We're all familiar with the phrase “I'll do it tomorrow”.

20. Houses Are Expensive...

There's nothing more expensive than handing over hundreds of thousands of pounds for somewhere to live.

21. ... And Bills Are Ridiculous...

Gas, electricity, water, internet, TV – it all adds up!

22. But It's Still More Affordable Than Renting

Your mortgage is considerably less than what you were spending on rent – get in!

23. Putting the Heating On is a Last Resort

Fleecy blankets and thick jumpers are your new best friend for the foreseeable future.

24. You Suddenly Become Very House Proud

You're allowed to be messy, but no one else is allowed to be untidy in your home. Shoes off at the door please people!

24. But All the Stress is Worth it to Say “I Own a House”

Despite the bills, the packing of boxes and turning into your parents, the stresses of buying your first home are well worth it in the end, just to be able to say “I did that. I am a homeowner”.

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If you're still thinking about buying your first home, then be sure to read our Beginner's Guide to Buying Your First Home and come back to Comparemymove.com when you need to hire your removal company.

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