Surveying advice on housing and property

Read some of our helpful surveying articles written by reallymoving.

Before you buy

There are a number of useful and important things to know before making the decision to buy a house. As a first time buyer, we have put together useful guides and advice which can help make things easier for you.

Identifying Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed can halt a house sale, but with a variety of ways to identify and treat it, it doesn't have to stop you buying your perfect home.

Before you buy, Plants and Gardens

How to check your credit score

If you’re eager to get a mortgage, one of the first things to consider is your credit score, as it may have an impact on how much you can borrow and what rate of interest you pay.

Buying a house, Before you buy, Help and Advice

Should you rent or buy a property?

The decision to buy your own property is a big one, and there may be times when you’re torn between renting or buying. There are some situations where one is preferable to the other. But how do you decide?

Buying a house, Before you buy, Renting

What is the Help to Buy ISA?

If you’re trying to save for a deposit as a first time buyer, a Help to Buy ISA is a supported government scheme that rewards you for saving.

Before you buy

The first time buyer's guide to mortgages

First time buyers can struggle with how much goes into buying a first home – if it’s not finding conveyancing solicitors or Chartered Surveyors, it’s saving up a deposit and choosing the right property.

First Time Buyers, Buying a house, Before you buy

Help to Buy in London

London’s property market presents unique challenges to those looking to buy their first home, with high house prices making it difficult for many would-be homebuyers to save the necessary deposit or meet mortgage lenders’ affordability criteria.

Conveyancing, Buying a house, Before you buy

Shared ownership versus shared equity

More first time buyers are jumping on the ladder in 2018, but it's not always easy.

Conveyancing, Before you buy, First time buyer

Buying a new build home versus buying an existing home

To a first time buyer, both new builds and existing homes have advantages and disadvantages - you just have to decide what you want.

Conveyancing, Before you buy, First time buyer

Freehold vs leasehold properties

Even if you know what leasehold and freehold properties are, figuring out which is the best option for you can be confusing.

Conveyancing, Before you buy, First time buyer