Buying a house

  • How to find your dream home within budget - and when to negotiate on price
  • Surveys, conveyancing, exchange and completion: we untangle the jargon
  • From new-build homes to property auctions, our experts explain everything you need to know

What's in this guide

The cost of buying a house

From surveys to removals, we list all the costs you should budget for when buying a property. Contains video

How to find a property

What to think about when buying a new home - and the best places to look for it. Contains video

Buying a house: 7 top tips

Follow our expert tips to make the property-buying process run as smoothly as possible. Contains video

Estate agents: registering and your rights

Getting the agents on side could help you find your dream home more quickly. Here's how. Contains video

Viewing a property: 10 top tips

The questions to ask and things to check when viewing a house or flat. Contains video

What to check when buying a house

Five important questions to ask before signing on the dotted line. Contains video

Leasehold vs freehold

We explain what leasehold and freehold mean, plus pros and cons and how to extend a lease. Contains video

Making an offer on a house or flat

How to decide how much to offer - and when to bid below the asking price. Contains video

Gazumping and sealed bids

We explain what gazumping is and how to avoid it, plus sealed bids and best and final offers.

Property auctions

Buying a house at auction can help you score a bargain. We explain the process, pros and cons. Contains video

House surveys explained

We explain house survey types and costs to help you decide which is right for you.

Tenants in common vs joint tenancy

Buying a property with a friend or partner? We explain the forms of ownership available to you.


What is conveyancing and how do you choose the best property solicitor? Which? explains.

How to manage a property chain

Our tips on keeping a chain moving - and avoiding being in one altogether.

Buying a house: tips from the experts

Property experts explain how they used their experience to manage their own home moves.

Moving house diaries

Recent homebuyers tell us what they wish they'd known before they moved house. Contains video

Buying a house: stress-busters

A range of experts offer tips on how to reduce stress when buying a house.

House price index: what you need to know

House price indices can be confusing. We explain how to get the most out of them.

Exchange and completion

Exchanging and completing is the ultimate goal when buying a property. Here's how it works.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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