Finding a property

Searching for the right property can take time, so it is wise to make a list of the must-haves and ideals you would like in your next home. As well as registering with your local Leaders branch where one of our property consultants will take a full list of your requirements, you can sign up for email alerts online about new properties so that you know as soon as a property is available.

Being able to view properties promptly will ensure that you do not miss out on your perfect home.

During viewings it is important to take your time and ask as many questions as possible. Remember that it is the house you are buying, not the current occupier's decorative tastes or furniture. Often properties might look small as a result of furniture that is larger than you would choose, or the feel of a room can be changed by individual belongings. So it is best to try to imagine each room empty and then visualise your own furniture instead.

Most people view a property more than once before making a decision on it, and if you do this it makes sense to view at different times of day so you get a feel for the property in different lights. It is a big decision and it is best to be 100 per cent happy before you proceed.

The next step: Making an offer