4 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home!

News at Church Robinson | 30/09/2022

When you’re buying a home, it can feel like there are a million things to consider. Your housing search might feel overwhelming at first, but with time and research, you will be able to make the right choices for your future. However, buying a home is not an easy process for everyone. Many potential home buyers get stuck along the way because they make avoidable mistakes when looking for their dream house. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid when buying a home.

Falling in love with the first house you see

The first house you see might not be the best fit for your needs. As with any major purchase, the more you know about a product before buying, the better your decision will be. Housing is no different. Take the time to do your research. Consider visiting multiple houses in different areas and get a detailed breakdown of each home’s costs. You ought to talk to a mortgage broker to see how much each house payment will be. This will help you make an accurate comparison of each house and find the best fit for your needs.


Not having an accurate home estimate

Home buying can be a stressful experience, especially if you are relying on a mortgage to help fund the purchase. It’s important to have an accurate home estimate so you know how much home you can afford. There are several ways to find this information. You can use a free online calculator, talk to a mortgage broker, or even talk to an estate agent. It’s important to account for all expenses. You should include things like closing costs, maintenance costs, and insurance costs in your home estimate. This will help you determine how much house you can afford without going over budget.

Being overly flexible on your offer price

The market often dictates the price of a home. It’s important not to get overzealous and start making offers that are significantly lower than the asking price. This can put you at a disadvantage, and buyers will often go above asking price to win the house. You should always make an offer that reflects the current market value of the home. You can do your research to make sure your offer is a fair price. If you want to make a lower-priced offer, make sure you have a strong reason for doing so.

Letting your emotions get the best of you

Buying a home is a big emotional milestone. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and let your emotions take over. There are some things you can do to avoid this. Take your time when looking for a home. Get a handle on your finances and keep an open mind when visiting houses. If a house is outside of your criteria, try to figure out why. This can help you avoid emotional pitfalls when making your decision.



The path to homeownership is complicated; each journey is as individual as the person embarking on it. Even with the most careful planning and preparation, homebuyers can still encounter bumps in the road along the way. What's important is knowing how to navigate those obstacles. It's important to recognise the mistakes often made by first-time homebuyers, such as hiring the wrong real estate agent, falling in love with the first house you see, or being overly flexible on your offer price. It's also important to know how to navigate those obstacles. With careful planning and a bit of luck, your path to homeownership will be a successful one.

How Church Robinson can help

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We are always open and honest about the sales process. Whether this is your first house sale or your 10th, we are always happy to go through the full sales process with you.  
We also work with all types of landlords and will work with you to ensure that renting out your property is as stress-free as possible.
Our dedicated and qualified lettings and property management teams will use their experience and expertise to deliver a first-class service and support you at every step.
This will ensure that you know exactly what to expect. We are also always at the end of the phone or email should you have any questions or queries. 

As a leading local estate agent in DidcotLambourn & HungerfordMarlboroughDevizesNewbury, and the surrounding areas we are best placed to help you sell or let your property. We can even help you in finding your next home.

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