Buying a home is a significant milestone in anyone’s life. If you’re a first-time buyer there is a lot more to consider, none more so than raising the initial deposit.
So how can you ensure you can make that first property purchase?
The Guild of Property Professionals, of which Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd is a member, has produced some tips on how to start saving for a deposit:
The bottom line of raising a deposit is that you need to save money to help start you on your campaign to turn your pennies into pounds.
· With a realistic monthly saving plan, you can rest assured you have started the wheels in motion – there is a lot to be said for initiating the ‘saving’! A deposit can seem like a daunting figure, so taking it month by month will take some of the pressure off. Even if you aren’t sure how much you will ultimately need, you can always begin saving.
· There are plenty of free online budget templates you can download which will help you to assess your finances. As well as fixed monthly costs, such as bills, you would be surprised how much you spend on seemingly small items. Start this process by reviewing your previous months spend to avoid forgetting or being too optimistic.
· Avoid overestimating the amount you can set aside each month. Settle on a minimum figure and, if you have an extra good month, you can always transfer some extra pounds into your savings account. Trying to save too much is likely to put you off and leave you feeling disappointed.
· Before you choose an account, do some research as interest rates can vary. Since saving for a deposit is a long-term goal, it may be that an account which gives you better interest rates, but does not allow you instant access is more appropriate. Take your time working this out as it’s important to make your money work hard for you! Remember that a savings account is not for life: periodically assess whether moving your savings could be more beneficial.
· Take the chore of transferring out of your life and transfer the money automatically with a standing order or direct debit. This stops you from thinking, hesitating or reallocating those funds.
· Your family and friends will understand your goal – so ask them for support. Find cheaper midweek deals to meet with friends and swap dinners out for a nice meal in.
Saving can be a struggle; often, the first few months are your best as you are focused and dedicated.
Since this is a long-term plan, you may need to find ways to reinvigorate your savings at varying points, but also remember there are times to give yourself a break as long as you continue to save your minimum amount.