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Do your sums properly before you buy – you need more than just a deposit (Picture: Getty Images)
But you’ll need a bit more in the bank than that.
There are other factors you need to consider when buying a house – from conveyancing fees to stamp duty, it’s not a cheap process.
Metro.co.uk has rounded up the hidden costs that home buyers need to factor into their budget.
How much is stamp duty?
The rates changed as of October 1.
Stamp duty rates changed on October 1 (Picture: Getty Images)
All those buying property in England and Northern Ireland have to pay stamp duty if the property costs over £125,000 – although the rules are different if you’re a first-time buyer, as stamp duty doesn’t come into play unless you are buying a property worth over £300,000.
You can use the HMRC calculator to work out how much you might have to pay – with the amount depending on whether the property is residential or non-residential, whether it is freehold or leasehold, and if you are buying it alone or as part of a company or trust.
Other factors taken into account include whether you already own another property, and if will be living at the new property.
How much are mortgage fees?
While many will be paying a mortgage repayment for 25 years or more, there are upfront costs to consider as well in many cases.
You may find yourself paying a valuation fee. Even if you do not choose to have a survey on the home you are buying, your mortgage company will want to satisfy itself that the property is worth what you are paying for it, and will do this by conducting its own valuation.
Some lenders will charge for this as an upfront cost, with consumer advice group Which? putting the average cost of this at £295 for a £250,000 property, rising to £615 for one worth £750,000.
Be aware there are more costs to pay than you might realise (Picture: Getty Images/Image Source)
There’s also a mortgage arrangement fee and booking fee to deal with.
Sometimes known as a ‘product fee’ or ‘completion fee’, the arrangement fee is the price you pay for getting a mortgage – this will typically set you back just over a grand.
A booking fee, paid to reserve a mortgage, costs between £99 and £250, and is not usually repayable if you decide not to proceed.
The money transfer fee is a smaller charge, sometimes known as a ‘telegraphic transfer fee’ or CHAPs fee, of around £25, to transfer money from your mortgage to the solicitor to buy the house.
How much does a house survey cost?
There are three levels of survey that home buyers can choose from, depending on the age of the property and their need for peace of mind.
A condition report should flag any major issues, while more thorough homebuyer report, or a detailed level three building survey will give more detail. According to the HomeOwners Alliance you’ll need to set aside at least £300.
How much are conveyancing fees?
According to estate agent comparison website GetAgent.co.uk, the average conveyancing cost is £860.
Be prepared for extra fees, including anti-money laundering checks (£6- £20), the cost of title deeds from the Land Registry (£6), and an ownership transfer fee to the Land Registry of £200 or more.
You should budget up to £450 for local authority searches.
How much do removals cost?
According to Really Moving, the average cost of moving a one to two-bedroom flat is between £300 and £430, while this rises to £850 for a four-bedroom house.
If you have a lot of furniture, you’ll need to pay the professionals to help you move in (Picture: Getty Images/Maskot)
The cost of furnishing a house
Furnishing a home is something you can do gradually and while using Freecycle and eBay can significantly bring down the costs, many people want to get started as soon as possible with stamping their own style on their new place.
Money blogger moneytipsblog.co.uk calculates that it costs just over £2,000 to furnish a one-bedroom flat with simple, basic pieces from retailers such as Ikea and Dunelm, and obviously this cost will rise if your new home is bigger.
Ongoing costs of being a homeowner
As well as the cost of getting set up in their new home, buyers need to be aware of the ongoing costs of being a homeowner, says Colby Short, founder and chief executive of estate agent comparison site GetAgent.co.uk.
‘We all know how hard it is to secure that first foot on the property ladder. However, what we often fail to consider when buying a new home are the ongoing costs of actually owning one,’ he says.
‘While mortgage rates are currently favourable, an increase is inevitable. Many will face far higher monthly repayments if they aren’t benefiting from a fixed rate.
‘Then there are the increasing costs of council tax and utilities, as well as the money required to maintain a home.’
GetAgent’s survey of the annual costs of home buying suggests that it costs an average of £18,203 to own a property, and this figure has jumped by more than 11% since last year.
This includes the cost of a monthly mortgage repayment, council tax, energy, water and property maintenance (which GetAgent estimates is 1% of the value of the property every year).
There are significant regional variations in these figures, with London homeowners needing to factor in nearly £30,000 a year as the cost of ownership, compared with those in the North-East who need to find £11,000.
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