11 insider tips for first-time buyers of a new home

Expert hacks that will ensure success when embarking on the biggest purchase of your life

Get the most out of your house  by doing your homework. Photograph: Getty

Get the most out of your house by doing your homework. Photograph: Getty

1 Reputational homework

Before you do any viewings, do your homework on the developer and the firm’s standard of work and reputation, says Ken MacDonald, managing director of Hooke & MacDonald. “Have a look at other developments previously completed by the same developer to see levels of finish and design.

“Don’t be afraid to knock on doors and chat to any owner-occupants to see if there were any structural or other problems, and if there were any issues, were they rectified in a timely satisfactory manner,” says Clodagh Murphy of Quillsen.

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