Buying your first home will most likely be the biggest purchase of your life so far. So we have complied a list of a few tips in ways we believe will help you save for your new home.

Decide how much you need to save

Depending on how much you, your partner, or your friend earn, your deposit is a big factor in deciding how much you can borrow. To get a good idea of how much you could borrow, use any of the major high street mortgage lenders' mortgage calculators or speak to a broker for an initial idea. Usually, banks ask for a 10% deposit, but the chances are that you may be eligible for a first-time buyers' scheme, some of which offer 5% deposits. Whatever your circumstances, having this information will help you determine what you are able to borrow and give you an idea of how much you need to save.

 

Set a target

Now that you know how much you need to save, calculate how much you can save per week or per month. Then calculate how long you will have to save in order to reach your target. Before you do this its worth thinking about how and where you can save!

 

Top tips for spending less and saving more

 

Rent

Can you rent a room instead of an entire flat or house, whilst you save? Would you consider moving back home with your parents or with a relative with a spare bedroom? 

 

Cars

How many cars have you got in your current household? If you and your partner both drive, then could you get by with one car? If you have financed your vehicle, then settling that finance could help matters too.  Your mortgage provider will look at any monthly outgoings and existing debts when deciding how much they will lend you.

 

Food

One of the biggest expenditures for households these days is food. Think less takeaways and more culinary creativity. Prepare for the fact that when you buy your first home, you may want to cook more food from scratch. There are numerous tips and guides online to help you reduce food costs by developing your kitchen skills. Make it fun, invite friends, and enjoy it!

 

Get the right savings account

When you have worked out how much you can save per month, opt for an account that will pay you the most interest. A good savings account will give a return, rather than a costly current account. Consider setting up a standing order so that the money is transferred into this account is harder to spend.

 

ISA

Depending on how long you are saving, you might consider an ISA. Tax-free and potentially offering higher interest rates, this can help speed up your saving and reach your target sooner.

 

The rewards

Remember to reward yourself for this change in lifestyle – make it fun! See it as an opportunity to improve yourself, and when you reach certain targets, reward yourself so that you have some fun along the way. Just because you are saving more and spending less does not mean that it must be a miserable process. You may find that some changes make your life better. In many ways, it’s about growing and adapting to life as a homeowner, because for the first time, you will have a mortgage to pay.

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