As autumn leaves us and dark evenings approach, now is the best time to start preparing your home for the cold months ahead. Cold and damp weather can put a strain on our homes, so it’s important to have a few precautions in place to avoid unnecessary maintenance costs later down the line, in what is already set to be a challenging financial period. 

It’s no secret that today’s property market is thriving at peak buoyancy, with record house prices and demand going through the roof, which is why it’s easy to overlook the history of the market which brought us to this point.

Research by retail and commercial bank, Shawbrook, suggests that three-quarters of private sector landlords have taken steps to help tenants cope, as the cost-of-living rises. 

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a homeowner who’s ready to take another step up the property ladder, buying a house is a big decision, with an equally large scope for making errors. To help you get off to the right start when looking, here are the key mistakes to avoid when buying a property. 

As of September, mortgage rates rose for the 11th consecutive month, while options for buyers on the market declined as the industry continues to adjust to higher interest rates.


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