First Things First

It sounds obvious but the first thing you need to do is find a property of the right size, in the right location and at the right price.

Though estate agents are still the first port of call for many people, it’s increasingly becoming the case that people are using online facilities to find their next property.

Try checking out Rightmove and Zoopla for properties in your area.

By all means ask to be put on estate agents mailing lists but expect to be bombarded with calls (even about properties which are quite obviously of no interest to you!)

Another good source of information is the Land Registry it provides details of prices at which properties in the area you’re looking at have sold in the past.