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  • Top tips for couples home hunting in York this Valentine’s Day

    Leading housebuilder Barratt Homes has revealed its top tips for loved-up couples on the lookout for their new home this Valentine’s Day.

    Finding a dream home as a couple can result in clashes over what exactly that dream home is, so the five star homebuilder is giving hints and tips on how to find a property that’s perfect for a partnership.

    Buying a house may seem daunting at first and often people don’t even know where to begin, but in this handy checklist, Barratt Homes has given its helpful hints and tips on how the process works.

    Chris Neal, Sales Manager at Meadow Fields, said: “It’s natural that as a couple you might not always agree but when it comes to making what is possibly the biggest purchase of your life, it’s important you both get what you’d like.

    “While you might have different ideas of what type of house you’re looking for, there are tricks you can use to make the best of the experience and buy a home you both fall in love with.”


    1. Compromise is key


    While compromising isn’t always easy, this is a home for both of you to enjoy together and wherever possible you should try to meet in the middle. Recognise what matters to your partner and make sure they do the same and communicate throughout the whole process.


    1. Consider the best use of your future home


    Your home needs to be adaptable to your needs, both present and future. Will you need an office if one of you works from home? Are you planning on adding to your family? Make sure your home will suit what you’re both using it for.


    1. Create a master list of the must-haves


    Both of you should make a wish list for your new home separately, do you need a guest bedroom and good transport links while your partner is more concerned about the size of the living room?

    Go through your lists together and select features you both agree on to create a master list of must-haves and make these the priority when searching for your new home.


    1. Get your ownership options clear


    There are lots of different ways to own your home as a couple from joint ownership to tenants in common. Make sure you explore all of your options and choose an ownership option and a mortgage that works for you as a couple. It’s really important to do your research and get advice on what will be the best option for each of you individually and as a partnership.

    Chris continued, “By following our top tips, couples can find a property that works for both of them, avoiding stress and clashes. Our knowledgeable sales advisers at our Meadow Fields development are on hand to help couples who are looking for their perfect property.”

    Barratt Homes currently has its Meadow Fields development in Boroughbridge, York, which boasts a stunning collection of two and four bedroom homes, available to purchase from £199,500.

    Meadow Fields also boasts no stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties up to £300,000 as well as offering prospective purchasers the opportunity to take advantage of the Government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme. This allows housebuyers to secure a brand new home up to the value of £600,000 with only a 5% deposit until 2021.