These five sites can help minimise the stress, mortgage and all!

Getting your foot on the property ladder is one of the most exciting times in your life. In fact, buying a new home is also often cited as one of life’s most stressful events – many consider it more stressful than divorce or a break up.

We know the process can be an emotional rollercoaster and with so many moving parts, it’s easy to see why. Research by Online Mortgage Advisor has shown that 35% of non-homeowners assume that they don’t earn enough or are otherwise ineligible to get a mortgage, and 33% are put off because they find the process confusing and stressful.

With that in mind, we asked Pete Mugleston from Online Mortgage Advisor to pick his top websites for minimising the stress at each step of moving house. Read his advice from finding your dream home, to getting the right mortgage and moving everything you own. You can’t control everything but what you can do, is plan online to minimise stress.

Finding a house - Zoopla

First stop, find a house. Easier said than done. With a raft of different search engines to choose from, Zoopla comes out top as one of the most comprehensive websites to use. Not just a good place to look for houses, but the site also gives research on the general housing market, local information, valuation comparisons and house prices for similar properties in the area as well as access to find estate agents. As one of the fastest growing sites, it now attracts over 40 million visits per month and is a good place to start on your house buying journey.

Securing a mortgage - Online Mortgage Advisor

One of the most stressful points in the house buying process is securing a mortgage. The failure associated with being declined a mortgage makes a fifth of Brits think twice about even trying. Ensure you’re fully prepared by seeking advice from experts who know what they’re talking about. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a self-employed entrepreneur or have a history of poor credit, Online Mortgage Advisor can offer a network of 100 accredited brokers who deal with not just the run-of-the-mill mortgages, but more complex and unusual specialist needs. Let’s face it; your mortgage shouldn’t be one size fits all so the advice shouldn’t be either!

Moving smoothly - Compare My Move

Compare My Move aims to save not only money but time and stress by connecting people to professional and reliable removal, surveying and conveyancing companies. To add peace of mind, they operate a strict verification process to ensure only the best and more reputable companies are available. So ensure you get your survey and solicitor on board early to help ease the process.

Switching your bills – uSwitch

If you’ve made it this far then congratulations! Don’t forget to switch your bills to your new address. By using a comparison website such as uSwitch, you can compare prices on a range of products from electricity and gas to broadband and TV suppliers. And whilst you’re there, you can ensure you’re getting the best home insurance deals at the same time.

Fixing the snags - Check-a-trade

With over 4.3 million reviews on the website, Check-a-trade allows you to hunt for local tradesman in your area – from plumbers to electricians. With strict background checks, only the most reputable tradesmen are included and as a completely free service, you can read all the reviews with no charge.

Moving house has many moving parts and so planning is key. Make the most of online tools to make sure you have access to the right advice and experts there’s a raft of information out there - you’ve just got to know where to find it.

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