Saving for a deposit is arguably the hardest part of buying a property. With the average deposit and house prices in the UK higher than they have ever been before, prospective buyers are having to save more to get onto the property ladder.
We’ve listed some savings tips below:
1) Set yourself a savings target
Start by working out the true cost of buying the property you desire.
Additional costs to bear in mind when saving for a deposit property include:
• Stamp duty (First time buyers paying £300,000 or less for a residential property will pay no Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)
• Conveyance fees
• Mortgage product fees
• Mortgage adviser (if used)
• Removal hire
2) Calculate mortgage costs
After you have set your target, work out the potential monthly repayment costs of your mortgage for your desired property (bare in mind possible increases in price) and try and save the equivalent on a monthly basis.
3) Set up a standing order
Set up a standing order to leave your account the same day as you get paid. Treat saving like a bill by setting up a regular payment and you’ll soon get used to not having the extra cash in your bank account each month.
4) Use a budget spreadsheet
Make a yearly budget and review it on a monthly basis. Set out all income and expenditure and cut out any unnecessary expenditure. We have put together a Property Cohort Budget Template which you can download and use for free.
5) Don’t be scared to adjust.
Compare the monthly target from your savings spreadsheet to your current rate of savings. If you’re not saving enough you can either:
– Increase how much you save by cutting monthly expenses.
– Adjust your saving goals, either by reducing the value of the property you want to buy or pushing back the target date for buying the property.
6) Save before you spend
This one is self-explanatory!
7) Fixed Rate Bonds
If you are early on in your saving journey Fixed rate bonds can be a great option. It pays a guaranteed amount of interest for a set length of time, however it is likely that you won’t be allowed to access your savings during the fixed term, so only invest money you can afford to lock away.
8) Help To Buy ISA/LISA
If you’re a first-time buyer, you could get up to £3,000 from the Government by saving with a Help to Buy ISA or up to £32,000 by saving with a Life Time Saver ISA. (More information can be found on our Help to Buy v Life Time ISA Blog. )
9) Stop renting
Most people renting have very little spare money to save for a deposit. Think about whether you could survive without your own space for a short time.
Consider the following:
– Find somewhere cheaper to rent perhaps out of London
– Moving back home with parents
10) Do not dip into your savings
Only dip into your savings in case of an emergency.
PS. Dining at fancy restaurants, Holidays to Miami, designer clothes and new trainers are not emergencies!!
Bonus Tip: Don’t just say saving for a house is your priority, show it is!
11) Explore money saving apps
There are several money saving apps on both the App Store and Google Play that can help you save money and manage your finances better. We’ve listed a few for you to explore below:
*This article is for general awareness only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this page was first published.