What is the Average House Hunting Time: How long will it take to find my perfect house?

When we begin working with our clients, we are often asked “how long does the average house-hunt take?”

Like many aspects of house hunting, the average house-hunting time varies from person to person, no two house hunts are the same, as no two house hunters are identical.

When you choose to work with a property finder like Stacks, we can help to shorten your house hunting time by working closely with you and handling some of the time-consuming elements for you.

Factors Affecting Average House Hunting Time 

So, what factors affect the average house hunting time. How long it will take to find your perfect house can depend on;

  • The economic climate
  • Budget
  • Current market trends
  • Location
  • Specific requirements
  • The personal preferences of the buyer
  • Competition
  • Time of year

It’s important to remember that all house-hunting journeys are unique. There is no one size fits all. When working with Stacks home finding service, we help you navigate the complicated realities of house hunting in the UK, making sure you understand the process and can make informed decisions and shorten your house hunting time.

Ways to Reduce House Hunting Time

There are some factors you can control to try and shorten the average house hunting time for you.

  1. Define Your Criteria

One of the easiest ways to shorten your house hunting time is to make sure you clearly outline your must-haves and nice-to-haves when it comes to property. This could be in terms of location, size, number of bedrooms, amenities, and any other features that are important to you. This will help you narrow down your search and focus on properties that meet your specific requirements.

When you work with Stacks, we can help you to define your criteria and also give advice on realistic expectations to have.

  1. Work with a Buying Agent

At Stacks, we are the buyers agent meaning we are on your side when it comes to finding houses our property finder service can save you time by helping you quickly identify properties that match your criteria. Our team of regional directors have extensive knowledge of their areas of the UK and will have insights into the local market. We can provide inside secrets when it comes to the property market and often know about properties which are not on the market yet.

Of course, our negotiation skills will ensure you get the best price for your perfect property.

  1. Use Online Property Portals

Surfing the property portals alone will never suffice, but they can help inform your opinions about areas, value and amenities.  Remember of course that the information can be misleading, if not downright inaccurate – it is advertising after all!

Whilst we don’t advise you to search solely online for your perfect home, it’s a good idea to utilise online property listing websites as they may help you define your criteria if you don’t yet have one.

  1. Research Areas in Advance

Although we can provide information about the area you are looking into, it’s great for you to familiarise yourself with your desired area if you can. This can help us to narrow down areas that align with your preferences, saving you time by focusing on specific locations.

  1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

If you plan to finance your home purchase, getting pre-approved for a mortgage can help you understand your budget and show sellers that you’re a serious buyer, giving you an advantage in a competitive market. Be clear and consistent about your finances – changing plans partway through is a red flag for vendors and agents.

  1. Be Flexible with Timing and Availability

Try to be flexible with your schedule to accommodate property viewings. At Stacks, we can attend the initial viewing on your behalf and only invite you to view properties we know you’ll love.

However, in a competitive market, it’s important that you are available to view the properties promptly so that you don’t miss out on your dream home. Therefore, being flexible with your timing and availability is a great way to reduce the average house-hunting time for your property search.

  1. Keep a Checklist and Take Notes

Creating a checklist of your criteria and bringing it with you when you view properties can be a good idea. This can help you quickly assess whether a property meets your requirements.

It’s also a good idea to take notes when viewing your property. This can help you distinguish between properties if you have seen multiple options in one day.

  1. Stay Realistic

While it’s good to have clear preferences, staying open to compromise on some aspects can help you find a suitable property more quickly. This is another area we can advise on; there are many reasons why you may have to compromise; it could be budget, availability or even timing.

  1. Act Decisively

When it comes to house hunting, it’s so important to act decisively; if not, you risk losing a property which you may have fallen in love with. If you find a property that meets your criteria and feels right, don’t hesitate too long. With our inside knowledge, we can often advise on competition levels so you will not be pressured into rash decisions, and be armed with all the relevant context.

Average House Hunting Time and Stacks

Remember that while there are ways to help speed up the house-hunting process, it’s still essential to make informed and thoughtful decisions to ensure that you find a property that meets your needs and fits your budget.

When we work with our clients, we do all we can to meet their criteria. We try to shorten the house hunting time if this is what our clients desire. However, sometimes finding the perfect property takes time.

If you are looking for your next dream home and want to enlist the help of a property finder, then contact Stacks today.

You may also be interested in

view more

Luxury House Features

At Stacks Property Search and Acquisition, we work with clients to help them find their perfect homes in various areas of the UK. In our line of work, many of our clients have luxury house features they are looking for. Working with a Property Finder If you are looking for a luxury...

Buying a Second Home – Things You Need to Know

If you are looking into buying a second home, whether you plan to rent out your new home or your first home or use it as a holiday let, there are several important things you need to know.  Things you need to know when buying a second home  What will it be...

How to Spot Red Flags When Buying a House Like a Professional Property Finder

At Stacks, we have been finding and buying property for over 40 years. We know what makes a good property and how to get a great price. As the oldest Property Search Company in the UK, we know how to spot a red flag when buying a house – but...

Buying Off-Market Property – Good or Bad Idea?

Off-market properties are always sought after, especially among buying agents and property finders. This type of exclusivity regarding property finding is a real luxury. What is an Off-Market Property? And Why Are They Off-Market? Also known as ‘pre-market’, ‘grey market’, ‘privately available’, ‘quietly available’ or ‘bottom-drawer’, an off-market property is a property...

Start your property search today

Call us on +44 (0) 1594 842880 or complete the form below

    Your Details

    Your property requirements:

    SoldThinking of movingOn the marketExchangingIn rented accommodationCash buyerIn need of helpOther

    We will never share your details with a third party. For more information about how we handle your data, please see our Privacy Policy

    How we can help you

    View our property finder services

    When making probably the most important financial decision of your life, it pays to have the right advisors at your side.

    Property Finder Service

    We search high and low, on the market and off the market, and we keep hunting until we’ve found the right property for you. Next we negotiate the best price and terms on your behalf. And then we make sure you enjoy a hassle-free move.

    Downsizing or Resizing

    Retirement or semi-retirement is an exciting stage in life. Finding the right home to live in and enjoy it to the full is important. We know that and will do all that we can to understand what you’re looking for… before starting to search. And search we will, until we find the house of your dreams.

    Moving from Abroad

    Relocating is time consuming and stressful. We regularly work with clients who live abroad. We hunt, short-list, prepare your viewings, and make the search process as easy as possible. We oversee the negotiations, manage the conveyancing, and deal with the headaches, so you can concentrate on other aspects of your move.

    Holiday Home Hunt

    A holiday home is often an interesting mix of investment and heartfelt connection. You want to use it, but you may well also be keen for others to use it too. We can advise you on what factors to consider in making your decision. And we can then find the perfect holiday home for you to enjoy.

    Investing in UK Property

    Others say, ‘location, location, location’. We say, ‘location, purpose, price, capital growth, rental returns’… the list goes on. Knowing the market is critical. Local knowledge is key. We ensure all aspects of your investment decision are addressed. Finding, analysing, negotiating, and completing… it’s what we do.

    “You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way.  Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now!”

    “We firmly believe that without Rachel and her skilled negotiation we would not have secured the property.”

    “We felt they genuinely wanted to help.”

    “Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before.”

    “It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.”

    “Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me.”

    “Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification.

    “I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks”

    “Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations

    “You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset”

    “We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times”

    “I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future.”

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Receive updates about the world of property, straight to your inbox.

    * indicates required