Should you be buying or renting?

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When it comes to moving to a new home, you have to decide a great many things. Buying and renting have their own advantages and disadvantages; but what is right for you? This article will equip with the information you need to decide whether you should be buying or renting.

Why Buy?

You can do whatever you want with the property within the confines of a few limits

Buying means that you are the exclusive owner with complete ownership and possession of the property. There is no one to tell you what you can or cannot do. For instance, you want to take up some renovation works. However, you cannot initiate any work which may affect your neighbour's rights.

You do need to do repair works

You are not obligated to carry out any repair works in the property. The only thing you have to maintain is the "fabric" of the property. Meaning you have to keep the outer walls is good condition. However, if you ever feel the need to repair anything, you will have to bear the cost yourself.

It is an investment

If you ever want to sell it, it can make you some money if its value has increased since you purchased it. Even if you have taken a mortgage to finance the deal, the mortgage payment will eventually lead to you owning the property. Further, as the mortgage rate will be fixed, you are not left at the wimps of a landlord who may increase the rent at any point.

Why not buy?

Are you ready to settle down and set your roots?

Though you can sell the property whenever you desire, it will not be as easy as it could take up to 8 to 10 weeks. So be sure that this is where you want to live for a good part of your future.

You will incur a significant initial cost

If you are going to be buying, you will require some legal experts and property experts to help you complete the conveyancing process on your behalf.

You may have to bear the cost of a solicitor or licensed conveyancer fee, agents fee, possibly stamp duty, Land Registry fees, to name a few.

You may be requiring indemnity insurance policies to cover potential legal risks relating to your desired property.

Furthermore, you will have to arrange for a deposit of 10% of the sale price payable on exchange of contracts.

You can also make a loss

If the property's value ends up decreasing, you may be in loss if you want to sell your property.

Should you rent?

Rent may still prove to be a better option even if you can afford to buy. There are several factors you should consider when deciding in between these two options.

You can move on a short notice

Moving from one place to another is not difficult when you are renting. For instance, if your new job is on the other side of town and you want to get something closer. Simply give notice to your landlord and move into your next desired property.

No conveyancing costs

If you are buying, you will require the need of specialists to help you in the process. Furthermore, you will have to bear the burden of other associated costs. Click here for a better understanding of the conveyancing cost.

Low initial cost

As compared to buying, you do not need to arrange for the sale price, which no doubt is the largest expense in buying a property. You may be asked to submit advance rent, but other than that there are no initial costs.

You do not have to worry about repairs

If you are renting, you do not need to bear the financial burden of carrying out repairs. For instance, if the boiler breaks or the property needs fixing or improving, your landlord will have to pay for such expenses. You will only be liable to maintain the common areas and the space you occupy.

Why not rent?

Sudden increases in living cost

In most cases, the rent will increase every year. In addition to that, you are at the whims of your landlord. He will fix the rent which you will be required to pay, and he can do this at any time. You may also be paying ground rent and contributing to maintenance.

Sometimes it doesn't make sense

You may also come across situations where the monthly rent is greater than mortgage payments. So if you can afford to buy, why not pay off your own mortgage instead of your landlords.

Limitation of how you can live

You will not have complete authority over how you can live as you will be living under a contract that sets out your rights and obligations, you may be facing restriction such as your landlord's consent before you can make any changes to the property, no pets policy, and guest limitation, to name a few.


The decision between buying and renting largely depends on your long term goals. The aforesaid points will provide you with an insight into what you should be thinking about.

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