Get your finances organised on time and bear in mind all the addition costs of buying a house:
Mortgage arrangement fee
Mortgage indemnity fee
Lender's valuation fee
Land Registry fee
Stamp duty land tax
Removals (unwanted things on the property)
Contingency fund (there are always unexpected costs along the way)
Building and contents insurance
When looking for properties don't be shy and ask questions.
You may be looking to ask:
Where's the local transport links
How far are the local parks
Where are the closest shops
When was the property previously sold
The council tax band of the property
Does the property have; double glazing, modernised insulation, fully fitted central heating etc…
How long is left on the lease
How much is the service charge and ground rent if any
Don't delay in making any offers; in today's market you could lose your potential house in the blink of an eye. Don't be surprised if your first offer is rejected, property buying is all about negotiation.
Agents & Solicitors
Get yourself a good and efficient solicitor to make sure the sale process goes smoothly throughout the entire sale. Keep in touch with your agents and solicitors to get continuous updates from them.