Well, being as you lot have probably done a lot more house buying than I have, I could do with some advice.
We've found a house we want to buy. We've not done anything about that yet with the estate agent or seller.
We have a deposit, we have a mortgage sorted and it is well within what we can afford. So no issue there.
So, here's the question - what do we need to be asking/saying before/during/after making an offer for the place?
Are there any tricks or other ways of getting a better deal than simply offering just below the lowest price we think they will accept and working up from there?
We also want to move fairly quickly - apparently no chain on the house and we are effectively cash buyers. What's likely to cause big delays/problems? If nothing else I really don't like the idea that once I've shaken on a deal and agreed to buy at a price, someone else can still come along and offer more than me and ruin it, after money has been spent on solicitors, surveys etc.
Any and all good advice appreciated. Feel free to share the "you have to do this, otherwise this happens" stories.