Arrange your finances and if possible get a mortgage agreed in principle before you start your search – this will speed up the process when you find a property you wish to purchase. Consult an independent mortgage broker.
Arrange viewings on a broad selection of properties even if they do not all meet your initial search criteria and then narrow down your options.
Once you have had an offer accepted, instruct an efficient and experienced conveyancing solicitor with good knowledge of the area you are buying in. Make sure you transfer sufficient funds to them as early as possible to enable them to obtain local authority searches.