If you want to take out a mortgage so that you can buy a home then you will normally need to save up for a deposit. A deposit is a lump sum of money that you put down on the home. This serves a number of purposes to the lender. They will be able to see that you are capable of saving up some money and therefore are more likely to be able to make the repayments on the mortgage. They will also not normally want to lend the full value of the house. They will want to make sure that there is a buffer just in case you do not make the repayments and they decide to repossess the house. If they do this, they will hope to get back as much money from the home as possible and so will hope that it is worth more than the mortgage value.
Therefore you will usually be expected to have a deposit and you will need to save up for it. This can take time as it is usually a percentage of the value of the home and how much it is will depend on the value of the home that you choose to buy. It will be a significant chunk of money though and most people take time to save it up.
It is wise to start off by setting yourself a goal with regards to how much money you want to save. Think about how much money you will be able to borrow on a mortgage with regards to your income and then you should be able to work out how much to save. Look at mortgages and see what percentages they generally want saved up. Often you will find that it is much better to have more rather than less, therefore saving more than necessary. This not only saves you money because you will not have to take out such a large loan but you are more likely to be accepted for your mortgage application if you have a bigger deposit.
Once you have considered this, you need to think about when you would like a mortgage so that you can calculate how much a month you need to save up. Obviously if you want it immediately, you will have to save a lot in one month, so you need to be realistic and also think about how much you can afford to save each month. You may already be saving some or you may be struggling to make ends meet, but in both situations you should be able to increase how much you are saving.
Start by looking at the money you have coming in and the money you are spending and think about whether these tend to be the same, you have money left over or you borrow each month. Then look at what you are spending your money on and whether you can reduce that at all to enable you to save more money. It is worth looking at the larger expenses first because reducing them can make more of a significant difference. Your biggest expense could be rent, so think about whether you can move to somewhere cheaper or even move in with family so that you can keep those payments to a minimum. Then think about other big bills. These could utilities such as gas, electric, water, phone, mobile, TV and broadband. All of these can be expensive and it can be worth thinking about whether you can change your supplier or move on a different fixed deal to lower how much you are paying each month. It may mean that you will have to reduce the channels you watch, the phone you have or how much electricity you use, for example, but it is good to think about each one and see whether you can save money on them.
An additional option for saving more towards a deposit is to earn more money. It is tricky these days to get a pay rise unless you change jobs and changing jobs could potentially be an idea to help you. You could also consider taking on extra work, perhaps working more hours in the job you are doing, if possible or taking on a second job. This could be evening or weekend work or you try doing some freelancing from home or something like that.