Why it pays to be open-minded when buying a property

A friend was car shopping at the weekend; he knew exactly the make and model he wanted, and the features.  As he walked around the showroom he was adamant that no other car would do, and when the garage was unable to deliver he was ready to leave.  It was at that moment the salesman persuaded him to test drive another car, he reluctantly agreed but every ounce of his body language displayed his displeasure.  Yet, as he sat in the driver’s seat and checked out the dashboard, some of the displeasure faded away; this continued as he drove around the streets on the test drive, so much so that he ended up purchasing the car and not the one he ‘100% knew’ he wanted.

Dreams are not always reality

You will have a dream of what your ideal home will look and feel like; you will probably have a checklist of everything you want, from the number of bedrooms to key features.  Having an idea of what you want and need in a new property is extremely important, as it enables you to focus your search.  However, it’s also worth seeing things that don’t meet all your criteria, so you can work out where you are willing to compromise.

Perfection can hinder your search

It is very rare that you will find a property that meets all of your criteria; you will most likely have to make a compromise or two.  By seeking perfection you can also hinder your search by discounting properties that in reality could be just what you’re looking for.  It’s easy to stick to what you think you want, and harder to keep an open mind.

Only half a tale

Looking at a property online doesn’t give you a true representation of what the property can offer you.  Unless you are stood inside the four walls and can see and feel the space for what it is, how do you know if it’s right for you or not?  Photographs and descriptions only tell half the tale. They are designed to grab your attention, and some will do so more than others.  But remember you’re not buying their interior design choices, you are buying the home, so try and not be swayed by décor.

The wild card

Those of you who love a bit of ‘Escape to the Country’ (like many of our team!) will know about the concept of a ‘wild card’ property.  This is the property they leave to last, which tends to be nothing like the property that has been requested.  It is surprising how many buyers fall in love with the wild card that, on paper, doesn’t match their requirements.

Have a little trust

Most buyers we see never purchase what they believe they truly want.  It’s our job to listen to your needs and understand more about the lifestyle you are seeking; we can then recommend properties we think will match these requirements.  It’s hard to put your trust in someone else’s hands, especially when that something is as huge as purchasing a home.  We ask you to have a little trust and let us show you a selection of wild cards, you may be surprised by what you discover.


Speak to one of our sales team today and let them help you find the home you’re looking for.