When property hunting, whether it’s the first time or the sixth the market can always seem quite daunting. You’ll see a lot of properties that may not be anything near what you originally wanted, which means you may feel as though you need to compromise on your list of musts to secure a property in your wanted area. But patience is a virtue; eventually you will find that one property which fits all your needs and wants, but how will you know?
You will know when:
Imperfections that can be overlooked
Every property you view will have some sort of imperfections, something that isn’t all that unknown. But are you noticing imperfections in a property that you absolutely love and are turning them into opportunities? If so you may like it more than you think.
We’re all aware of our likes and dislikes, but if you’re always turning down properties because of small imperfections, chances are you never really liked the property to begin with. Remember that some things can be changed, and others can’t (such as the location). Think of things you need and what can be changed and go from there.
You’re convincing yourself to purchase
You may have visited various properties that don’t have that ‘wow’ factor, which means you won’t bother convincing yourself to buy it. Then you may visit a property that you’re impressed with and are convincing yourself to buy it - this is usually a positive sign. Whilst consulting with friends and family, if you’re subconsciously convincing them to give you the advice you want to hear, this makes it even more clear what you really want.
You’ve made it the benchmark
Throughout your property search, there may be many homes that you’ve already viewed that’ll simply fade away into the back of your mind; you may have viewed between 10-20 homes, making your brain become a jumble of figures and measurements, so attempting to remember the small details won’t be easy to do.
But when you come across a property that raises the bar more than any other property you’ve seen before, you’ll begin automatically comparing future properties to it. When this starts happening on a regular basis, even when not necessary, it may be time to consider making a bid!
You don’t want to leave!
Ever went to see a property and wanted to leave straight away? It’s not an uncommon occurrence; viewing properties in an area that wasn’t what we originally wanted, or one that you can tell straight away doesn’t fit your needs.
But when you visit a property that you don’t want to leave, this is another positive sign. Do you find yourself struggling to get back into the car and going home? If so then it may be time press the button, as you’ll probably struggle to find one better!
You see yourself living there
It’s not easy imagining yourself in a property that’s rundown, empty or not full of your own things. If you’re unable to see yourself planning out rooms, such as the living room or bedroom, the property probably isn’t for you. But if you find yourself walking the property, imagining colour schemes in each room and what furniture would go where, then you’ve probably found your next home.
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