Here’s one way to scale down the stress lev­els of mov­ing house

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Robin and Pa­tri­cia Sil­ver

WE all know that mov­ing house is a ter­ri­bly stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. The anx­i­ety is partly caused by step­ping into the un­known: a new neigh­bour­hood with new neigh­bours and a home full of new pieces of equip­ment, each with its own idio­syn­cra­sies, just like the peo­ple among whom you’ve cho­sen to live.

But be­fore all that, you have to find the right prop­erty that you want to buy. This means scour­ing es­tate agents’ win­dows, re­ceiv­ing end­less prop­erty de­tails that don’t match the spec­i­fi­ca­tion that you so la­bo­ri­ously went through, check­ing out web­sites that show prop­er­ties that look per­fect but, sadly, have ei­ther just been sold or are far too ex­pen­sive.

Any­way, you make your se­lec­tion and set out about ar­rang­ing the view­ings. All too of­ten, the de­scrip­tions don’t quite match what you ex­pect. “Near to a sta­tion for easy com­mut­ing” turns out to mean that the house is on a rail­way plat­form. “Lake views” omits the ad­di­tional fact that there is also a gravel works on the shore and its loud ma­chin­ery op­er­ates 24 hours a day. “Spa­cious” is an ad­jec­tive that has a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­pre­ta­tions. How­ever cosy a cup­board-sized bed­room with a slop­ing roof may be, it is never go­ing to be the airy, cat throw­ing space that you had imag­ined. Those Star Trek afi­ciona­dos (or “Trekkies”) may be­lieve that “space is the fi­nal fron­tier” but to you and me it’s what we never have enough of.

Af­ter the view­ings have been car­ried out, there’s more stress as you sub­mit an of­fer and still more stress as you wait for a re­ply and even more stress when it’s ac­cepted. This is when the real anx­i­ety be­gins. For most of us, there’s a sur­vey to be un­der­taken, a so­lic­i­tor to be in­structed, a mort­gage ad­viser to be con­sulted and a val­u­a­tion to be com­mis­sioned. And all these have to be paid for. Then there are forms to fill in… lots of forms… and then the wor­ries set in. Is it re­ally the right prop­erty for me? Should I have of­fered a lower price? Will I get the best mort­gage? Will my hus­band/ wife like the new home? Are the nearby schools re­ally as good as re­ported?

And fi­nally, with mount­ing anx­i­ety, there’s that unan­swer­able ques­tion, “Have I done the right thing?”

Now let’s imag­ine an­other, com­pletely dif­fer­ent sce­nario. You see the house you adore but don’t fancy where it is. You sim­ply pick it up and move it to your pre­ferred lo­ca­tion.

You don’t need any pro­fes­sional ad­vice or in­volve­ment in the pur­chase. You don’t have to worry about a mort­gage be­cause you sim­ply don’t need one. If fam­ily mem­bers don’t like the new prop­erty, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter be­cause they don’t have to live in it. In fact, if you don’t like it, you can just stick it in a card­board box and for­get about it.

This anx­i­ety-free prop­erty pur­chase is, you guessed it, a dolls’ house.

Now dolls’ houses are usu­ally Ge­or­gian coun­try houses, Vic­to­rian town houses or some­times thatched Tudor cot­tages but very oc­ca­sion­ally a more mod­ern prop­erty comes on the mar­ket like the iden­ti­cal copy of the ar­chi­tect Arne Ja­cob­sen’s own house in Char­lot­ten­lund, Den­mark.

It is con­structed in 1:16 scale and you don’t need a sur­vey to tell you that it is made to the high­est crafts­men’s stan­dards. The house comes fur­nished with iconic pieces of con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture, car­pets, wall­pa­per and even a paint­ing to hang on the wall.

Un­usu­ally, the house has three de­tach­able outer walls so that you can eas­ily see what is go­ing on be­yond closed doors.

Best of all, if you don’t like the neigh­bours or the views, you don’t have to worry as you can just pick up the house and place it some­where else.

Now that’s what I call a stress­free house pur­chase.

Robin and Pa­tri­cia Sil­ver are own­ers of The Home, Salt’s Mill, Sal­taire www.the­home­on­line.co.uk

PER­FECT COPY: The scale model of Arne Ja­cob­sen’s house.

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