Just like fine wine, the per­fect home only gets bet­ter with time

Prop­erty ad­vice

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY NEWS -

Sherry Foy, prop­erty finder, www.source­har­ro­gate.co.uk

IT WAS Valen­tine’s Day this week. Did you know the search for a per­fect home or a per­fect part­ner might have more in com­mon than you think?Many cou­ples would have con­sid­ered how they could show their loved one that they are the per­fect for them. Ev­ery­one hopes that a pas­sion­ate ro­mance will lead to a ful­filled life to­gether through all the chal­lenges that life brings. With plan­ning and some luck, hope­fully the re­la­tion­ship with your home will move through ex­actly the same stages.

Of course, the time for se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion, for many peo­ple, starts early on in a re­la­tion­ship and it is just the same when you are look­ing to buy your “happy ever after” home. Here are some key prin­ci­ples that can ap­ply to both.

Know your “non-ne­go­tiables”. Think of these as your core values in re­la­tion­ship terms. These are likely to be as­pects of your next prop­erty pur­chase that are crit­i­cal to you. This could be any­thing from prox­im­ity to schools, ground floor apart­ment, num­ber of bed­rooms. What­ever it is, it will be per­sonal to you and you need to be clear on your true non-ne­go­tiables and this will be the foun­da­tion of your search. Some­times, just like with peo­ple, we get at­tracted by a smart ex­te­rior or some­thing that re­ally grabs our at­ten­tion, but ask your­self the ques­tion, how long will the per­fect in­te­rior fin­ish last or the im­mac­u­late gar­den re­main pris­tine? Non­nego­tiables go deep.

Think prac­ti­cal­ity ver­sus eye candy. While not wish­ing to seem dis­mis­sive of first im­pres­sions, re­mem­ber to look beyond ini­tial ap­pear­ances so that you have as much un­der­stand­ing of your next po­ten­tial home and don’t be blown away by knock­out looks. The op­po­site also ap­plies. Could you be the buyer that un­locks that home’s po­ten­tial – chang­ing the flow and use of rooms or cre­at­ing that stun­ning kitchen diner which be­comes the so­cial hub of the home? It’s a great start to your din­ner party when some­one else says “I had no idea this house had such po­ten­tial”

Con­sider the level of com­mit­ment re­quired to main­tain and de­velop the prop­erty. Is this some­thing you are happy with for the long haul? Some­times you just have to work out how much you like mow­ing grass, fix­ing leaks or kin­dling open fires. On the other hand, you can out­source main­te­nance, but not love! And some­times the more you work on your house, the closer you get to a real bond. Per­haps you re­ally do have to work hard on the things that mat­ter, just make sure you don’t sign up for a money pit.

Is the house go­ing to still “woo” you after the hon­ey­moon pe­riod is over? A happy ever after home is one where you con­tinue to feel con­tent and glad that you chose it. Can you feel how the house will ebb and flow as your needs change? If you have young chil­dren, how will it cope with teenage sleep­overs or even stu­dent re­unions? The only peo­ple that will love you if you change home fre­quently will be es­tate agents and maybe HMRC for all that ex­tra stamp duty.

This home needs to en­hance your life, make you a bet­ter you! It should help and sup­port your life­style and pro­vide the se­cu­rity and emo­tional sta­bil­ity on which to build and grow. Per­son­al­ity and un­der­stand­ing what you are re­ally look­ing for can make all the dif­fer­ence.

So, the big ques­tion is can you re­ally fall in love with your home? I re­ally think so – you just need to choose care­fully. I love the joy of find­ing the right home for a client but I love it even more when my clients come back much later and say how much they still love their per­fect home, and like a fine wine it just gets bet­ter with time. Now that’s true love.

Sheree Foy is founder of www.source­har­ro­gate.co.uk

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