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  • Writer's pictureGavin Human

Why Falling for a House is Like Dating.

Although it’s not often that I sit myself down in front of the TV and flick through the channels, but recently I noticed that there seems to be as many dating shows now as there are property programmes. But then I got to thinking and finding your dream home and your dream partner are quite similar aren’t they?

Both can lead you on a roller coaster of emotions, take a lot of work and effort and might sometimes seem like the survey didn’t highlight all the faults!

First Impressions Matter, But Don't Judge a House by its Cover.

When it comes to dating, we often hear that it shouldn't be all about looks, and the same holds true for houses. Sure, a beautiful façade can catch your eye, but you'll soon discover that there's much more to a successful relationship – I mean, homeownership – than curb appeal. When you approach a house, its exterior might be alluring, but remember that it's what's inside that truly counts. Open that front door, and you might find charm, character, and potential hiding behind a less-than-perfect exterior.

The Importance of Compatibility.

In the dating world, compatibility is key. Can you see a future together? Do your values align? Well, when searching for a home, compatibility is equally crucial. Does the house fit your lifestyle? Can you see yourself growing old within these walls? Don't let yourself get swept away by a stunning kitchen if you're more likely to be dining out and searching the takeaway options.

The Deal-Breakers and Compromises.

Every relationship comes with deal-breakers and compromises. It's no different in the world of house hunting. The large kitchen diner might be a must have for your nights entertaining family and friends, but can you cope with the small garden? Just like in dating, you'll need to prioritize your desires and be willing to compromise to find your perfect match.

Options Galore: Keeping an Open Mind.

When dating, it's essential to keep an open mind and explore your options. The same holds true for house hunting. Don't limit yourself to a single area or a specific style of house. Like dating, the housing market offers a plethora of choices. Sometimes, the house that steals your heart is the one you least expect. Be willing to step outside your comfort zone and embrace the unexpected, to try somewhere or something different.

Home Inspection – The Equivalent of a Background Check.

When you start dating someone seriously, you might run a little background check - maybe ask around or do a social media snoop. Similarly, before committing to a house, you'll want a thorough inspection. It's all about uncovering hidden issues and making an informed decision. After all, nobody wants to discover a major problem after moving in, much like discovering your partner's annoying habits!

Strong Foundations: The Core of Any Relationship.

In the world of dating, we often hear that strong foundations are the key to a lasting romance. Well, the same applies to house hunting. Much like a relationship built on trust and respect, your house should stand firmly, supporting you through thick and thin. Cracks in the foundation of a house can be as detrimental as trust issues in a relationship, and nobody wants that.

Functionality for the Long Term: Building a Future Together

In the dating world, we often contemplate whether a relationship has long-term potential. Similarly, when searching for a home, consider its functionality for the long haul. Does it have the space you need to grow and evolve, just like a relationship should? A house that accommodates your future plans is like a partner who envisions a life together.

And finally..Timing Is Everything.

Timing is often a crucial factor in romance. It can be just as important when it comes to house hunting. Be patient and ready to seize the opportunity when the right one comes along.

Dating and house hunting...maybe they should put the two together for a TV show? Kevin McCloud presents Grand First Dates?

So, whether you're searching for the love of your life or the house of your dreams, remember that it shouldn't be all about looks: strong foundations, adaptability, and being able to compromise – may these guide you in your search!

If you’re thinking of moving and would like a free consultation, please get in touch!

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