Why you should view a property like a tourist

Bath. Its beauty, heritage and vibrancy make it a year-round tourist destination.

Yet, in the summer months, as the numbers of those keen to explore our hypnotic city increase, us natives like to travel and discover new and faraway towns and countries.  How we interact with the place where we live and the places we visit is very different, and it is for this reason we believe when you view a property you should do it like you’re a tourist.

Delete the preconceptions

When on holiday we take everything at face value; we usually have no preconceived ideas and therefore appreciate everything, the good and the bad.  Whereas, when we live in an area, we have judgements, we make decisions based on experiences, hearsay and perceptions, which can often mean we miss out on incredible opportunities.

Trust your estate agent. If they have taken the time to get to know you and what you’re looking for they can often get a sense of the type of property that would work for you, and this may not be what you have listed on paper.  As they say on the TV programmes, it could be the ‘wildcard’ that finally wins your heart.  Try to not make judgements without giving the apartment a chance, because in our experience you’ll be surprised, and leaving with a smile.

Ensure your eyes are open

Have you ever noticed that when you walk around the streets where you live you’re not always paying attention?  You know how the pavement twists and turns, where the usual obstacles are; you hear similar sounds each day, and maybe pass regular faces.  Yet the more you walk this path, the more the details seem to fade away; you may notice the unexpected, but the normal simply just blends in.

Just because you may know the area in which the apartment is situated, this doesn’t mean that you’ve really seen it.  Go and investigate it as though you were seeing it for the first time, flaws may surface that you had previously forgotten, and the benefits could be singing their way to your heart.

Allow yourself to feel

Lying on the sunbed looking out to the ocean and the sun beaming down, your worries seem to drift away, you just cherish the moment and embrace that holiday feeling.  When viewing a property, so many things are running through our minds that we often don’t enjoy the experience.

You should never feel rushed on a viewing, and take your time to get to know the property; allow yourself to just enjoy the experience, and you will soon know if the apartment is right for you or not!

Next time you view a property, think like a tourist and you will see the home and area with fresh and non-judgemental eyes to enable you to make the right decision for you.