It’s no real secret that buying a house can be stressful at the best of times. There is so much to think about, and often you may ask yourself why you are even bothering to move in the first place! Things only get worse when every man and his dog start giving their input to you about what they think you are doing right, and what they think you are doing wrong. While they may be only trying to help, this can wear thin pretty quickly and can only add to your stress regarding the situation. Your move should only involve you and the people you will be moving with – no one else is obliged to give you their opinion if you didn’t ask for it. Here are a few examples of the top things you’ll hear from other people when you are in the process of moving home, and how to keep your cool when you hear them!
‘But it’s a really dodgy area’
So, you’ve found the perfect bit of land for sale and are all set to put down your deposit when suddenly someone interjects with an opinion about the area. It usually refers to it being run-down in some way, or a crime hotspot. You can take this one of two ways. Your first instinct may be to take this statement pretty seriously and go into an immediate state of panic, but try and remain calm and impartial to a certain extent. All places, even some top luxury resorts, have good and bad in them. Plus, ask your friend who has said this when they last visited. If it was a number of years ago, the neighbourhood may well have completely transformed since then. The number one thing to remember is that this is just one person’s opinion, and not to knock it until you’ve tried it. Go on a daytrip to the area to get a feel for the place, and then you’ll be able to make a better judgement yourself.
‘Isn’t that a bit out of your budget?’
It is always astonishing how brazen people can be when it comes to poking about in your personal finances! You may have mentioned the kind of property you are looking to buy or you might have shown a friend some pictures of your dream home. Sure, you need to be realistic in your budget and you definitely don’t want to buy a home you can’t afford the repayments on. But you also don’t have to reveal the inner workings of your bank accounts to anyone who asks. If you say you can afford it, they should trust that you can afford it!
‘You’ll need to do a lot of work on that’
You hear this from a lot of people regarding homes that aren’t totally brand new. The reality is that very few people actually buy brand new builds, so you will probably expect to do a bit of work on your new property anyway. Don’t let comments like this spur you into unnecessary action, however. Unless you are literally buying to sell, there is no reason why you need to rush into any major renovations. Live in your new home for a bit first, and then you can decide what needs to change.