We should be on TV…! One day of concentrated & targeted house hunting would have supplied a TV show one full episode, maybe two with a bit of editing…
We don’t seem to do things by halves either not only do we have a wedding in April, we are set to move house in May….! Ha ha!
My fiancé’s work circumstances are seeing us relocate to the Sunshine Coast…hmmmm the coast!
It is finally feeling exciting though, I’m a real estate virgin as it were so initially at the research stage I was having to take a few deep breaths to avoid brain overload.
Our challenges – Time & Public Transport access…eh, time isn’t a major factor – if we find somewhere before the wedding, great! But heck, if its not right – we wait. But….Public Transport access does cut our options down a wee bit.
Now, this is because I don’t have my license yet, so for at least 12 mths I need to have access to public transport….the magic number 12 – after this time I can go for my provisionals!! But I have to hold my learners for at least this amount of time before I can go for my test!!
You maybe wondering how or why, as an adult I don’t already have my license but the answer is pretty simple. I’ve never lived far enough away from things where I needed it… perhaps until now!!! There is nothing like a bit of incentive to get your skates on
So we arrive at our first house, beautifully landscaped, low rise brick house with a lovely verandah – I’m thinking wow, good start. Our agent turns up with another young couple and establishes with us that her companions seem to have a competitive streak ‘You can not sell them a house we want’ I openly laughed out loud at this one…..it was greeted by a wee glare by miss twenty something. Again, it made me giggle – lordy this is NOT some reality TV show..or is it?! he he!
We later establish that ‘curb appeal’ in lower Buderim is v.consistent! However we enter this home and I was transported back to the 80′s…I liked it for the nostalgia…but for a future home..it was a no. I loved the agents attitude, how positive they can make things look… especially when there is plenty of broken brick work. One comment ‘Oh you can take this wall down and make a wonderful space here’ My Fiancé who works in construction took one look at it and shook his head…. ‘ I spend all day on a work site, I don’t want to come home to one’ and with that – we exited house number 1…
Next up, a drive by…..curb appeal? ‘NON existent’ – The only one that day that made us turn around and keep on going – It was that bad.
# 3 Another beautifully landscaped home, its house 1 all over again..dodgy bathrooms & small bedrooms, but damn it a bus stop right outside! LOL
What continued throughout the day was a bit of a roller coast ride but mostly of disappointment – it really surprised me how many homes were let down by bathrooms and kitchens…. it has to be the 2 things most people look at…so many dated and grungy areas Eeeeew! People, if your selling your home, keep it clean!!! Presentation inside is just as important as the outside…. I maybe new at this – but I recognise the simple things!
I’m pretty sure the other couple were of the same mind…’I only have 2 properties to show my Dad next weekend…’ exasperated! Bless her!
The day didn’t end on a bad note…..but that story is perhaps for a future post Watch this space… (411)