House hunting can be stressful and feel like a huge weight is riding on top of our shoulders. Each house after the next one can seem like it is a good fit, but then we see the smallest feature or characteristic and take it off the “maybe” list of properties to take a second look at. It can all add up to a frantic search for the perfect house instead of choosing a house based on needs and practicality. One of the most suggested tips for house hunters today is not to find the perfect house, but let the houses you enter with the estate agent talk to you. So, when house hunting, listen to your estate agent as well as your inner voice. They both have something quite valuable to say.
Moving home ranks high on the list of most stressful things to do during our lifetime. It is up there with marriage, child birth, and obtaining a new job. It has the potential to make us feel vulnerable, to feel safe, and to make us feel free of anything which could be harmful. These feelings all derive from the place we call home; the place we lay our heads down each night and go to sleep. This is why the house hunting process is so important. Our final choice in this process determines how we will feel each day from the day we move in.
Ask the estate agent thoughtful questions and listen intently to the answers. They have knowledge about the task at hand and can offer useful suggestions. Listen to your inner voice from the moment you step on to a new property. It will give you a first impression feeling which is undeniable. It will make you feel at peace, or uncomfortable, or overwhelmed, and it may even put you totally at ease and start hinting at the fact that this property could be the one. It could be the one which you will spend years in, start a family in, and possibly even grow old in.
We often fall into a groove of not listening to our inner voice and doing what we think is expected of us. We look for the perfect house with the perfect yard and the perfect school for kids we may not even have yet. This is an easy trap to fall into, but it will not serve us well into the future. It will likely not make us happy in the end. Focusing on finding a house which will best suit our needs will more than likely help us find more joy.
From the first step until the last spent on the potential new home property, listen. Listen to your estate agent for facts about the area, utility costs, and when rubbish is picked up. Also, listen to your inner voice when it says to you, “this could be the one.”