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Don’t be tricked by Perception when buying a new home

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

We all do it, we start our search for buying a new home online and we grade a house by the photos we see.   It’s only natural, you have the image of your dream home in your mind, and maybe you want original features or something that you can just move into. But let me tell you, the biggest mistake you can do is treat the photographs as the truth. Photographs can distort a room size, good and bad. They create an illusion of a property that I want you to think of as a trailer. How many times have you seen a trailer to a film and it looks amazing, and when you see the real thing it was so disappointing. Or on the other hand you may have seen a lousy trailer yet the film touched your heart. The same goes for property details. cinema It is hard to see past bad photographs but remember, this could easily be a photographer issue and not a property issue. Have you ever seen those bad estate agent photographs? They are all over the internet! Even though these are extreme cases it just shows you that if the seller doesn’t stage their home properly or they have a bad photographer, it could really hinder their sale. The photographs will give you an understanding as to whether the property needs some work, or has been recently renovated. But the only way to truly see a property is to be stood physically inside it. There is no rule on how many properties you should see, and don’t be afraid of seeing many. A few years ago we were making a big move from the South East to Wales. Obviously we were not on the doorstep, so every time we came up we viewed as many houses as we could in many different areas. Although we ended up renting initially, it gave us a real understanding of the market and the types of properties available in different areas. As you can by tricked by perfection from photographs, even more can be said when you step inside a property. One of the main jokes in my family came from when I bought my first home. The property was a lovely Victorian cottage, the second bedroom although small had an alcove, which when I viewed the house had a bed set perfectly inside it. We knew it was an interesting size so my dad said he would make me a bed frame to fit inside it. Being excited on moving day and a complete property novice, I didn’t have a tape measure on me. “Don’t worry dad I will be able to measure it.” I boldly stated. I proceeded to lie down and in the gap and placed a video box on my head and it fit (OK looking back this does seem completely strange but at the time it was the most logical thing I could think of to do) “The gap is me and a video box”, I proudly told my dad. It maybe worth stating here that I like to give myself a couple of extra cm’s on a occasion, well being 5’1” on a good day, every millimeter counts. Needless to say I thought it was a good day and the bed didn’t fit! Sometimes when we are viewing a home the space we see can get disjointed and our mind can play tricks on us. If you have key pieces of furniture that you believe are essential to your new home, make sure you measure them before a viewing. Don’t make my mistake and take a tape measure with you to the viewing and make sure it fits. You don’t want your perception of a space to be hinder a family heirloom or one of our wonderful Eat Sleep Live creations from being on display in your new home. Measure The sellers furniture on a viewing can also give the perception of more or less space. We all know the old tricks from new build show homes when they used to place smaller beds in them to make the rooms look bigger! But what if you viewed a property that had too much furniture in the living space? this would make the room feel so much smaller than it was. Perception of space can be tricky although if you look up at the ceiling, the ceiling itself will show you the size of the room in an uncluttered way. Perception can have a real impact when house hunting so make sure that it doesn’t hinder your search for a new home. Remember to see the photographs as a trailer, measure key pieces of furniture and check they fit, and don’t be miss-guided by the furniture displayed in a room. Good luck in finding your new home.


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