Buying your home – was it love at first sight?

July 28th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

For many people stepping over the threshold of a prospective new home can conjure the feelings of ‘this is the one’. It’s hard to pin-point a logical reason for these emotions, other than the fact that a home has that feeling. The French agents call it a “coup de coeur” a blow to the heart, but us UK counterparts don’t really have a saying for this unexplainable feeling of love at first sight.
Is it that the buyer has found a house that correctly adds up to all of the things on their wish list? – No, not always. Often home-buyers will look at a selection of homes which should give them that “want to buy” feeling, but often don’t.
Buying a new home is one of the most expensive and emotional investments we will ever make. It’s also where we will make new memories with our families, offering the prospect of happy times ahead. So getting it right is very important. Taking this into account it’s interesting that most buyers will know within the first 5 minutes of a house viewing if they want to buy a property or not.
So could these feelings of love towards a new home be associated with the same sense of attraction that entices us to a new mate (“I can’t put my finger on it, but this is the one”)? Probably not, but it is said that if a vendor creates a good first impression, it will probably sell faster than one that doesn't.  
At the end of the day whatever drew you to love your home doesn’t really matter, but if you love your home it will invariably make you feel content and happy which will have a positive effect on all the other areas of your life.