Over the last couple of weeks we have started looking at houses to buy.
*insert that emoji here that’s the purple face with its hands on its cheeks, like The Scream*
I’ve never owned a house before, and the terror that that’s inducing is a series of blog posts in itself, but rather than open that can of worms today, I wanted to focus on one particular thing that has already begun to annoy me about estate agents.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know that their job is to sell houses, and that sometimes means they’re going to be a little bit pushy in terms of showing you things a little outside your price range or area of interest. I get that. But then sometimes they take it too far.
We have been pretty specific about a couple of our requirements, namely our budget, and the area that we want to live in. It has to be within walking distance of Belle’s school, which is fairly central in Taunton. At least two bedrooms, room for a piano, a bit of a garden – all fairly straightforward.
I had an email from one estate agent this week.
‘We have attached details of properties matching your criteria,’ it said.
I scanned the email. The first thing that jumped out was that the ‘property’ was in Capland.
‘Where the hell is Capland?’ I asked myself. I looked it up on a map in relation to Belle’s school. It turns out it would be a 2 hour and 18 minute walk for Belle, along the A358. Now I know I can be a bit of a softie when it comes to parenting, but surely making her leave at 6am to walk along a busy A road is a little harsh?
I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps it was my total dream house, and it just so happened that it was seven miles away. I scrolled to the picture.
Um… is it me or does there seem to be a crucial element missing?
Where the feck is the house??
Now I know that I said I was ‘open to different styles of home’, but I did specify a minimum of two bedrooms. This field clearly has no bedrooms.
Reading on, I discovered that it does have:
• Direct road access
• Approximately 3.35 acres
• Mains water
• Concrete slab for stable block
• Convenient location with easy access to A358
Well there we go then, what was I thinking?! It’s perfect! We can finally start work on that stable block we have always dreamed of, and we’d be handy for the A358 for Belle to start her dawn walk to school.
I mean sure, we’d have to fix up a bit of tarpaulin or something for shelter, and perhaps whittle a couple of beds out of something, but we’d have mains water and 3.35 acres of GRASS to enjoy, so it would be churlish surely to complain about the lack of something as luxurious as WALLS?
I know that in the grand scheme of things this isn’t a big deal – I can just delete the email and never have to think of it again – but I just don’t understand why so many people and businesses seem incapable of doing something as basic as listening to what the customer wants.
If a family tells you they want to buy a HOUSE near a SCHOOL, then show them houses near a school? Not concrete slabs in empty fields in the middle of nowhere. That’s not rocket science is it?
Am I being unreasonable to get annoyed about this? Is it just the stress of house hunting getting to me already??