Recent research concurs with our view that most buyers buy on instinct, typically viewing their eventual home no more than twice before making a decision to buy.
Buying a property certainly appears to be a decision of the heart over the head. In other words, the “I’ll know it when I see it” approach turn out to be quite reliable.
Despite the detail offered about their property by sellers when they ask us about marketing their home, buyers paint their preferences with a very broad brush indeed. They seldom, if ever, ask what type of boiler is installed, or if there is a double wardrobe in the bedroom, or an aerial point in the lounge before viewing it. These are small details which have little bearing on whether the buyer will consider the property to be a suitable home.
Once certain non-negotiables, such as price, minimum amount of accommodation, and the general location of the property have been satisfied, buyers are primarily influenced by “How does it feel?” and “Could we be happy here?”. These elements are intangible but if the right button has been pushed, virtually nothing will stop the buyer from wanting to buy the property.
Of course, the brain then tries to over-rule the heart, forcing the buyer to re-visit the property, just to make sure. During this second viewing the buyer will take a more detailed look at the property, and may take more notice of the type of fittings and the structural condition.
The brain will usually decide whether to support the heart solely on the strength of this second visit and the buyer either make an offer there and then, or decide against.
So we advise sellers to remember they are selling a home, not just a building, and work with us to promote the lifestyle benefits of their property – not just the features.