Sometimes, when you’re heading home to grab your things and head out for an appointment to view a home to buy, this happens…
A nice screw (washer included, maybe it’s a good thing) through a month old tire. Classic from tire kicking up the screw that was dropped in the middle of the road, then puncturing the rear which is less than two months old.
That forced us to rush to the nearest tire repair establishment before we had to be towed or had to take the wheel off.
We brought it in for repair and luckily it was fixed so quickly that we were able to head out almost on schedule. Thanks to the New England Tire Care Car Center in Northborough, who plugged the tire from the inside, which apparently is great, and pleasantly for us, they did so ahead of schedule.They underpromised and overachieved, always a customers’ favorite! Good to have in Northborough!
Soon after getting on the way to Western Massachusetts, we inevitably hit this on the interstate…Big slowdown and stop and go traffic for no apparent reason, just a lot of stop and very little go, until it suddenly opened up. You’ve got to love electric cars in bumper to bumper situations!
Again, luckily we still made it within 3-4 minutes of the agreed upon time.
The idea was to cause the least disruption possible, because kind tenants, who are moving out soon, were going to show us the property on behalf of the owners and we didn’t want to cause unnecessary inconvenience.
The home we’re interested in buying turned out to be really nice, with some amazing space, in a beautiful setting and a really pretty town which, as many other New England towns, looked picturesque in the light and colors of a late afternoon in the Fall with great weather…It certainly helped that we arrived in the late afternoon with the sun to the West and being able to see the warm light of sunset hitting the West side of the house, which is also where the main entrance and a long balcony is situated.
Maybe we will buy it, maybe not, the seller is very savvy and reasonable which is always a critical factor in making a deal that works for all, and what we really appreciate is also that the seller is responsive, available and easy to talk with. However, we’re early in the process and our deals are very detailed and thorough, so it may take a few days just to know for sure. I really want to thank the very nice couple who lives there taking time out of their day to show us around. Kudos to them also for an overall very well kept home. I know they bought another home and they are moving on to a place with an amount of space that they can handle efficiently, since the kids have or are moving out and this house is really spacious. Thanks again!
The bottom line and the whole point is that if you make an effort to create buffers between your commitments and what can get in the way, even very unexpectedly, you can still fulfill your obligations and not fall short of your promises like we do in all our deals.
We set up buffers to soften unintended problems, which inevitably occur, so it’s never too stressful having to find a solution
and the timeline is always preserved and kept within our windows.
As an example, if we foresee monthly carrying costs for $1,700, we budget $2,000, so if taxes go up, we’re not caught short and have to scramble to cover the payment out of the project budget; or if we think that a deal is going to be completely executed in 24 months, we factor in an extra 6 months, maybe in the form of an extension so we have a checkpoint to reorganize and get it done; or like in this case, if we commit to a 5 o’clock appointment, we aim for 4:00 so we can use the extra time to resolve any possible issues which often arise at the very last moment. There are many areas of different levels of importance where we do this.
Because caution when investing in real estate lets you stay in real estate successfully.
Things happen, it’s about preventing, controlling, minimizing and making up for them while moving forward to finally achieve the set targets, with our home sellers and buyers.
In the end it was a much nicer trip than it looked like even before we started out!