It Doesn’t Look Like The Picture!

A lot of deals we see online nowadays will certainly remind you that the real thing is often not that great. This happened to me not too long ago; I was looking for a room to rent for my birthday party so I checked out different hotels online which are all within an hour from my home. I made sure to read through the list of features and I viewed all the images. After several days of searching and comparing options, I settled for this boutique hotel and decided that I couldn’t go wrong renting the biggest suite because there are enough rooms for all my family members who will be staying the night with me. Happy to have found something, at last, I told my family which hotel I’d chosen for my party and why I like it (because in my family it’s a must to justify all your decisions).

My brother-in-law, who’s a freelance photographer, was present for the announcement and he discreetly told my sister, his wife, who then relayed to me, that the place isn’t that great. He knew because he was one of the photographers who took the pictures posted on the website. The suite I was planning to book wasn’t spacious and all the pieces of furniture were rather old; some were even damaged. The nice appearance of the suite in the picture was just the product of strategic staging and photo editing. My brother-in-law had no reason to lie to me, but he still went out of his way to take me and my mom to the hotel for an ocular; he was right about the suite being a dud and I wasn’t able to stop myself from saying to the hotel employee that the suite didn’t look like the picture in the website.

It’s the same thing with real estate properties. They tend to only look great in pictures but the reality is often a far cry from that; they all turn out to be so much smaller, and the vibrancy of colors is simply not there. This is pretty much the reason why conducting a personal ocular and building inspection is necessary prior to deciding to make a property purchase because most of the provisions nowadays are simply not what they seem in pictures and when they are staged.

It’ll be entirely your fault if you close a deal without inspecting the property meticulously — all sales are final and you cannot pull a plug on a done deal. If the property you’ve purchased turned out to be completely different from what you’ve expected and you want to make things right, you’re going to have to take the matter to court. That’s going to be an expensive process, and perhaps, only for you, because most real estate agents have what’s called the real estate professional indemnity insurance — like what’s provided by REAPI which will effectively cover their lawyer’s and other legal process fees.

The lesson here is simple. Be a consistently smart consumer, don’t rely too much on pictures on websites and product descriptions, and don’t make quick decisions simply based on face value. Get to the nitty-gritty of the provision to properly establish its worth, this way, you can avoid all sorts of hassles, and getting extremely disappointed with your purchase.

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