TLC It In Person

There’s nothing like the phrase ‘needs a little TLC’ to sell a property, especially when you’re asking more than it’s really worth. That’s just a little observation I’ve picked up while looking at rural properties for sale. I guess the vendors are banking on being so remote that some city slicker’s going to think they’ve snagged a bargain ‘lifestyle package’, and not bother going to check it out in person before they buy.

I mean, each to their own. I’m just not sure if people realise how much they’re going to need to invest in equipment for the country lifestyle, beyond the property itself. For example, you’re going to need to have a ute canopy custom built. Melbourne is home to more than a few custom canopies, sure – especially in the outer suburbs. But the bulk of those will be commercial service bodies used by tradies.

Now, those surely cut the mustard for their prescribed purpose, but when you’re trying to get around on unsealed roads and safely traverse boggy crossings, you’re going to want something a bit more rugged. That goes double if you’re in the process of carrying out ‘a little TLC’ on your leaky, collapsing cabin in the middle of a paddock that’s desperately in need of topsoil. It’s no joke. Don’t get me started on the ute tray styles Melbourne types turn up with.

It might sound like I’m laying it on a bit thick, but check in again once you’ve spent a muddy, cold winter on a remote property, without the right equipment to carry out your so-called TLC. By the end of it, those three letters more than likely are going to stand for… something else. Terribly Lacking in Convenience, maybe. I’m sure you’ll think of something.

My point is, make sure you know what you’re getting into, take the time to inspect the property, and don’t buy into that real estate mumbo jumbo. And, for the love of god, make sure your vehicle is up to the challenge, if you do decide to take it on.