The time of year that you view a property can have an impact on how it looks and feels. But there are a few things you can check when inspecting a property that can help prepare you to make the right buying decision.
The orientation of the building in relation to the sun and wind patterns can change the way the home feels in certain seasons. Consider the direction of the property to work out how much natural sunlight and airflow it will have. Based on the climate of the suburb, the direction your property faces can make it more comfortable in extreme heat and cold. This can also help you save money on your energy bills. Ideally, the kitchen, lounge room and garden should be the spaces in the home that receive the most sunlight.
When you inspect a property, take note of the windows and doors throughout the house. For a home that’s breezy in summer but can be warmed easily in winter, you’ll need high-level windows which capture the winter sun and ventilate the air in summer. Smaller, well-shaded windows are ideal to help increase cross-ventilation when facing south, east and west. Open planning and narrow buildings both help cooling a property in summer. Outdoor living areas that are shaded or fitted with ceiling fans are also a bonus because you’ll be able to utilise the space in summer.
The location of the property can also affect the sun and air filtration. When looking at apartments or units, consider the fact that its location in a strata building can make it more difficult to shade balconies due to building restrictions. If you’re not a big fan of the summer heat, you might also need to avoid certain suburbs that are more humid in summer. Make sure you research the suburb’s yearly climate so you know what to expect year round.
While you can’t inspect a property in every season before purchasing it, you can definitely check that you’ll be happy living there year round.