Seasonal buying

News at Kings Estates | 23/04/2013

Be cautious of seasonal buying…

Spring and summer are the most popular seasons for house hunting. If you are starting your property search this summer there are a few things to think about. The most being that the warmer months do not last very long in this country! You might love the big windows and cool rooms within the summer months but how much will you love the draft in winter?

Once you find a property that you like it is important to view it at different times of the day. This will help you see the different levels of natural light. It will also give you an idea of the neighbourhood in the evening.

The rooms may be cool in summer but are they double glazed for the cooler months and are the lofts insulated? How old is the boiler, is it going to last another winter?

Damp can be very evident in properties in the winter months and hard to spot in summer and drier periods. It is recommended that you have a comprehensive survey to reduce the risk that you have missed any signs.

It is not only the inside of the property you have to consider in the winter but the gardens too. Are you paying a premium for the landscaped garden with the added bonus of a summer house? You must remember you will only realistically want to use this space a number of months a year.

Something else to consider is the maintenance costs of a property. Are the external walls painted? Will they need to be repainted each year to cope with the harsh winter conditions? Are there any exposed pipes that could freeze within the winter months?

The housing market can continue during lockdown in England

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on 4 January, announced England will move to a new national lockdown that requires, under UK Coronavirus Alert Level 5, people must stay at home, except for limited exceptions.

House moves are a limited exception and, therefore, are still be permitted to go ahead. Guidance issued by the UK Government states people can still move home, however, people outside a household or support bubble should not help with moving, unless absolutely necessary.

Estate and letting agents and removal firms can continue to work with property viewings still also allowed if anyone is looking to move.

It has been stressed the importance of following the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.

Housing market activity returned on 12 May 2020 in England and has continued ever since due to the Government's belief in the importance of the sector and confidence that agents are operating safely.

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