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?