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Don’t let seasonal seduction affect your summer buying

Spring and summer are traditionally popular times of the year when it comes to house hunting – but beware of being seduced by the seasons if you are thinking about buying now.

House hunting in the warm weather could be a deciding factor when it comes to making an offer; cool rooms, large windows and a spacious garden.

However, don’t forget how quickly the British climate can change, and don’t be swayed by warm weather when house hunting in summer.

And just as the warm weather arrives in earnest, independent estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray share the National Association of Estate Agents’ (NAEA) tips on seasonal buying.

Harrison Murray head of estate agency Nick Salmon said: “Now is a great time of year to think about moving house. The warm and sunny weather puts people in a good mood – and when viewing a property, prospective buyers are attracted by all the things that make a home look great in the summer – cool living rooms, large windows and lots of outdoor space for barbecues.

“However, the British weather can change quickly, so it is important to think about how the same home can look and feel in the winter.”

Here are some tips:

– Viewing the property at different times of day will help you see how natural light falls around different rooms. – Check insulation and heating, and note whether the windows are double-glazed and if cavity walls/lofts are insulated. With utility bills rising, it is also worth finding out when the boiler was installed and checking that radiators are big enough for the rooms they occupy. – Look for signs of damp, an important issue at any time of year but which could be less obvious during summer months. Ensure a comprehensive survey is undertaken to reduce the risk of unwanted surprises. – Be aware of external features – any unclad or exposed pipes may be prone to freezing in colder winter temperatures. Equally, consider upkeep factors on external walls – painted facades may need to be repainted regularly to guard against harsh winter conditions.

Nick added: “If you are a seller, it might be prudent to pay some attention to the same points and address any potential issues way in advance of the colder, winter months.”

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