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Which way a property faces isn’t always a priority for a buyer or vendor, but it should be.
The orientation of a home could make it particularly cold in winter or extremely hot in summer – which can lead to some very hefty energy bills. Here are Andrew’s tips for finding a new home with perfect property orientation where ever you live.
A well orientated property will make the most of its environment. It will either protect you from the sun or use it to your advantage as a free heater. In cooler climates such as Tasmania or Victoria, look for a home that maximizes northern light and gets a good dose of sun. A house in this location will capture as much day light as possible, which is important, especially in the winter months.
Meanwhile, warmer climates such as Queensland will demand shade from the sun, so look for a home with lots of shady trees or an outdoor deck that is protected by a roof.
If you are looking to buy in Sydney, where temperatures are more moderate, try to achieve a nice balance of both. A westerly facing backyard will benefit from the afternoon sun, meaning the front of your home will receive the gentle morning rays.
Whether your new home is facing North, South, East or West, take a moment to think about what’s going to suit you best. A good outdoor space is like having an extra room, so make sure the temperature is right for you.
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by Andrew Winter from Selling Houses Australia