Moving house is no picnic. That’s stating the obvious – we hear you say. But when the right conditions for moving come together, it does have ‘picnic’ written all over it. Moving homes in the summer has always been a champion move. The sun is out, birds are chirping, the housing market is peaking, and the moods are sprightly. Selling, buying, and even packing up your house is suddenly a lot easier. So, shall we see why summer turns things around for property?
Is the sunlight hitting the right spots? Viewing homes on sunny days means getting an eyeful of how natural light streams into (or not) a home. If you want a bright hallway, sitting room, or kitchen, you will miss the true big picture in the dark, colder months. Brighter days also give you a better opportunity to assess the landscape, garden, and curb appeal. Some love a south-facing garden or house. Summer leaves you more daylight time for viewing multiple homes in a single day. It also means you can view a home after work and not have to wait till the weekend.
If you are selling your home, summer viewings allow potential buyers to make a note of the ‘sunny’ aspects of your house. Summer is perfect for showing off new paintwork, a shiny new front door, or the new glazed extension made for sun-drenched repose, all features that increase the asking price.
And, you will get more hours in the day to pack, organise, and even hold a car boot sale that can clear a lot of unnecessary items being packed for no good reason.
Shifting your priced fabric sofa in the rain or having to unpack all the duvets as soon as you get to your new home to deter cold nights are cumbersome things that do not come in the fine summer weather. Granted, there will be some rain, but most days will be clear skies for packing, shifting, and unpacking. You also want to keep moving out of the festival calendar dates like Christmas or New Year. Not only you will find that removal services will have staff on leave, but juggling Christmas decor with packing will see you run into all sorts of bother.
For sellers, it is the best time to show off their well-kept gardens. It is the peak flowering season for most flowering plants and trees. Lawns grow lush and green and trees will have their full foliage. Pruning the hedges, shrubs, & trees for pleasing aesthetics and mowing the lawn for a manicured look can impress buyers. The fine weather will also see the birds and butterflies come out to play, adding another layer of sensory satisfaction. According to research, spending as little as £400 on your garden can increase the value of your home by £2,000.
Likewise, when you go to look at properties, the summer weather will offer a clear picture of what your new home’s garden can transform into for those barbeques you are planning to throw.
Children are on summer break
Moving during summer, especially to another catchment area, prevents disruption to children’s school year. They will be able to finish their term in the old school and begin fresh in the new one. Children will also have a better chance to settle into the new house and neighbourhood and explore the outdoors. They might even make friends with those who go to their new school. You will also not have to worry about busy school runs and get to focus on moving and decorating.
You won’t be the only one hoping for a barbecue in the garden when the sun is out. You will likely be invited to one on your street, giving you the chance to socialise and for kids to make friends. Summer brings people outside – to the parks, waterside, community halls, and open-air events. Event calendars are usually packed in the summer, and you will have more chances to mingle and get active in the community.
Positive outlook on the housing market
More people are looking to buy in the summer, which means you will have more offers. It is also easier to arrange and set the scene for viewings. If the house needs renovations, it is the best season to spruce up. Fixing your roof in damp weather is offputting and, well….dampening. And, remember what we said about natural light? You will have lots of it to brighten the interiors.
Moving whenever you like can be a little tricky when there are property chains involved. If you think summer is the perfect time to move, new builds are ideal as they have no property chains or previous owners.
Summer brings the best vibes for moving. However, if you need to move now, now is the right time. And, for those who are making long-term plans to move, we hope all that we mentioned will stick with you, and you will get to see the sunny side of the house you have your heart set on. GS Brown Construction has more than 50 years of experience in house building and assists you from start to finish in the buying process to make it as stress-free as possible.