What To Look For In A Winter-Ready Property

If you’re currently looking for a new home, whether to buy or rent, it’s likely that you want somewhere that is warm, inviting and cosy – especially during the colder months. But more than just a welcoming home, you also want the property to be ready for winter in terms of energy-efficiency. As your local property experts, we’ve pulled together a list of the key features of a winter-ready property to help you choose the perfect place to call home this season. 

An efficient heating system

If you’re looking to move into a new home and don’t want to spend a lot of money renewing current systems, or even spend huge amounts of money on your bills, then it’s important that you look for a well-functioning and energy-efficient heating system. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, your estate agent can help.

Proper insulation

Again, this might be an area where your estate agent advises on but adequate insulation in the loft as well as properly glazed windows and insulated doors are key to keeping the cold air out and the warm air in. These can also boost the overall energy efficiency of your home, and lead to reduced heating costs in the long run. 

A well-maintained roof

The roof of the property is also crucial when it comes to how winter-ready a property is. After all, damage and holes can lead to leaks and an ageing roof may be more prone to damage in the future. Again, while you might not be able to inspect this yourself, it is something that your estate agent will be able to advise on. 

Winter-ready features

It goes without saying that a fireplace will be a welcome addition in the colder months but it’s also important to double check where all the radiators are located in the house. For example, if you spend a lot of time in your kitchen and there isn’t an appropriate heat source, you might want to rethink the property. What’s more, is the living room located in the conservatory? These are known for being cold in the winter, which again could mean that the property isn’t as perfect for you as you thought.

Winter amenities 

While we might not have to worry about large amounts of snow in the UK, the winter weather can still play havoc on transport, schools and the roads. With this in mind, consider where the nearest shop is, whether there are train and bus links closeby, and how isolated you may be in the event that the UK does see some snow. 

If you’re searching for a new property this winter and want some help finding the right one, our team of property experts are the people to turn to. Simply email us at info@kaytons.co.uk, call us on 0161 672 1144 or pop into our Chapel Street office and together we can find the perfect winter-ready property for you.

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