North, south, east, west: How aspect affects the sale of a property

North, south, east, west: How aspect affects the sale of a property

The aspect of a property is the direction to which it faces and it’s interesting how much this can affect its desirability.

For instance, houses with a north-to-rear aspect are often the most desirable. This is because the indoor/outdoor living spaces are usually to the rear, which means the alfresco entertaining terrace, garden and swimming pool will be blessed with all-day sunshine.

Apartments with north-facing balconies are often desirable for the same reason – natural light and warmth. Although, they can potentially be a little too hot and bright in summer.

East and northeast aspects appeal to those who value morning sunshine while west and northwest aspects are ideal for those who enjoy afternoon and early-evening sunshine.

If your property faces south, chances are it’s a little dark, so it’s best to sell it in summer when it gets the most natural light while being impressively cool.

If your property faces north, you’re in luck – you can successfully sell it any time of the year.

Aspect can also affect the Open for Inspection times. It’s best to open properties that face east or northeast in the morning and properties that face west or northwest in the afternoon to showcase the time of day when it receives the most natural light and warmth.

Buyers also need to be mindful of the aspect. South-facing properties sold in summer will be at their brightest. Buyers need to be aware that the property might be quite dark in winter. North-facing properties will be at their coolest in winter. Buyers need to be aware that the property might be quite hot in summer.

Ultimately, it comes down to the type of light and warmth that appeals to each buyer – and everyone’s different. Some desire morning sun, some enjoy afternoon sun, some want all-day sun and some would prefer a property that isn’t drenched in sun.

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