When you buy a home, you look for features in the home that will provide you with the convenience and features you need to live and keep house. But when you buy a home in the summer, you need to take into consideration the outside temperature and its effect inside the home and on its yard and landscaping. Here are some tips to consider when buying a home in the summer to make the transition into your new home go more smoothly.
Landscaping and Yard Maintenance
Buying a home and moving into it during the summer can require you to manage the yard and exterior of the home. You cannot slack in this area and leave the home's landscaping covered in a layer of snow and ice, for example. For this reason, when you buy a home in the summer, you get with it the condition of the landscaping and any work it will need.
Look at the amount of landscaping a home has and how much work it will require of you. For example, is there a large expanse of lawn that will need weeding, mowing, and watering? Or is the yard installed with an automatic sprinkler system to help you keep it lush and green? On the other hand, is your yard void of any managed vegetation and instead filled with rocks and weeds?
If your yard does not contain any landscaping yet, you may want to plan and budget to complete this project in the near future. To help you budget, you can ask for an allowance in the price from the seller to add in landscaping. Then, you could look at installing your yard in the fall when the temperatures are not as high, and you will have had time to get settled into the inside of your new home so you can then work on the outside.
Home's Cooling System
Another consideration you should think about when you are shopping for a house to buy is the home's cooling system and if it will be sufficient to keep you comfortable for the upcoming warmer days. Not all homes are installed with a whole-home cooling system that works perfectly.
Some homes do not have a built-in cooling system and you will, instead, need to mount one or more window air conditioners to keep cool, for example. Otherwise, you might consider installing a mini split air conditioner or buying a portable air conditioner unit to run inside the home. Or, if you are buying a home in an arid climate, you might be buying a home that is installed with an evaporative cooler which uses water to cool the air that it circulates into your home. This type of cooling system works well when the air is dry, but if there is any humidity outside, it can make the cooler less effective in your home.
For more information about what to look for when looking at homes for sale, talk to your realtor.