Making the Most of a Property’s Aspect and Lighting

December 23rd, 2013

Investors should make the most of a property’s aspect and lighting, no matter if it’s facing the north or south, or the east or west, according to Property Observer.

A north-facing property is more desirable as it receives more sunlight during the day. But what’s important is how the direction affects the property’s design in terms of light.

Margie Blok, a property commentator, said that buyers/investors should consider the following:

  • Turn off the lights to see how much sunlight enters the property.
  • Properties facing west or north-west can become hot at the end of the day.
  • Properties facing south, east or west with water views or set in a good location could provide higher capital growth and rental yield.
  • Check the property throughout the day instead of only during inspection times when more sunlight enters the property.
  • Check which aspect of the property is facing north.
  • Bedrooms needn’t face north, but look for mould and damp in dark places.
  • Assess the property’s relationship with natural light rather than its interior/exterior decoration.
  • Look at the property’s floor plan and room locations.

Jonathan Chancellor, another property commentator, added that the following can enhance a property’s aspect, lighting and value:

  • Good interior/exterior designs that complement a property’s aspect and lighting.
  • Skylights in hallways and rooms with little to no sunlight.
  • Mirror panels or hanging mirrors for reflecting light into dark places.
  • Decorative and ambient lights for changing the mood of a room.
  • Lights for the outdoors and garden at night.
  • Windows that look into the home next door should have opaque glass for privacy while still providing enough light.