Buying Brisbane property? Here's how to find one that's perfect for all seasons
Buying Brisbane property is always exciting, tiring, and time consuming. There are so many factors to consider when buying Brisbane property to ensure you get the perfect property for you. One factor often forgotten however, is how will that property fare in each season? Will it keep cool in Brisbane’s extreme summer? Or will it cost you a fortune in air conditioning to live in? Let’s run through some factors that can help determine livability when buying Brisbane property.
The time of year – be conscious of the time of year when buying Brisbane property?
The time of year you view a property can have an impact on how it feels. For example, an open, breezy and light filled Queenslander will be much more appealing in summer rather than winter. Make sure you factor in seasonal changes and try to imagine how the property will feel once the temperature rises/falls.
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Orientation – what orientation is best when buying Brisbane property?
Technically speaking, the orientation of a property is the positioning of the building in relation to the seasonal variations in the sun’s path as well as the prevailing wind patterns. Orientation is important as it affects things like airflow and exposure to natural sunlight. Good orientation can increase the energy efficiency of your home, making it more comfortable to live in and cheaper to run.
When buying Brisbane property try to choose a property with good orientation for the climatic and regional conditions. In Brisbane, the general rule of thumb is that –
a western orientation will be HOT as western wall/windows receive the strongest radiation at the hottest part of the day. Avoid bedrooms that face west, instead try to look for homes with utility areas (e.g. laundries, bathrooms, garages) that face west or south/west;
a northern orientation is excellent as it captures less sunlight in the summer, but more in the winter. Living areas should face north or north/east to maximise natural light, and to take advantage of winter sun and cooling summer breezes;
when looking at units for sale in Brisbane, the following orientations are ideal – north-east corner units, or north–south cross-over (split level), or cross-through (one side to the other) units.
Ventilation – how does ventilation impact on Brisbane property?
Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate. This makes ventilation a very important consideration when buying property in Brisbane. Ventilation includes the windows and doors, but also the internal structure of the building (e.g. ventilation in the roof).
For a home that is cool in summer look for large windows that open wide and are shaded. High-level windows help hot air escape, while smaller lower windows aid with cross ventilation. Open plan floor plans also assist with passive cooling and cross ventilation so keep these factors in mind when viewing Brisbane properties.
It’s also important to check internal spaces like the roof to see what sort of ventilation they have. In Brisbane it is very important to have some form of vent for hot air to escape from the roof (e.g. a grille or whirlybird). The strong summer sun and high humidity make the roof space very hot if there is not rent in this space.
Using the above factors can help you determine how comfortable a Brisbane property will be to live in, while also giving you an idea of how much you will potentially spend or save on energy bills.