Donna Coakley McGowan's Blog
All home buyers create a list of features they desire in a property and come armed with the list when their agent shows them a new listing. When you’re shopping for a home in the South, there are a few key features you should include on the list along with the whirlpool tub and big kitchen with an island. If you want to live comfortably and affordably in warm and humid climates add these property and design must-haves to your list.
Trees, Trees & More Trees
When at all possible, find yourself a property that has plenty of trees and shade. Sure, you’ll spend a little more time on yard upkeep in the Fall, and your gutters will need more managing, but you’ll be glad to have a shaded home during the warmest months of the year. Plus, the yard itself will be more usable and enjoyable through the Summer.
Single-Story & Lofty Ceilings
Look for a single-story home with high ceilings instead of a two-story home. The high ceilings give the heat somewhere to go while keeping the space below cooler without the need for blasting more AC. In a two-story home, the upstairs can be difficult and expensive to cool so you may find yourself avoiding an entire half of your home while blowing through your summer funds. Tip: Make sure the temperature gauge for the AC unit is well-placed in a central location and not directly facing a window.
Windows can be tough in warm climates. You want to let as much natural light into the house as possible, but you also want to keep the heat out. Ideally, look for a home that has more windows, or the largest windows facing North or South instead of East and West. This way you can enjoy indirect, natural light that brightens your home without heating it up. You can also try looking for a home with skylights on the North slope of the roof. These will allow indirect light in as well.
A home with all hard flooring, either tile, wood or a combination is a must. Since you can always add rugs to your living spaces, save yourself from additional cooling requirements by avoiding carpet in the home. Tile flooring will keep the home the coolest through the hot months, but wood or laminate flooring is still much cooler than carpet.
Armed with your preferred features list, your agent will be sure to find you the best home for your needs and comfort.