The current COVID-19 pandemic has allowed me the opportunity to self-reflect on my past years in real estate.
As many of you know, I’ve been selling real estate for the past 7 months but my appreciation for the industry started when I was a kid.
Throughout my childhood, I can remember my mother, who is an architect, would highlight her unsolicited opinions about the features and design flaws of homes during our neighbourhood walks.
Main topics included exterior/interior design, locations and window sizes.
The first two topics I would shrug off because they were relatively self explanatory but it took me a while to fully grasp why she constantly mentioned window sizes. When bringing clients through a home they’ll first look at the location, then they’ll look at the exterior/interior design with little to no consideration for window sizes.
Why does window size matter, though?
The larger the windows the more natural light into the house, and this will create a more open an airy feel. Ask yourself, would you rather live in a dark, cold home (I imagine a flat in London), or a bright, airy home like you would see on an island? I’m going to guess you chose the bright and airy home. The reasoning behind this is because the sunlight plays a major role in our mental well-being.
It has been proven that sunlight:
- Increases Vitamin D levels
- Improves mood
- Results in higher sleep quality
- Creates stronger bones
- Lowers blood pressure
Yes, every client has their own wants and needs in a home but these are often replaced once they have a better understanding of how a house can affect their health. I’m not recommending you don’t buy a house unless it’s covered in windows.
I’m saying that next time you look at a property don’t be distracted by the paint and decor, but pay attention to the bones of the house.
The flooring, paint, and decorating are generally affordable and easy to alter upon purchase however, taking down walls and adding more windows becomes a costly project. When my mother was preaching window sizes to me as a young boy it was going in one ear and out the other, but now I credit my mother for building the foundation for my love of homes.
Thank you, Mom.
Written by: Mathew Scott