“The end of the season is a good time to buy; prices are often lower than in spring,” says Nicola Oddy of Stacks Property Search, www.stacks.co.uk. She suggests revisiting now if you are keen to buy – and finding out about life in the off-season.
“The most useful research you can do is talk to people involved in local businesses,” says Nicola. “What do they do during the winter? What stays open? Even pubs and hotels may shut down completely for a couple of months during the winter, and off season hours may be very different to those in high summer.”
“There are plenty of reliable clues about whether a town or village has a year-round community,” says Nicola. Check notice boards for information and local groups, clubs and societies; and are the shops all targeting holidaymakers?”
Buying properties with parking so you don’t have to compete with day trippers is another top tip, and check beach by laws: “Many Cornish beaches carry (dog) restrictions during the peak summer months and some all year round,” says Nicola.
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