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The clocks go back this weekend as part of the UK daylight saving regime and we move towards winter.
While there is little we can do about the shorter days and longer nights, the amount of daylight you get to enjoy can depend on your location.
National estate agent Springbok Properties has studied which areas of the UK get the most and least over the year, and how much it costs from a property point of view.
Across the UK, we enjoy an average of 4,486 hours of daylight every year, that’s an even split of 12 hours a day. With the average cost of property currently £230,118, that’s £51 in property prices for each hour of daylight.
While the amount of daylight doesn’t differ drastically by location, the difference between the most (Belfast) and the least (London) is a notable 12 hours per year which can make all the difference.
With an average house price of £129,191, Belfast is home to the best mix of longer days and bricks and mortar affordability, resulting in a property price cost of £29 for every hour of daylight per year.
Belfast is closely followed by Glasgow (£29), Liverpool (£30), Nottingham (£32) and Swansea (£33) where the cost of property for every hour of daylight per year is at its lowest.
Aberdeen is also home to a property price of (£33) for every hour of daylight, but with 4,495 days of daylight per year, it’s the best bet for reducing the darker winter evenings.
London is predictably the most depressing location in the list, with property prices averaging £469,639 and one of the lowest average hours of daylight (4,471), you’re spending out £105 in property costs for every hour of daylight each year.
Founder and CEO of Springbok Properties, Shepherd Ncube, commented: ‘There’s no doubt that the shorter days and longer nights can have a detrimental impact on your mood and so opting for one of our daylight property hotspots could not only improve this, but they are also far more affordable than some areas of the UK property market.
‘Perhaps the new trend in the UK market won’t be those looking to invest in a getaway for the summer months, but in a property for the winter in order to make the most of the limited daylight available.’