Tips for Buying a Home in The Winter

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Home shopping is exciting, sometimes so exciting you lose sight of some important things.  When looking for a home to purchase in the winter you will be exposed to different factors that may impact your decision in whether or not you should make an offer on a property.  Take a look at these tips to keep in mind when buying a home this winter:

  1. Be aware of drafts or leaks in windows, doors and roofs.  Winter is the perfect time to notice the chilly drafts that blow in that may be more difficult to find or realize if shopping for a home during the summer, so pay attention!  Look up when walking throughout the home, do you notice any leaks?
  2. Notice the level of difficulty of getting to the property.  Are you considering purchasing a home in a more rural area?  Keep in mind the road patterns-are they winding and up and down hills?  Even in certain neighborhoods you can encounter difficulties, so remember to be alert on the way to the property and imagine it being snowy and slick.
  3. Is it difficult getting in and out of the driveway?  If the driveway is steep, you can image the issues that can occur if you go sliding down the slick driveway and crashing into whatever is at the bottom…  Also, who will be the one shoveling the driveway after the heavy snow showers?  What if there is not a driveway?  If you are parking on the street, remember snow plows come through with the roads in mind, not the cars parked that they are pushing the snow up against.
  4. What type of heating is installed?  If there is a fireplace and chimney, when was the last time it was cleaned?  Does it have electric, if so, how much has the average cost been previously?  Some older homes may only use a fireplace and rely on that alone or space heaters.
  5. Are trees near the home?  I don’t know about you, but I have had my fair share of tree limbs sloping down further than I am used to and knocking me in the head.  What if those limbs were not just hitting you on the head, but drooping over the home a little bit too close for comfort?  Look up and take note of how close the trees are to the roof of the home, barn, shed or other buildings on the property.

Personally, I think seeing homes in the winter is one of the best ways to view a home from the buyer’s standpoint.  They get the true picture of the house without the beautiful landscape, perfect weather and road conditions.

If you’re considering buying a home this winter, give me a call-I’d be happy to help you find your home for the holidays! 502.320.7750