Benefits Of Buying A Home In Winter

There’s a common notion that winter is a bad time to buy or sell a home. While it’s true that there are some factors that make winter a less desirable time to move, it’s also true that you can buy your dream home when few others are looking. Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Make sure your home inspector pays careful attention to air conditioning... and other parts of the property that can’t be obviously observed during the winter. You may want to include a contingency in your offer that keeps money from the seller in escrow for possible HVAC repairs.
  • Request photos of the home from different seasons. You can also take a peek using programs like Google Earth.
  • Visit the property during daylight, if possible. Even though it’s convenient to swing by homes after work, it’s best to see real estate when natural light can draw attention to flaws inside and outside.
  • Look at the listing history. If the property has been available longer than other homes in the area, it may have issues that need to be sussed out.
  • Consider exterior problems. Homebuyers who live in cold climates have the opportunity to notice slippery sidewalks, ice dams in gutters or other possible hazards.
  • Observe winter maintenance. Cities and counties have triage systems identifying which roads are cleared first, how they’re treated (salt vs, cinders) and where the snow is piled. These factors can contribute to both convenience and safety.
  • Maximize your negotiating power. If you find a home that meets your requirements, work with your realtor to make a reasonable offer. With fewer homes on the market, you may be able to avoid a bidding war and could walk away with a great deal.

So grab your coat and get started! Your dream home is waiting for you.


1 Content provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and does not make any implied or direct recommendations. 

- Jan 16, 2019