Think you have a case of the winter blues…
There are some advantage to buying a home in the winter. Not only are there hopefully less buyers to compete with, but you can see how a house stands up to the wicked winter elements.
What to look for in the winter when Buying a home:
- If there is snow on the neighbourhood roofs but the home you are looking at has bare patches, that is a sign that there is heat escaping and attic insulation is lacking.
- Are there icicles on the roof of the house? That is another sign of lacking insulation since the roof is warm from escaping heat, melts, and then re-freezes as it drips off the roof. This ice formation can also push under the roof shingles and cause damage.
- Does the snow limit the available parking spots or street parking?
- Do the neighbours shovel the sidewalk? How much shovelling will you have to do?
- Are there any areas of ice around the house? It could indicate that water pools in that area.
- Are there any drafts or cold spots in the house? Do the windows insulate the cold well? Is the floor cold?
- Are you comfortable in the house temperature wise?
- What are the most recent utility costs? Ask to see their hydro and gas bills.
If you are in the market for selling or buying a home, don’t let the winter stop you.
Plus, if the home of interest is taking offers on a certain day, maybe bad weather will limit the number of offers!