When reading house-hunting guides, two seasons that appear the most popular are fall and spring. The reason is quite simple. Most of the sellers put their homes on the market in spring and the homes that are left on the market until fall are usually more affordable. But, what happens during winter? Many people feel that’s not the best time to purchase a home and move, but we can show you that’s not always true. Here are some tips for house hunting in the winter and beating those low temperatures.
Why buy a house in the winter months?
We know why spring and fall are popular seasons in the real estate world. Now, let’s see why you should consider the time when temperatures go down to look for a new, warm home for your family. The reasons why you should go house hunting in winter are:
- affordable homes
- less competition
- sellers more willing to close the deal which also results in a faster closing time
- better communication with your real estate agent, due to fewer clients.
There are some downsides, too, but you should focus on the positive and get the most out of our tips and tricks to find the best home possible.
Winter house hunting – tips and tricks
Here’s some valuable information that will help you step into the market during winter and get the most for your money.
Plan your schedule
As winter days tend to be shorter, carefully plan your house hunting tasks. It’s best to visit a home during the day, while there’s still some light. Therefore, be sure to organize and finish work so you can manage to see the houses you like before the night falls.
Talk to the owner about other seasons
House hunting in winter helps you see how a home feels in the low temperatures. Also, you will see if any problems appear in the harsh weather conditions. And if you like the house even when it’s dark and cold outside, imagine how much you will love it when more beautiful days come. But don’t forget to ask the owner about other seasons as well, as snow can cover potential issues.
Choose experienced professionals
As buying a home in winter, as well as relocating, tend to be more challenging, be sure to work with experienced professionals. The real estate broker you pick needs to have a lot of experience, so they know houses in the area well. They will help you get a better deal, and warn you about problems some houses might have. Also, when moving long-distance after you purchase a home, find someone to assist you with the move. Everything is much easier with professional and reliable help.
Don’t underestimate the low temperatures and the process of house hunting in winter. To make it more enjoyable, be sure to prepare well and keep warm. Dress in warm clothes and shoes, but in layers – this way you can take it off easily when visiting houses. If you don’t want to take your shoes off, but also don’t want to bring dirt and water inside, bring shoe protectors. Also, take some warm drink in a thermos, so you can take a sip while driving to see a house. If you feel good while looking at homes, you will be able to make the best decision and choose a perfect home.