While house hunting in the winter was never really a thing of the past, today’s culture keeps things going year-round – which means finding a home can be done at any time of the year. While exploring in the cold might be your focus or concern, house-hunting in less-than-ideal conditions can show you things you can’t always see on a warm, sunny day. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to find a home before the holidays.

Winter Weather Can Help You See Hidden Flaws

Even if you don’t love the cold and snowy weather, it can help you see household flaws that you may not see in the warmth of summer. Maybe the windows are drafty or there is a major loss in privacy when the trees are bare from the cold. It will also help you to love your home for its’ bones, and only love it more when warmer seasons arrive bringing flowers, grass, and colorful foliage.

Photos Can Help Fill In The Blanks

It can be hard to picture what a poolside oasis looks like when it is covered in snow. This is where photos can save the day. Whether they are listing photos or images from previous owners, seeing certain parts of the home in better weather may check the final box for a home you are falling in love with.

Know How To Handle Features Unavailable In The Winter

If that pool you fell in love with isn’t operational in the winter, you should request that they leave money in escrow or extend the closing time frame so that you can inspect the pool when warm weather returns. Sellers are responsible for remedying any issues unless they provide a disclosure about some part of the pool not working.

Negotiating Price In the Winter Months

Depending on the situation and area you are looking to buy or sell in.  Some buyers may be more able to score a deal on a home without the hassle that the spring market may bring.  There is always a benefit to selling in spring months due to higher demand and better chances of getting over asking price.  But you can still easily sell in the winter months and get asking price and score yourself a deal as you move onto your next home as well.  Sellers in the colder months may be more apt to negotiate or be a bit more flexible as they are more eager to sell.  And shopping for a home in the winter months overall is a much more slower paced experience than the hussle and bussle of the spring home market.

So don’t let those cold temps stop you from making a move this winter. Reach out and let’s start home shopping.