Home Buyer Tips for Connecticut Winters

Buyer tips COnnecticut winters

Searching for a home during snowy Connecticut winters can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be possible to find your dream home during the winter months.

At least you’re better off than the people who are trying to sell their house in winter. In fact, you can use the slow market to your advantage. With homes often remaining on the market for months at a time, there’s plenty of inventory available. And since fewer potential buyers are actively searching for a home during the winter months, sellers may be more accommodating.

Check out these 4 Simple Home buying Tips for the Winter Months

Be flexible. There’s always a chance you might have to reschedule during extreme weather conditions. Also, since illness is more common this time of year, you always run the chance that the seller will be stuck at home with a sick kid, your real estate agent will come down with a bad cold, or you could be so miserable from the flu that you can’t drag yourself out of bed. Just make sure to stay in contact, and be aware that you might have to change your plans.

Check for drafts. One advantage of home shopping in the wintertime is that you can get a good idea of how well insulated the property is. Stand near doors and windows, feel the exterior walls, and take note of any cold spots that might require weather-stripping, added insulation, or replacement windows.

Don’t forget about the exterior. If it’s below freezing with a foot of snow on the ground, you might be tempted to focus only on the inside when you look at homes. Don’t neglect the outside! Bundle up, put on your boots, and get out there. Inspect the entire exterior the best you can, to get an idea of the home’s condition and any improvements that would be necessary in the near future. And, while you might have to use your imagination to picture the outdoor living space and landscaping, you can at least check under the snow to see if there’s any grass.

Take off your shoes. Homeowners selling their home during winter have to work extra hard to keep their house in top-notch condition, so the last thing they need is wet or muddy spots on the carpet, or footprints across their newly polished hardwoods. Be sure to respect the seller by removing your shoes immediately upon entering the home.

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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