, dave chomitz
, real estate
Northumberland Real Estate
Going 12 Months
At the Northumberland Home Values Group we like inspections and we see buyers purchase homes, property, condos – really any kind of real estate throughout the year. And it’s happening all over Northumberland, Cobourg, Port Hope, Grafton and Colborne. But also in the townships -Hamilton, Alnwick Haldimand and Hope.
Some people buy their home in the Spring, which is usually a strong market. Some people look for real estate in the Summer and Fall months. But we have also helped a significant number of families both buy and sell homes and real estate during the Winter months.
As Northumberland Home Values Group realtors we always tell our buyers there are some things to be aware of when purchasing a home in the Winter anywhere in Northumberland County.
First – we suggest a Home Inspection
A home inspection can and should be performed in Winter. Snow and ice do present
challenges, but they also present opportunities to see things that are more difficult to detect in
summer months. A Winter home inspection can help homeowners avoid more serious damages
when warmer temperatures arrive.
One advantage of a home inspection in cold weather months is that it is easier to detect drafts
and lack of insulation. During the summer months, attics can reach temps of 120+ making it
difficult to detect areas of concern. In the winter, it’s obvious where there are cold spots or
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With the snow packed on the roof, it can be an opportunity for the home inspector to see and check
the framing (how things are holding up under that extra weight). Furthmore in the attic, are all the venting pipes connected properly, with no visible signs of moisture and condensation.
Fireplaces and chimneys also present an opportunity for inspection. Most things inside can be inspected as usual: like plumbing,especially connections that might have froze and cracked, electrical wiring, appliances, water pressure.
How are the windows? Is there a lot of condensation around them? What about doors, are they drafty?
Those things are hard to detect in the Summer, but Winter is a great time to spot them.
Some of the places where the snow and cold temperatures make it impossible to inspect are: roof, AC unit and drainage where there is a lot of snow. So, yes, Northumberland Home Values Group realtors think a Winter home inspection can be very beneficial to you as a buyer