If you know that you want to purchase a new home, don't wait until spring rolls back around to start house hunting. Look for a house this winter instead. No, you will not be able to see how the houses you are interested in look in the spring and summer when their yards are in full bloom. When you look at a home during the winter time, be sure to focus on the structural strength of the outside of the home and how the home feels when you are inside.
#1 Look At The Outside Structural Details
In the spring and summer months, it can be easy to get distracted by the curb appeal of the home. All of those flowers in bloom can make even a drab house look nice and shiny in the summer sun. In the winter, you may not be able to see the houses you are interested in all of their summer glory, but that also means you are more likely to pay attention to the structure of the home.
Instead of focusing on the landscaping outside, look at the important outside details. Is the siding in good shape? Is it loose or falling off? Are the downspouts working properly? Does water drain correctly or pool up around the house? Look at the structural details of the outside of the house instead of how many petunias are blooming in the yard.
#2 Pay Attention To How The Home Feels
Next, when you shop for a home in the winter time, you may not get to see the home washed in natural sunlight. However, you do get to see what the home looks like when you are really living in the home throughout the year. Pay attention to how the home feels inside. Does it have good lighting? Do you like how the floors feel? How warm is the house?
If there are things that you don't like about how the home feels inside, be sure to price out how much it would cost you to change those things. For example, if you like the layout and feel of the home, but it just needs some more lights, can you afford to install more lights and still purchase the home? If a home feels right inside, and you can see yourself being cozy inside the home throughout the year, it can be worth it to make a few small improvements to the home once you purchase it.
When looking at homes in the winter, really look at the structural details and try to imagine how you would feel living in the home. In the winter, without the distraction of pretty flowers outside and natural light inside, you can really focus on the structure and feel of the home and find a home that feels like the right fit for you. To learn more, contact a real estate agent.