Have plans to buy a home in the Greater Boston area? Well, most people will tell you that the time of year is important when looking to purchase a home. Getting a house during spring is inherently easier because there are many houses up for sale in the market. However, buying a home during winter is a different case.
Say you missed out on buying your dream home in the spring and are still looking for one in winter; all hope is not lost. The winter season might prove to be a promising time under the right circumstances. However there are some specific things to be on the look out for. The tips below will ensure you're well prepared to buy the perfect home during the cold season.
1. Don't Start Too Low
The prevailing thought for most buyers is that sellers want to get rid of their houses quickly during winter. In fact, not all of them are desperate. Many serious sellers aren't swayed by seasons and will likely hold onto their property until the right bid comes. They are more likely to take offense if your starting price is too low, and some might not even make you a counteroffer.
Therefore, it is wise to remember that offering a reasonable starting price for the house is the best way to go.
2. Envision the House in Spring
Snow will have covered the driveway, walkways, and pavements in the winter. That's why it's a wise idea to envision the house in the spring. After all, it won't be winter forever. When you do that, you ensure you get a home that will still look beautiful even with the sun on top.
It's also important to ensure the seller shows you the lawn, whether covered in snow or not. Another way to do this is to look up the house online, check the Google Maps pictures, or ask the owner for photos taken during spring. That will give you a clear picture of how the home looks in the warmer months.
3. Don't Ignore Specific Faulty Features
Look for features that might be damaged or blown out. Winter home buying is full of unwanted surprises. Taking the time to inspect the air conditioning, the pools, plumbing, or other features will protect you against any future issues.
With the added difficulty of noticing these features, it's sometimes wise to have some money in savings before purchasing the house, in case you miss some faults because of the weather.
4. Do Your Homework
No one wants to be out in the cold while everyone is nestled inside their houses sipping some warm coffee. That's why you need to go out of your way and do some homework beforehand. What this means is researching the neighborhood online before going out to check it. Maybe you might learn one or two things about your prospective area, for instance, the community there, or even the outdoor amenities it has to offer. That will help you minimize going out in the cold.
5. Get a Knowledgeable Real Estate Agent
Whether you want a house on the beachfront or a unique luxury suburban home, there is only one place to begin, and that's with a professional real estate agent. A property expert understands the market and is best placed to help you get the ideal home for you within the shortest time.
There's a lot to consider when purchasing a home during winter, but you can still get the perfect home during this time of the year with help from a knowledgeable agent. Contact Barrett Sotheby's International Realty today to learn more about how we can help you find your dream home this winter.