During the summer months, Louisiana can have its share of tropical rainstorms. It is not always a bad thing to view Lake Charles Homes for Sale in the rain!
Flood zones are always of concern for buyers in Southwest Louisiana. Many areas in Calcasieu Parish have overlapping flood zones and some areas of Lake Charles have been re-zoned with new FEMA Flood maps.
When viewing a property for sale during or soon after a hard rain, buyers can determine how the property drains and spot low lying areas. A few things to look for are:
- Low spots
- Standing Water
- Water that has seeped under the doors or windows
- Roof issues
- Ceiling drips or leaks
Open ditches can fill up quickly with hard rains and in the summer months Lake Charles homeowners can experience daily rains. Often times the water does not have time to drain off quickly before rain water accumulates again. By viewing a Lake Charles home for sale during or soon after a rain, buyers are able to check drainage issues.
Another concern of homeowners with standing water is the attraction of mosquitoes!
Tropical storms are frequent in Southwest Louisiana and if a named storm forms in the Gulf, real estate closings can be postponed.
If you are a Lake Charles Buyer searching for a home to purchase, do your research. You will want to verify the flood zones to determine if flood insurance is required with the property.
It is not a bad idea to view the property to address any drainage issues that are unseen on sunny days !