Do You Show Homes On Bad Weather Days?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Snow In Face DogThere can be much disagreement to the question of

Do You Show Homes On Bad Weather Days?

I think common sense comes into play in the end, and often I tell buyers IT IS JUST WEATHER. We do have jackets and umbrellas and gloves and obviously we are not traipsing out in tornadoes, lightning type thunderstorms and heavy winds and extreme downpours. But often you can ride it out. An hour morning downpour can be spent in the coffee shop waiting for it to pass. It seems getting a good handle on the forecast of storms departing or approaching is a wise measure to take. Thinking of looking at the outside of the home with mud from downpours is not a good idea, but if you don't GET OUT there and tolerate it unless you live in perpetual sunshine Arizona you are not looking at the product. Consideration for taking the elderly and kids along has to be factored in.

Too many clients and agents I think FEAR weather and not perfect showing days. It actually is more an adventure.

What is your tolerance for bad weather looking at houses? Go for it within reason, or avoid it till better days ahead?


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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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I wish we would have some bad weather we need rain, sleet, snow anything wet!  Yes sir, you bet I'd show homes in bad weather! 

Mar 04, 2013 01:26 AM #1
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

If I can't show home for bad weather; I would only show houses two months of the year. That would be a poor business decision in Washington State... 

Mar 04, 2013 01:32 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Fortunately, for us in Sacramento, it's very rare to have bad weather. It doesn't snow. The rain is often very light when it rains. We have one maybe two hard rainstorms a year. I still hold open houses in the rain because there's nothing else for buyers to do on a rainy day except wander about open houses. :)

Mar 04, 2013 01:51 AM #3
Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

Ha! Funny that I'm reading this the day before what's supposed to be another bad snowstorm here -- another 6-10 inches on the way with blowing and drifting. On days like that, it is not worth it to go looking at houses when driving and visibility are so poor. (This is a somewhat rural area.) However, rain and light to moderate snowfalls are a different story.

Mar 04, 2013 01:53 AM #4
Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

I am on the side of Peggy with this one ... being in Denver ... no sense in getting out into a snow storm to show a home.  I believe the client does not need to get out in the bad weather, either. 

Mar 04, 2013 02:02 AM #6
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


I'm fine with showing houses in most weather conditions, as long as it's safe.


Mar 04, 2013 05:29 AM #7
Marcia Hawken
Naples Luxury Specialist


Well, in Naples FL, the temperature plummets to 70 and we are good to go on open houses.  They cannot go to the beach and we absolutely salivate when we have rain or cool weather.  But a snowstorm, nah!

Mar 04, 2013 08:15 AM #8
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


My limit is don't show homes when the weather dips to 75 . . . . just kidding.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig


Mar 04, 2013 08:52 AM #9
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If I can do it safely and my client really wants to see it then...YES!

Mar 04, 2013 11:29 AM #10
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gary,

I think common sense must prevail.  I prefer to show a home after the storm rather than during the storm.  For example with rain, afterwards you get to see where the water is standing.   

Mar 04, 2013 03:43 PM #11
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