Let's go see that refrigerator!

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

Nope. I do not sell appliances as a second job. We are not talking about the latest model fridge. I am talking about vacant homes for sale in the winter. Brrr. An unheated home in the winter just soaks in the cold and can be many degrees colder inside than out.

They are like big refrigerators. I have been in many vacant homes in the winter where I could see my breath. So, if you are out looking at homes in the winter and the day dawns bright and warm, you may still need to dress warmly. I hate to see buyers leave a home quickly because it was so cold they could not stay long enough to get a feel for the home.

I have had sellers ask me in the past if it was OK to turn off the utilities for their home while being shown. The answer is always no. First of all, it gets dark earlier in the winter and your home will not show well without lights. If we have really cold weather, your pipes could freeze without heat. You can set the temperature pretty low, but at least it will keep the pipes and potential buyers from freezing.

So, remember to dress in layers when looking for a home this winter. Not every home you go look at will have soft music playing, all the lights on, and be nice and toasty when you arrive!

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545



I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.


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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Turning off heat in a home does more damage than good, dampness creaps in, pipes can freeze and who knows what else.

Nov 12, 2013 11:10 PM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Even when I managed properties and had lots of vacant suites, the heat was on in the winter and the a/c was on in the summer.  Folks looking for a place to live need to be comfortable.

Nov 12, 2013 11:19 PM #2
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

David - Homes do not like to be ignored. It really will cause issues.

Roger - It just makes sense to me...

Nov 12, 2013 11:36 PM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Peter, A cold house is so hard to show. I dress for the weather and layer up. I can always take a layer off if it isn't needed.

Nov 13, 2013 12:09 AM #4
Harold Smith
Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices - Acworth, GA

I don't think buyers really get the feel of a house when they are freezing their  you know what off.

Nov 13, 2013 01:16 AM #5
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Debbie - So do I, but the buyers don't always do this!

Harold - Another weight loss plan?

Nov 13, 2013 02:34 AM #6
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

If Sellers INSIST on turning the electric and water off, I give them a listing cancellation to sign. 

Nov 13, 2013 06:01 AM #7
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