The real estate winter challenges when showing homes
We might not have the Post office motto, but real estate professionals probably come in a close second.
Although the weather outside is frightful, unlike last year buyers are out looking at homes. These are serious buyers, who else would go out in this weather to look at homes? Yet there are many real estate challeges in the winter in the Northeast.
After a recent snowstorm I had several requests for showing. I drove by one of my listings and was delighted to see that the long driveway had been cleaned.
I couldn’t help reflecting on the fact there are real estate challenges with winter showings.
Things seller should do to make a winter showing more pleasant and safe
- Clear the driveway
- Clean the path to the front door.
- When necessary have visitors access the home through the garage.
- Remove hanging icicles to avoid accidents.
- Provide shoe covers to avoid the tracking of salt and snow into the house.
- If you have a fireplace, start a fire to add to the ambiance.
- If you consider your drive and path unsafe do not approve a showing.
- Pay close attention to the weather reports. Taking unnecessary risk to see a home is not worth it.
- Make sure your car is ready for winter weather, and there is an emergency kit in the trunk.
- Wear layers of clothing.
- Most of all wear appropriate footwear. This brought back memories of my first winter in the Northeast, I had my boots, fashionable but impractical. No wonder I kept disappearing into the snow.
- The listing agent need to be in touch with the seller to make sure the property is safe for showing. This requires more co-ordination this time of year, since the weather can deteriorate rather quickly.
- If the property is vacant this is even more challenging. The seller might have arrangement in place for plowing, however it might not be done in a timely fashion.
- A buyer’s agent should check the weather, touch base with the listing agent and then advise the client, especially if the client is coming from a distance.
- Buyer’s agent also need to have emergency kit, and shoe covering just in case the seller fail to have some on hand. Client having a hard time removing their shoes will appreciate this.
Finding a home in the winter is doable especially with good planning. If you would like assistance finding a home contact Jennifer Fivelsdal of JFIVE Homes Realty LLC
Originally posted at : The Challenges of showing homes in the winter