Looking at Houses in the Rain Can Show Defects

Real Estate Broker/Owner with M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. BK629999

Looking at Houses in the Rain Can Reveal DefectsThe afternoons have been filled with heavy rainstorms around here lately.  We have being having storms with heavy thunder and lightning. Often we find the lights flickering off and on.

Yesterday, I got a call from one of my sellers letting me know that the Realtor coming to see her house had not shown up for their 2:30 showing appointment. My seller likes to leave when potential buyers arrive. “Do you think they’re still coming, with all of the rain we’re having?” “I hope so,” I told her. I would find out.

I like showing houses after a storm. (Provided the roads aren’t flooded and I am not subjecting my clients to dangerous conditions.) It can be very telling.

In looking at houses in the rain, I've seen a house where the back patio was completely underwater and it was an inch from coming into the house.

 -A living room ceiling that was leaking in several places.

-A front yard that looked more like a swimming pool than a yard.

-And neighborhood streets that were barely passable by SUV.

Flooding, standing water and leaks are things a buyer may not have been aware of had they not seen a house or neighborhood in or after the rains.

When thinking of buying a house, buyers should take a drive by the house after a big storm, if possible. ( I realize this isn’t always feasible). Drive through the neighborhood.  Is there standing water? Where? How much? How fast is the water dissipating? Was it a 'typical' storm that just passed through? You may not like what you see. But, in the long run, it may save you money and heartache. 




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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sandy- I remember looking at one of our homes when it was raining heavily.  It certainly gave us a chance to see if the streets floodes as well. 

Dec 06, 2015 02:03 AM #1
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate Excellent point made in your post and oh so true. Just make sure the shoes come off!

Dec 06, 2015 08:04 AM #2
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Hey, Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate !  Rain is good as long as the lightening is absent...and its not cold...and the water does not have to be walked through...and....who am I kidding? Give me the sunshine!

Dec 17, 2015 02:12 AM #3
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Sandy, this is so true. Whenever a client balks at showings in the rain I remind them that it's a good opportunity for us to see how well the home "behaves" during a downpour. Good info you wouldn't know otherwise.

Jan 11, 2016 06:10 PM #4
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