Is it a Good Idea to List a Home when the Temperatures will be Near Zero?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

In Denver, I always watch the weather when I have a listing coming on the market.    This weekend and early next week we have a DEEP FREEZE plus snow rolling into the Denver metro area.  I woke this morning to hear it is only 10 degrees outdoors.  This weekend the highs will be in the teens, and expecting negative numbers overnight.

 

When you have a vacant listing, and there is snow, you need to be sure to have someone shovel for the showings.   Also, keep the heat on, if it is too cold in the listing, buyers won't stay.   If there is too much snow, some buyers will opt to miss out, rather than risk an accident racing to a listing in this type of weather.

 

There is a lot to think about when you have a new listing --- PHOTOS - taking these with full sun is optimum, but at least behind the house is good.  I have seen some dramatic photos with storm clouds hovering.    I know my photographer says don't worry about the interior photos when it is gray outdoors.   Sometimes these make the best photos inside!  If possible, I prefer NOT to have a foot of snow in the front yard, but in February, this is difficult to avoid at times!  

 

 

Comments (20)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Joan Cox - that is something to consider.  The weather can create affect the showing but worse cause an accident.

Feb 09, 2021 06:03 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, it will be REALLY cold here over the weekend, and wonder how many agents will wait until the next weekend, or just put a new listing on.

Feb 09, 2021 06:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I wish I had an answer for you, Joan. All I know is I'm happy not to have these problems to contend with! :) Here a dusting of snow would keep people home (and I mean a dusting). Because of our climate I never take pictures when it's raining or God-forbid, there's a dusting of snow.

Feb 09, 2021 06:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina Hollander my agent has a new listing coming on tomorrow, and one in my neighborhood starts showing on Friday, and no temps above 20.....   BRRRR

Feb 09, 2021 06:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Joan Cox as I always say... better you than me! I think it's freezing when the temps here drop to 45!

Feb 09, 2021 06:20 AM
Joan Cox

Nina Hollander it is almost too cold for me too, time to stay in!

Feb 09, 2021 06:51 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joan - I can't say snow has ever entered my mind when in comes to selling real estate.  A little bit of rain on a windshield is likely to prompt Storm Watch weather reports on television.  That said:  real buyers buy and real sellers sell.  And that seems to be every day.  At least somewhere.  

Feb 09, 2021 06:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael Jacobs guess that will be this weekend then!   

Feb 09, 2021 06:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Home sellers and their agents need to be well prepared for winter weather challenges.

I've seen too many homes that have been flooded after the water lines were frozen. I recall one that had ice flows from the front door and down the driveway.

Feb 09, 2021 07:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy Kelley I too have heard of homes flooded, and destroyed, but not as bad as ice down the driveway.  WOW!

Feb 09, 2021 07:26 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

In Florida we don't have that problem LOL, of course what does the listing agreement say? I use slow time or bad weather time to prepare a home for the market. But I put all listings in on a Wednesday and try to be under contract with in 10 days, with coming soon banners, two weekend open houses, and a brokers open house with the market so hot it is a no brainer. 

Feb 09, 2021 07:37 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Joan Cox I am so grateful not to have to list and sell homes in subzero weather

Feb 09, 2021 07:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Charles Stallions Real Estate Services we are seeing homes come on the market on Wednesday or Thursday and some within a day, some wait until Sunday to accept offers.

Feb 09, 2021 07:52 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rocky Dickerson I just wonder with temps so low this weekend, how many buyers will pass on viewing homes.   We are not this cold for long, thankfully.

Feb 09, 2021 07:53 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

In our Marketplace there is never a bad time to place your house and home on the active Market. Inventories are just too low to miss out on a qualified buyer Joan Cox 

Feb 09, 2021 10:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Paul, I hope that is the case here too, and buyers don't pass due to the weather!

Feb 09, 2021 02:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joan- there are definitely things to consider if the temperatures start to drop or if there is snow on the ground.  The sidewalks have to be cleared and the heat on in the home. 

Feb 09, 2021 08:03 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that I never have to worry about it being that cold outside, although if it is raining here photography will have to be rescheduled, haha.

Feb 10, 2021 04:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, my agent has a new listing coming on today, so hope buyers get in before Saturday and Sunday when it is to be so cold! 

Feb 10, 2021 06:04 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Brian England we have to reschedule during rain too.   If it is snowing, it kind of makes for a pretty picture.  

Feb 10, 2021 06:04 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

We don't have snow here, but I do know that more people come out to view a home when the weather is sunny and bright.  Not so much in rain. 

Feb 25, 2021 11:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is the same sentiment when it snows here, and sub-zero temps!  

Feb 25, 2021 11:20 AM

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