What To Expect at a Winter Home Inspection

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeBuyer Brokerage

Home inspections are a challenge during the winter. 

Home buyers should have a thorough home inspection regardless of the time of year. But in the winter months, home inspectors work around the ice, snow, and slippery conditions.


On the podcast, Listen Up Home Buyers! Glenn Grutta, the owner of Vector Home Inspections in Massachusetts walks us through a winter home inspection. 

:33 One of the biggest challenges to doing a home inspection in winter is getting to the property to do the inspection

:52 when snow is on the ground, how do you evaluate the perimeter of the home?

1:20 start with the interior of the house to keep the property neater

2:00 snow on the roof limits the visual but there are clues

2:15 lines on the roof indicate heat loss in the home

2:45 the lines you see on the roof are the actual rafters

This indicates the need for better insulation

3:13 icicles and ice dams on a house

3:38 ice dams are often associated with water in the house but that’s not the entire story

4:15 in the attic, look at the nails in the roof for signs of heat loss

4:40 in the winter the inspector spends more time in the attic so evaluate the roof

5:00 newer homes have better insulation than old houses and are less likely to have ice dams

6:08 heat cables, what are they?

7:13 advice for homeowners in the winter

7:50 look for pipes exposed to the weather

8:03 what to do with water pickets

8:30 plumbing on exterior walls, what to do

9:07 home ownership is doing visual maintenance

9:45 look for clues while doing an exterior walkthrough

10:04 most homes are not graded properly

You want a positive grade the dirt

11:03 remember water is your enemy as a homeowner or home buyer

11:39 create your own history in a home

12:30 weather patterns have changed and there is more water sitting on properties which can cause issues for the home.  

12:50 sit with a house before major remodeling projects

14:00 winter time is an opportunity to check the windows

14:32 make a list of your concerns and don’t be afraid to ask questions

15:03 as a home buyer, who inspects the house is your decision. Choose a home inspector who communicates well

15:45 interview your home inspector

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Victoria Lynne Henderson

Real estate broker and business owner of HomeBuyer Brokerage serving buyers in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Victoria was born in Washington D.C. and loves her hometown!

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Comments (4)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Victoria... fortunately that's not an issue in Charlotte. Checking an AC system is impossible if temperatures are low... but outside of that we inspect the same way all year round.

Dec 04, 2022 05:39 AM
Victoria Ray Henderson

Thanks for checking in Nina. In the Washington D.C. area, our inspections are unfazed by the weather the last few years. It's been warmer than usual

Dec 08, 2022 11:01 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Great information.  Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend, and here's a GOOD LUCK to your favorite NFL Team!

Dec 04, 2022 06:06 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Dec 05, 2022 04:15 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jan 22, 2023 07:23 AM