What to Look for when House Hunting during Winter

Did you know we recommend a slightly different approach for house hunting in winter versus summer? In a city like Montreal, the seasons are an important factor to consider!

The biggest difference is that during the winter months, we start to lose daylight at around 4:30, and even 4:00 depending on the time of year. This poses a bit of an issue because most people only finish work around 5:00 or 5:30.

When we’re visiting homes on weekday evenings, it’s difficult to paint a complete picture of the property. During these visits, we’re going in to assess the interior of the home and do a quick scan of the exterior of the property with flashlights on our phones. 

However, seeing the place during daylight is super important. So, if you’re serious about a certain property, we strongly suggest making an effort to run out there during the day, whether that’s during your lunch break or on the weekend – even if it’s not with your broker at that point.

You’ll want to take a quick walk around the outside so you can detect any potential issues, and it’s always nice to make sure that the home gets plenty of natural light.

Bear in mind that house hunting in the winter means different features will also be covered in snow – backyards, balconies, the roof, and more. So you’ll need to be able to have a “vision” for those elements beyond what you see during your visit.

Have more questions about what to look for when house hunting? Our team is here to help. Reach out anytime and we’ll be happy to have a chat!

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