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By Michelle Green | Agent in Parma, OH

House Hunting In The Winter

Looking to buy a home in the cold, snowy months of the winter can sometimes seam like a huge pain, however this does give you an opportunity to look for some things you otherwise wouldn't get to in the warmer months. Here are some things to make sure you look for...

How is the condition of the roads in the neighborhood of interest?  Have they been plowed, are they easy to access with winter weather conditions. Be aware of the neighbor's homes, do they take care of clearing their drive way and walkways.

Looking at the exterior of the house that your viewing, are there huge icicles hanging of the gutters and peaks of the roof? If you see this, it is a good indication that there may be a good amount of heat escaping the home. Be sure to look at the windows, doors and gutters for condition and tight seals. Are there drafts of cold coming in? If so you know there is, defiantly some maintenance that will need to be done to make the home more energy efficient.

Inside the home look closely in the attic for condensation, water stains or current wet spots on the inside of the roof, also look for daylight coming in around the chimney flashing as well as other areas. Make sure you look closely in the basement as well at all of the exterior walls and windows. You are looking to make sure the walls are dry and without water stains or any indication of mold or moisture.

These are just a few advantages to viewing homes in the winter months. I hope this is helpful and good luck with your search.

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