Buying a house in winter: everything you need to know

Is buying a house in winter a good or bad idea? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

Waiting until winter to buy a property can be a good strategy to take advantage of a “quieter” real estate market than in high season. However, the market is particularly buoyant at the moment, and that can be a game-changer! Here are a few things to bear in mind when buying a home in winter.

Less competition, but better prepared buyers

The winter period, especially early winter, is considered the least active time of the year. This means there are fewer homes for sale, but also fewer buyers.

Finally, in winter, buyers are more determined and don’t usually visit homes out of curiosity. They’re willing to brave the cold and snow to find the home of their dreams.

Use winter to create a warm atmosphere

For sellers, the vacation season is the ideal time to spruce up the house and make it even more attractive to buyers. Take the opportunity to light candles and the fireplace, decorate the house and create a warm atmosphere! The first 3 minutes are the most important for a buyer, so they need to feel comfortable as soon as they walk through the door.

The inspection: an essential step!

An inspection is very important, whether in summer or winter. In winter, electrical and heating systems, as well as door and window sealing, are put to the test. That’s why it’s important to carry out a pre-purchase inspection.

What’s more, with the snow piling up, you’ll be able to see if there are any infiltration or insulation problems. Finally, in winter, certain areas may be inaccessible, such as balconies and terraces. The inspector can therefore recommend a check-up when the weather turns cold.