Finally, after very low inventory, buyers are getting some more choices. It’s a great time to be buying a home because interest rates are still low, the inventory is increasing, and let’s face it, buying now means you won’t be moving in the Minnesota winter!
While it’s a good time to buy, it’s never a good time to be careless about your purchase. A home is a large investment, and buyers need to be sure they’ll love it in good times and bad. Certain negative qualities can be revealed during a showing that’s timed appropriately. Being mindful of when you visit a home can help you notice or fulling understand potential pitfalls of living there.
Seeing a house in the middle of the afternoon a weekend might be convenient, but it’s not necessarily going to give you a good sense of the the amount of traffic you’d be dealing with living there. If you’re concerned about the amount of traffic, plan a visit for peak traffic times.
If you’re concerned about train tracks a quarter mile away will leave you waking up in the night to a shaking house, try to be at the property when trains are passing through.
Nothing brightens up a home like mid-morning sunshine, but if you’re concerned about the lighting situation in the home, visit it at night or on a gloomy day. In fact, it’s a good idea to see any home you’re considering buying at different times of the day. You don’t want to miss flaws in the dark, and lamps can’t always fix the dark corners or closets that may make you crazy.
Did that basement smell a little musty the first time through an otherwise perfect home? You might want to head back for a second viewing during a rainstorm. This one should be easy to coordinate with the Minnesota weather we’re having this year! Wetness in basements can cause major issues with homes, depending on what the problem is, you could ask sellers to fix it before you buy as long as you know it’s an issue.
You can learn a lot about any neighborhood by spending time in it on different days and at different times. You can learn how much noise comes from local businesses, any crazy smells, how much parking backs up during baseball games at local parks. You can also learn a lot about a house by visiting a different times and in different light.
Before you buy, you should see a home at it’s best and at it’s worse. What you’ll find out when viewing it at it’s worse are not things you want to wait to find out until after you buy.