Many people suspend their home search during the cold months, waiting for the spring thaw before selecting a home site. The truth is, there are some clear advantages in researching, visiting sites and purchasing in the winter.
The weather inside isn’t frightful.
90% of home site shoppers do the bulk of their research online, so weather is not an issue. Before information was so readily available on the internet, it was uncomfortable or even difficult to research land and lots, especially during the cold winter months.
Today, online tools can help a buyer to narrow their choices before braving the weather for a site visit.
Seeing a site in the winter gives a different perspective.
Even if you’ve researched a home site online, there is no substitute for an in-person site visit, even during the winter. In fact, it’s the ideal time to see the site from a different perspective and to get answers to some less common questions, like road maintenance.
Visiting at this time of year also gives you a fuller picture of how your home site looks during the winter. With fewer leaves on the trees, you have a less obstructed view of the site and may have a better plan for where to position your home.
Fewer homes are listed during the winter.
Many homeowners will wait until spring to list their home for sale, so there are fewer houses on the market during the winter.
Land and lots, however, are always available, and there may even be less competition for the home site of your dreams during these traditionally slower months.
New year, new start.
With the continued growth of the housing market, especially for newly-built homes, now is the time to get a jump on the 2018 building season. Plan now when builders and architects are more available. And early scheduling means you can start building as soon as weather permits, instead of just beginning your site visits.
The winter months can lessen our motivation to be outdoors, but it is also the perfect time to research a home site, see things from a new perspective and get a jump on where to build your new home.