The summer can be a time for vacations, backyard barbecues — and buying a new home. Although you can buy a new home at any time of the year, and often be completely happy with your purchase, there are a number of advantages to completing this transaction during the summer months. While your schedule might not always allow you to hold off trying to buy a home until the weather is sunny, it's ideal to get into the market at this time of the year. Here are some reasons to shop in the summer.
Your Home Inspector Will Have An Easier Job
Shopping for a home in the summer gives your home inspector the highest probability of uncovering any issues that could cause you to avoid a house or only buy a house if you can get it for well below the asking price. In the winter, home inspections can be a challenge. For example, the inspector won't be able to check the condition of the roof if there are several inches of snow sitting on it, nor will he or she be able to look at the foundation to assess its condition. During the summer months, these jobs and other similar tasks are easy to perform.
You'll Have A Easier Time Assessing The Yard
Viewing a home during the summer gives you a chance to get outside and see how the yard looks. In the winter, you'll have a difficult time assessing the look of the yard — things like the lawn, gardens, plants, and more. While the condition of the yard might not make or break a sale, you'll feel much better submitting an offer if you have a clear picture of how the elements outside the home look, and this is easiest to do in the summer.
Things Will Tilt In Your Favor
It can be a smart financial move to shop for a home during the summer months. Given that many people list their homes around this time of the year, you'll have more choices when you begin searching for a house. This means that you should be able to find the house to suit your needs more quickly, which is ideal if you're working under a tight schedule. Additionally, the presence of a lot of homes on the market means that some sellers may lower their asking prices to make their listings stand out. This can help you get a favorable deal, all thanks to the time of the year.