Spring and summer are the seasons most associated with buying a home, but the real estate market is open to buyers in the fall. There’s less competition, because most people are focused on getting ready for the holidays. Sellers who are still in the market want to get settled before the holidays. It puts the buyer in a great position to negotiate. Home owners who had their home on the market all summer are ready to make a deal.
Fall is one of the best times to check maintenance areas. Here are some things you can look for when you’re house-hunting:
- Look for gutter drainage. If you can visit the home on a rainy day, that is ideal to get an idea of how the roofing system performs during inclement weather.
- Check the general upkeep of the yard. In the spring and summer, the yard can simply look good because everything is green. Fall is the ideal time to spot problem areas.
- With the cooler temperatures, it is much easier to check both the furnace and the air conditioner. You might be able to feel drafts much easier in the fall than you can in the spring.
- Check where leaves are building up around the home and on the roof. These areas might have more damage because insects and rodents can hide under the piles of leaves.
Buying a Home in the Fall Can Be Safer
Although most people believe that the prime time for burglars is during the holidays, it’s actually in the spring and summer. When you purchase your home in the fall, you have time to prepare for those months by getting to know your neighbors and installing security equipment as you see fit.
Your Realtor Has More Time for You
Most families want to move before the school year starts in August or September. This frees up your realtor to have more time with you. When you are ready to make an offer, your agent can put it in quickly to position you to get a good deal without much competition.
If you’re shopping for a home this fall, let our team help you find the home of your dreams in Philadelphia. We are more than a listing service. We have many resources to help you buy the home that fits your needs and budget. Get a personalized home search through our website and contact us for more information.
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