Every year right around the middle of Fall the weather can be pretty unpredictable here in Minnesota. It could be bright and sunny one day, and the next it could be blowing snow across the road with zero visibility. These seasonal changes can have quite an effect on the condition of your belongings! Depending on how prepared you are for the adverse conditions during these months, the weather can really have an effect on the condition of things like siding, shingles, and other items that you may have around your home.
***If you're looking for a new home during this time, there are some very important things to watch out for.***
Which type of heating unit is installed in the house?
Central air is great to have in a home for the efficiency, but the initial cost to install can be very expensive.
Electric hear is great at warming up a room, but the cost to run it is much higher than other alternatives.
Wood-burning stoves can be fairly cheap to run and maintain, but they do not produce nearly the volume of heat that the others do.
Are there any air leaks in the home?
Windows and doors are two of the mains areas effected by air leaks, so you want to make sure to check around those areas to see if you can feel chilled air. Check to make sure the seals are tight and hole free!
Look for damage to walls and ceilings to help make sure you're not paying to heat the outside!
Is the entrance and walking areas easily manageable to clear of snow and debris?
With the unpredictability of the weather in our area, we have to be prepared for very large amounts of snow and other items brought in by storms to be cleared from our sidewalks and walkways.
Would a snowblower be a worthwhile investment for the property? Or will a simple shovel work? Depending on how much you actually have to clear off, it could be wise to spend the money to save your back using a snowblower! Hours of shoveling can be much harder on the body than some people realize!
If the house is in an area that doesn't have much for wind protection from trees or other homes, having a fence installed can be very useful to help keep your walking paths clear if the home does not already have one.
Finding a home during the winter months can be a great thing, because you can identify problems that a home may have only during the harshest season of them all! Knowing a little bit of what to look for is helpful, and keeps you one step ahead of the game during your time finding a new home!
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