Ok, I know, too obvious with the Game of Thrones crowd, and really, while it’s still technically Fall, it sure feels like winter! We got hit with the first snow storm of the year, and everyone is busy digging out. Right now it’s still a beautiful winter wonderland but what does the ice and cold mean for you as a home owner?
First time home owners may be hit with a surprise if they’ve been living in apartments or at mom’s house for a while! Whether you’re shovelling walkways and sidewalks, keeping down spouts clear or clearing your driveway with a snow blower, the winter months in Canada bring a lot of work to the diligent home owner.
The good neighbours can be separated from the bad pretty quickly when you see a big dumping of snow. You need to clear your sidewalk not just for yourself, but for the mobility of your neighbours, and try and be conscientious when distributing the snow.
If you didn’t get your house ready BEFORE the cold hit, as you watch the degrees go up on your thermostat, you may be thinking of some ways to reduce those heating bills. Get the drafts filled, close the curtains and cover those pots! (Follow the link, it will all make sense, I promise)
From a Real Estate perspective, December can be a slower month – many people are busy baking, shopping and visiting and not thinking of having to clean the house for showings, or clear out on the weekend for open houses. But there can be quite a few good reasons to shop for a house in the winter including less competition, lower prices and more flexible sellers!
If you are shopping for a home in the winter, and the yard is covered in snow be very careful where you step and don’t walk out into deep snow. If you’re selling, keep pathways clear and have photos of the yard in the warmer seasons so buyers don’t have any surprises when the snow melts. Turn the season into a positive, and make your home a welcome respite from the cold!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season, be safe and warm, spend time with those that are most important to you, eat, drink and be merry!