With summer right around the corner us Pacific Northwesterners are looking forward to longer days, warmer weather (less rain!) and more time spent outside. Summer nights spent grilling on the patio are what get us through the long winters so imagine the disappointment buyers feel when they are forced to bring their food inside due to mosquitos, bees and other pestering insects.
Buyers should consider the season they are purchasing in and issues they have throughout the year to make sure there are no surprises when the calendar changes to a new season.
For example, if you have allergies to specific types of trees and grass, calling in an expert botanist may be something to consider before making an offer to make sure none of the offending plants are located on or near the property.
Although traces of pests such snakes, spiders, or rats may be able to be picked up during an inspection, if you have specific medical issues with any of these it is best to call in an expert to determine if there is a problem and what can be done.
Prevalence of water on a property is another example of something that can change from season to season. In the spring, a cute creek may turn into something much more treacherous. Or a nice flat meadow in the summer may be a wet marshland in the spring.
Let’s not forget the impact of winter on homes on hills in terms of both snow and rain. If you love a hilltop view, make sure you are comfortable getting down that hill in the worst winter weather.
Of course, looking at utility bills is also a good idea to get a sense of how the home performs any season.
If you are thinking of making an offer, view the property with a critical seasonal eye. Make sure you ask your agent questions. Some questions may be answered by the seller, and some are better handled by an expert. But what is most important is you understand everything your new property will offer during the changing seasons.
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