Fall is in full swing in Georgia, and winter is not far off. We all know that house closings can be scheduled at anytime and they certainly won’t care what the weather is like outside. If you’re in the process of buying or selling a home, you don’t have to let cold weather put your life on hold. Phil and the entire team at ProTech Home and Property Inspections, Inc. want to let you in on a few reasons why winter weather can actually work in your favor during a home inspection.
Strength and Integrity
Any extreme weather conditions are going to put stress on the framing and foundation of a house. Whether it be heavy rainfall, freezing temperatures, snow, or ice, there is going to be extra weight and strain on the house. This gives home inspectors a chance to look at how strong the property actually is, and if there are any foreseeable issues in the future.
Another advantage of a home inspection in cold weather months is that it is easier to detect drafts and insulation failures. During the summer months, attics can reach temps of 120+ degrees, making it difficult to detect areas of concern. However, in the winter, it’s obvious where there are cold spots or drafts coming from attics, doorways, or crawlspaces.
This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but the best time to tests a home’s heating system is in the winter. Since the heat will usually be on, you can make sure that the temperature is balanced around the home. Unlike summer, you will be able to tell which areas of the home are cold. An inspector will also be able to check for carbon monoxide leaks and let you know if the system needs major repairs or replacement, or if you just need an HVAC system cleaning.
While a fall or winter home inspection may make some aspects more complicated, it’s important to recognize that every season affects homes differently. Cold weather allows inspectors to look at flaws and concerns that wouldn’t present themselves during other times of the year. To make an appointment with the ProTech team, contact us today at (770) 277-5655 or schedule an inspection online.