Though you may believe that having a home inspection done during the winter months is a waste of money and time, you couldn’t be more wrong. Each season brings the ability to see new things regarding the home and how it functions. Just as these seasons create new opportunities for inspection, they do also produce some disadvantages.
Winter months carry plenty of snow to states located in the northern part of the country. Snow cover, especially freshly fallen, can make it difficult to see the grading and the slope of land, as well as other such landscaping issues. However, many things are still visible, allowing the inspector to examine elements such as the properties well, septic, and roof. These tasks are of course much easier to accomplish during the summer months but are possible during winter as snow can be removed from the area of inspection.
In addition, winter can also make it hard to inspect the cooling system of the home; this is similar to how summer can make it difficult to inspect the heating system. For protection, it is always recommended that a buyer speak with a real estate agent and/or lawyer further concerning these issues.
Of course, weather issues most often affect only the elements located outside of the actual home, leaving the interior free for a full inspection. To make the process of a winter home inspection easier for both the homeowner and the inspector, it is recommended to schedule the appointment during daylight hours as well as during times of calm weather. It is also recommended to hire an inspector familiar and experience within your area.