“Home inspectors work year around,” Kaiser said. “And while snow can pose huge problems, a home inspection in the middle of winter is not a waste of time or money.”
Kaiser said each season teaches consumers something important about the house they are thinking of buying. And while there may be flaws not visible because of the snow, winter provides a great opportunity to see problems and complications that may not be as noticeable in other seasons.
“To look at the roof, we can brush off snow to take a look,” Kaiser said. “While the landscaping might be covered, that won't affect our ability to look at the inside of your potential home.”
While limitations may exist, like testing the air conditioning, this is no worse than trying to test the heating system in the summer, Kaiser said. “While working around the snow can be difficult, we can still do it,” Kaiser said. “It's like trying to work during a heavy rainstorm.”
If the air conditioning system can't be accurately tested, then homeowners should be able to account for it in their home purchase contract. “Home buyers can ask their attorney to see if the contract can be revised so the seller can cover any issues with the air conditioning when the cooler months come around,” Kaiser said.
Kaiser recommended to try to have the home inspector come as early as possible. He said it's best to not have the home inspector come after dark because home buyers will want to have him or her inspect the entire property's exterior and interior spaces. “Daylight, especially in the winter, makes the inspection much easier,” Kaiser said.
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AmeriSpec Home Inspection is a Minneapolis home inspection agency that offers home and property inspections, thermal imaging, radon testing and more. Serving the Twin Cities, Minn. metro and Western Wisconsin. Online at http://www.amerispechome.com.