Are you thinking about moving? Many buyers decide they want to wait for the spring because it’s an easier time to move. However, while it’s true you may not have to deal with moving in the cold, there are a number of advantaging to planning your move in the winter instead of waiting for late March or April. In fact, if you really want to get a good deal on a home, now’s the time to start looking at houses. Here are a few of the reasons why you shouldn’t wait until the spring to move.
Most People Are Waiting Until the Spring
Because most people do wait until the spring to start looking at homes, you can get the jump on them now. There are still houses on the market, although the winter months do generally see a smaller number of properties for sale than other seasons. However, because fewer buyers are out there, you can often put in an offer on a home and have little competition. If you wait until the spring to start house shopping, you may find that other potential buyers are securing the homes you want or are coming in with better offers, leaving you unable to buy the house you really want.
Real estate agents also often have more time to devote to clients during the winter. That’s not to say they won’t be there for you in the spring, of course. However, since there are fewer buyers during the colder months, your agent may have more open slots in their schedule and can spend more time with you.
Interest Rates Are Lower
Another reason why buying in the winter may be better than waiting until spring is that you can take advantage of lower interest rates. It’s possible that interest rates will rise by an entire point or more by April. If you want to secure a lower interest rate, there’s no time like the present to buy. The lower your rate, the lower your payment, so it can certainly be worth moving now.
You Won’t be Distracted by the Greenery
In central Virginia, the spring and summer months bring forward some amazing trees, bushes, flowers, and other greenery. This landscaping looks amazing, but it can also be distracting. You may find your eyes being attracted to the brightly colored flowers or large trees instead of noticing the state of the homes on the street.
In the winter, there is no vegetation to hide anything. You’ll be able to get a really good sense of what your new street and neighborhood truly look like. You can carefully inspect the home without trying to get around bushes or any other growing vegetation. You’ll also be able to see if there are any limbs hanging over the roof or that appear to be rotten.
Are you ready to purchase a new home? If so, why wait until the spring? Start your house hunt now. Who knows, you may find your dream house and be comfortably moved by April.