It’s Sunday morning.
You’re scheduled to go out and see houses later on with your real estate agent. But it’s nasty outside. It’s beyond pouring. You can’t even imagine walking from the car into a house. You’d rather just cancel the appointment and hang inside, maybe watch some TV.
You can always go see the house next weekend.
But should you wait for next weekend?
Should you even wait to go see houses only during the weekend?
There are five weekdays you can go see houses. Is there a better day than a Sunday?
What if someone else scoops up the house before you end up getting out to see it? Right?
Sure. Totally a possibility. And, totally a reason to motivate and go see that house today in the rain.
But that’s not the point of this article. The point is that the best day to see a house is not necessarily Sunday. It’s also necessarily not Sunday.
The best day to go see a house is when it’s raining. Even better if it’s raining heavily. And it’s best if it’s been raining for a few days straight.
It’s the future. You skipped going to see the house in the rain, but you ended up buying it eventually. Of course you had a home inspection done on the house during the process. But that was a sunny day, and it hadn’t rained in some time.
Then, after you’ve lived in the house for a while, you start to notice a drip in the ceiling. Or some dampness in the basement. Or worse, actual water on the basement floor.
You’d probably be pretty upset. You’d feel like the owner should’ve disclosed it. You feel like there’s no way they didn’t know this was a problem. And you’d probably be right. But good luck proving it!
Then you think, one of the real estate agents should have either noticed the issue or knew about it and hid it. But, there’s a good chance that the agents truly didn’t have knowledge of it. And frankly, unless the real estate agents are told about an issue, they aren’t qualified to assess issues that a qualified home inspector should pick up on.
Ahhhh…the home inspector. The home inspector should pick up on it! That’s who to blame and go after.
Most likely they would pick up on water-related issues. There is usually some sort of evidence they can see.
But sometimes these types of problems aren’t all that obvious. Especially if the inspector is looking through the house after there has been dry weather for some time.
It’s easy to try and place blame, with consequences on others when something goes wrong.
The true enemy, though, is water.
So much damage can be done to a house due to water…
- From the roof.
- To the gutters.
- To the windows.
- The basement.
- And even the landscaping and driveway can be affected by water-related issues.
It’s best to take advantage of the moments in the buying process where you can face your potential enemy head on…on a rainy day.
You can save yourself a lot of time, money, and aggravation by seeing a house in the rain. If there are problems, they should show up on a rainy day. That doesn’t mean there won’t be in the future, of course.
That also doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the house of your dreams if there are some water-related problems. But at least, go forward knowing what you’re dealing with, and ideally getting the owner to own up to and fix any issues before you close on the house. Because once you close on the house, those problems are now yours!
So, if you wake up and see rain on a day and you’re scheduled to go see a house, don’t cancel. Go!
Obviously, you can’t guarantee it will rain every time you go see houses, or on the day you do a home inspection. It would be impossible to find and purchase a house if you only looked and inspected homes on rainy days. So don’t get too hung up on it.
But if the opportunity arises, certainly don’t overlook the benefits of getting out to see houses in the rain.
A rainy day can be the best day to go see a house.
I am a 29 year seasoned Realtor serving the Manchester NH real estate community. Named in Barrons Business review, America's Best Agents, National Association of Realtors as a top producing local realtor. A professional leader in the community and speaker. My goal is to always be a positive influence and motivator on this journey of life.