For most real estate agents, a rainy day means no showings. It is after all uncomfortable for buyers messing with wet umbrellas and no agent likes to get drenched trying to open a lock box.
On the other hand, there is a huge upside. I love showing homes in the rain because you get to see many of the home’s systems in action. Here are some things to look for that are not revealed on a sunny day:
Is the roof leaking? As you walk through the home, be on the lookout for wet spots on the ceiling or walls, particularly around any skylights.
Are windowsills and tracks wet? If windows are not properly sealed water could seep in and collect in the window tracks or even the sills.
Is water pooling? Check the patio, driveway and landscape areas for water collecting and not draining. Hardscape and landscape should be graded so that water moves away from the house.
Are there functioning rain gutters? Rain gutters are designed to move all the water that falls on the roof away from the house and foundation. Ideally, the downspouts are connected to some type of drain system that will carry the water out to the street and storm drains.
Are there signs of erosion? Slopes should either be terraced or planted so that soil and rocks are not washing downhill.
Any signs of wind damage? Look for fences that might be leaning or branches that have come down. Large trees near the home could be a real danger unless properly trimmed and maintained.
So, if you or a friend are in the market for a great home in La Mesa, I’d love to show my latest listing…in the rain!
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