Things to do in Washington DC: Rain can be a home buyer's best friend

Rain can be a home buyer's best friend

This is a blog that every home buyer especially first time home buyers should read. This reminds me of a time we saw a house and my client loved. But they called me after it rained and said that they wanted to see it. Cut a long story short the house was flooded since the house was on a hill.

Oh yeah my buyers backed out of the deal and I was able to find them a house that they brought this year in January 2012/

Gutters Overflowing


Rain can be a home buyer's best friend

So here it is, Saturday morning and it's raining, it's raining HARD. I had scheduled several homes to show and the buyers are asking "should we cancel?". Absolutely not, this is by far the best weather a home buyer could wish for.

Why? Because water is a home's worst enemy. And if a home has any issues with water intrusion, the best time to find this out is during a really good rain storm.

See the gutter overflowing in the photo above? You wouldn't have seen this on a nice sunny day. Chances are the only problem is a clogged downspout, but there are other factors in play as well. See how the water is spilling down the wood lap siding? It's important that water run-off from gutters is directed away from the house.

Many homes in this area have crawl spaces underneath the house, basements are extremely rare. Somewhere in the house, usually in a bedroom closet, you'll find the entry to the crawlspace. Pull up the entry board and check below for ground moisture. The worst thing you can find is standing water. If this is the case, make sure an inspector verifies that all wood members are sound.

The ceiling should be checked thoroughly during or right after a storm. If there has been any recent water intrusion, water stains will be apparent especially near areas where flashing should exist. This would include ceiling areas near the fireplace, wood stove, vents (kitchen, bathroom, water heater, central heater), windows and sliders.

So yes ... Rain can be a home buyer's best friend, because water is a home's worst enemy.




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Cynthia Larsen
Broker/Owner - Safe Haven Realty

Sonoma County, California, USA
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Comment balloon 6 commentsLanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan • November 20 2012 02:13PM


I agree with you.  It is always a good idea to check out a home when it rains or has rained.  You can see alot during a time like that. 

Posted by Sandy Williams (eXp Realty, over 6 years ago

Excellent advice, Lanre.  Thanks for the re-blog.  A little far north we recommend looking at house after major snow storm.  Look for snow melt on roof ~ indicates heat loss.  Icicles means heat loss and possible water penetration.

Thanks for the re-blog.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I totally agree with you rain is a home buyer's best friend. I've shown plenty of homes in the rain. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 6 years ago

Thank you for the re-blog Lanre! Good luck with your house hunting this rainy season!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 6 years ago

Lanre   Arthur and I stopped by to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 6 years ago



The same thing happen to me with a client. Water damage was extensive enough for us to walk away.

Posted by Akil Walker (TriStar Realty) over 6 years ago