It’s pouring in the New River Valley today, just a long, steady rain. The ground is soaked, there’s pooling water everywhere, and by 8am I’d already received a text from a client asking who to call regarding a roof leak at the home they purchased earlier in the year. It’s the kind of day you just want to curl up and Netflix-binge.
Except today is the perfect day to see a house. Given the circumstances, it seemed like the perfect time to repost this from 2010, one of the most popular posts on NRVLiving.com.
In my opinion, there’s no better time to see a house than when it’s raining. Now, I don’t mean it has to be The Flood 2 or anything, but a nice steady rain is a good time to see a house, and I said so on Twitter. At the very next house, my rationale was explained – we walked into the basement to find standing water, a squeegee, and everything stored off the floor on portable plastic shelving.
See, rain isn’t always a bad thing! While getting in and out of cars and traipsing through a house might not be your idea of a great time, if you really want to get a close look at a house, I’ve found that seeing it when it’s raining can often be helpful. Most of the time it’s not quite as serious as a swimming pool in the basement; sometimes it’s as simple as a window seal that’s showing condensation that might not otherwise be there during a dry time, or standing water in poor-draining sections of a backyard.
So next time you want to take a really good look at a house, let me know; I’ll bring the waders. But so we’re clear, I also like looking at houses when it’s sunny, too.
Thanks to Roger for the picture.
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