Minnesota has some cold weather but the show must go on. So what does a home inspector do when there’s snow and ice on the roof?
Winter is a great time to see how good your doors and windows work. The furnace will be keeping the home warm and should be quietly operating somewhere in your basement. Water, electric, heating and doors and windows can be determined to be operating properly at the time of the home inspection. Floors, walls and ceilings will all show the same regardless of the time of year.
What doesn’t get full attention would be the roof and driveway if they are snow covered. Inspectors can clear a small patch of roof and determine the condition of that area but careful inspectors will not climb on a slippery roof. The sidewalks and driveway can still be inspected but not as well as they can be inspected in the warmer months. Lawn and garden? No way.
Sidings, trim and exteriors will be inspected same as always but checking the air conditioner is out of the question. Did you know that operating an air conditioner below 60 degrees can permanently damage the unit? Yes, so we don’t mess with the AC.
Life goes on and Silvertree Inspections will always inspect regardless of temperature but a winter inspection is not going to be exactly like an inspection done in the warmer months.
Happy house hunting though because sometimes prices are less in the winter months and you may find the perfect home faster, easier and for a little less money when there’s snow on the ground.