Sound Off: How might El Nino, winter storms affect the market and open houses?
A: Open house traffic during rainy weather may be lighter than usual, but it’s a matter of quality over quantity. Heavy rains can discourage casual viewers from venturing out, but the most ardent, serious buyers will not be daunted.
Buyers can view rainy weather as an opportunity to see how the home performs. Look for signs of past or present leaks or dampness on ceilings, walls and floors. Is water pooling around patios, walkways and gutters? A well-built structure will funnel water away from the roofs, walls and foundation.
There’s nothing quite as uninviting as a cold, empty house on a rainy winter day, so I like to arrive a few minutes early before an open house or a showing appointment to turn on all the lights and make sure the thermostat is set at a comfortable temperature.
If there’s a gas fireplace, I prefer to turn it on. I make sure that the driveways and sidewalks are free of debris that may be a slipping hazard. It is also a good idea to provide a place near the entry where wet shoes can be either dried or removed. The result is a warm and inviting space, just like a home should be.