Why It’s Good to Perform a Home Inspection in Winter

Many homeowners wonder if a home inspection can be performed during the winter months, leading them to delay purchasing a home until springtime. The most common worry about a winter home inspection is that the inspector won’t be able to see the roof, and it is clear that no home inspector will be climbing onto a snow-covered roof or removing snow to get a better look. While the condition of some things, like the roof, shingles or A/C system, may be more difficult to evaluate in winter, each season can tell you something important about the house you are planning to purchase, or about your own home. As is often the case, the advantages balance out the negatives. Let’s look at the advantages.

Ventilation

It is easy to spot condensation on windows in the winter. Condensation can indicate higher than normal levels of humidity in a home. This may not be a big concern if the condensation appears on windows in the bathroom after a shower or in the kitchen, however, condensation can mean that there is a problem with ventilation in a home.

Heat Loss

Evaluating the efficiency of a furnace is also much easier in a home inspection during the winter months. As the heating system will usually be on, an inspector can make sure the temperature is balanced in the home. By simply walking around a home, chilly areas can be easily noticed.

The same applies to attics. It can be difficult to detect issues in the summer when the temperatures in an attic can get really hot. In winter, cold spots are easier to detect.

Roof

As we mentioned, snow on a roof can prevent an inspector from evaluating the condition of roof shingles, but that situation gives him or her the opportunity to examine how the framing may be holding up under the weight of the snow.

Also, with snow across a roof, a home inspector will be able to notice if there are spotty areas where the snow has melted, or whether there are ice dams, and hanging icicles. Ice damming is one of those issues that reveal themselves only in freezing temperatures. These can all be signs of insulation problems. A poorly insulated attic. Will allow too much warm air to escape through the roof causing ice dams and damage to the roof.

Sales of homes tend to decrease during the winter months but sometimes life doesn’t cooperate with the weather. People get transferred and need to move and houses need to be bought. If you have been searching for your dream home and you happen to find it in the winter, there is no reason that you cannot have a home inspection done. Some simple tips to prepare for a home inspection in winter include clearing away snow from entry points, doors and outside pipes and plumbing. Of course, makes sure you schedule your appointment when there will still be enough natural light.

A home inspection should be done regardless of the season. At Mose Home Inspection, we perform hundreds of home inspections throughout the year. Our goal is to make sure you know everything about your home.

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Lay Chan Wee
01:19 31 Aug 21
I was impressed with the service provided by Rui Su. He was organized, explained in detail area that I am not familiar... with. He provided a good report. I will recommend him if you need home inspection.read more
Mary Jane Caro
Mary Jane Caro
14:25 27 Aug 21
I am always pleased to recommend Carol Mose from Mose Home Inspection Services to my clients who have had offers... accepted on residential real estate properties. She is knowledgeable, thorough, provides clear explanations, and delivers comprehensive reports.read more
Massimo Pannunzio
Massimo Pannunzio
22:05 25 Aug 21
Michael has got to be on of the best home inspectors in all of Quebec. It was amazing working with him and he had my... best interest at heart when making a life changing decision. He made sure I had all the answers and made it easy to work with him. I will be using Mose inspection for any moment that I need an inspection done that's for sure!read more
Amanda Lee
Amanda Lee
19:14 16 Jun 21
Amazing experience with Carol Mose who helped me with a pre-purchase inspection! She was very approachable and... observant, and informed me of all her first impressions on-site. This gave me greater understanding of any conditions as I was able to ask any quick questions on the spot. Her reports are the most thorough that I've seen and include diagrams to help explain what any physical signs mean and potential consequences. Could not have asked for a better inspector!read more
Maeghan Banks
Maeghan Banks
15:38 14 Jun 21
Carol was wonderful to work with for our pre-purchase inspection. She was professional, thorough and communicative,... taking the time to explain her findings as we went through the house. After the inspection, we felt we had clear knowledge of the condition of the house (both pros and cons), allowing us to move forward with the purchase with confidence. Highly recommend!read more
Ryan Chalupovitsch
Ryan Chalupovitsch
13:43 01 Jun 21
Carol Mose is the best home inspector in the business. Approachable and extremely knowledgeable. She did an... inspection for me and really took the time to explain her findings and help me understand the home I was looking to purchase. Cannot recommend her enough. Don’t hesitate.read more
Elisabeth Faure
Elisabeth Faure
21:16 29 Apr 21
This is the second time I have used MOSE, and they are always really amazing. Very nice, very professional. they came... to have a look at my roof and let me know if we were due for a repair - I was very satisfied with everything and would recommend them to anybody!read more
Hannah S
Hannah S
22:05 16 Apr 21
I had a great experience with Mose home inspection. My husband and I are first time homebuyers and so had a ton of... questions about the process. Everyone we talked with was really informative and helpful. Michael was our inspector and was phenomenal. The inspection was very thorough and he explained everything in detail with realistic next steps for us to take. We came out of the inspection feeling really informed. Plus, he is just an absolute delight! He had very contagious enthusiasm and made the inspection a really positive experience. Would highly recommend!read more
Gabriel Lukuc
Gabriel Lukuc
03:05 16 Apr 21
Michael was amazing. He took the time to explain to us what’s really important and the reasoning behind it. We’re not... very handy nor savvy when it comes to home construction so we really appreciate him taking the time to explain to us all aspects of the inspection. Also, Michael was friendly, professional and timely; he provided the report over a holiday and a weekend.read more
Stephanie Ballard
Stephanie Ballard
14:24 19 Mar 21
MOSE is the best in the business. Once again we were happy with their inspection services - they are professional,... friendly and knowledgeable. Would not hesitate to recommend to friends and family (and have)!read more
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