On the other hand, one benefit of seeing a home in the winter is the opportunity to test the heat. In the summer, it can be difficult to turn the heat on. Brock deals with this by putting a damp washcloth on the thermostat, triggering a false reading and turning the heat on.
Balancing the heat is also easier. “You can tell which room is cold,” Brock said. “During the summer when it’s 70 out and you’re running the heat, all the rooms are warm. It’s hard to tell if the rooms are balanced or not.”
This possible benefit can be a problem in a foreclosed house where the heat has been turned off. “You show up and it’s actually colder in the house than it is outside,” Brock said. This can be an uncomfortable situation for unprepared buyers.