Are you in the middle of hunting for an apartment? If so, you may have noticed that scheduling, seeing and committing to an apartment is trickier in the winter months than it is when the sun is shining bright.
There are a few reasons for that – the weather, holidays and vacations can make apartment hunting a nightmare. Check out these tips to avoid the headache and find your dream apartment in January, February or March.
Keep the Forecast in Mind
The forecast can influence a lot about apartment hunting, viewing and moving in. If you’ve already found a place, bad weather can throw your furniture pickup and delivery services for a loop. If you’re still in the hunt, bad weather can make it tougher to get from place to place on viewing day.
View the forecast in advance, and plan around any inclement weather if you can. The benefit of choosing a nicer day is that you get a chance to walk around the neighborhood of the apartment you’re viewing and get a feel for what kind of area it is. It also gives you a chance to see what your view will be, and makes it much easier to get to the apartment.
The benefit of going to an apartment on a day with bad weather is that you can understand how your life would be if you moved into this place and there was a storm. Are the road crews quick? Does your place still have power? Are you close to the subway? These are important questions to know the answers to. If you end up viewing your place on a nicer day, consider asking the neighbors so you’ll know what you’re dealing with.
Schedule with Your Realtor
Realtors have families too. That means they may be going on vacation when the weather gets cold, or they may have extensive time off during the holidays. Remember to schedule your viewings in advance and double check that they will be available on days when you want to see your place.
If they can’t show you the place in the window you need, consider asking if anyone else from their office would be available to give you a quick tour, and ask if they would be available by email to answer any lingering questions you may have.
Hire a Moving Team
Moving is hard even in beautiful weather. When the temperature drops, it’s usually harder to recruit family and friends to work outside lifting your heavy items and moving them into your new apartment. In times like these, it’s crucial to spend the extra money on services like moving teams or NYC furniture disassembly companies.
Consider exactly how you can make your life easier on moving day and invest. Especially because you can’t control the weather, and a snow storm would make lugging your furniture considerably more dangerous.
Finding your perfect place in the winter CAN be done. You just need to know how to do it.