How to Deal with Snow and Ice

Utah County is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but the winter can take a toll on you if you aren’t prepared. It can become easy to lose motivation during the colder months. All of a sudden your daily routine of work, school and errands can seem like a chore. However, a few simple tricks and a little legwork can help you go about as usual, even in the worst of weather.

 

Invest in good snow tires

If you live in an area that consistently snows, snow tires are a must. These tires are built with softer rubber, which allows for more traction in grueling snowy and icy conditions. They also allow you to stop at a more rapid rate avoiding potential collisions and traffic infractions. Although the tires are an initial investment, they could help avoid accidents and save your life.

 

Stock up on supplies

Times of being stuck inside your home due to extreme inclement weather can be few and far between, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Always have enough food on hand to get through a few days, some extra non-perishable goods, and stock up on toilet paper, diapers, and other necessities. If your furnace is going non-stop, you should also consider investing in a gas detection device that will alert you if there is a malfunction.

 

Use salt as a de-icer

Table salt can be a fantastic de-icer when used in moderation. If you want to avoid waking up to frost on your windows, put some salt in a sock and rub it on your windows the night before. Be careful about overdoing it as repeated use could cause damage to the surfaces you are de-icing. For sidewalks and large surfaces, consider picking up salt that’s specific to snow and ice removal.

 

Put a sheet over your windshield

If you know a big storm is rolling in, place a drop cloth or tarp over your car’s windshield for quick snow removal. You can also cover up steps leading up to your house and walkways with those sturdy cloths. Come time to leave, you simply pull it off and you’re good to go.

 

Allow extra time

When traveling in winter weather conditions, make sure to give yourself extra time to get from point A to point be to avoid stressing out and being reckless. If your usual commute takes 30 minutes, give yourself 40 to get there. Make sure you slow down and adhere to speed limits as well.


Pros to Buying a Home in the Winter

For most people, the winter means decking the halls, not buying new ones. It’s easy to have a picture perfect image of looking for homes in sunny weather, but there are actually some immense pros to buying a home during the winter months. Plus, doesn’t the holiday spirit motivate you to treat yourself a little? Here are some of the best reasons to buy a home during the winter months.

1.) Less Competition

In today’s competitive market, bidding wars run rampant. When lots of people are bidding at once, sellers tend to hold off and wait for the best offer. In the winter, they may be anxious to sell sooner than later, so you might also get a better price than busier months. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

2.) Savings

Piggybacking off of less competition, you can potentially save a lot of money buying in the winter. Because real estate is a “supply and demand market,” you can find good deals when no one else is looking. A little savings on an interest rate can go a long way, too. Anishka Seker, Financial Adviser on NerdWallet gives the following scenario:

“Let’s say you’re buying a house with 6 percent closing cost and a 30-year mortgage with a 3.25 percent interest rate. If your house costs $500,000 as opposed to $550,000, the total cost of your mortgage will fall by over $80,000. You’ll feel the benefits of buying low for decades to come.”

3.) All Systems are a Go

The winter can be the ultimate “litmus test” for buyers. All of the homes heating and plumbing systems are put to the test during the cold months, so you can ensure that everything is in working order before having the surprise of a heater going out months after buying. The structural elements are also put to the test. You can check to see how the roof is holding up and how the gutters function when searching for homes in the winter.

4.) The Home is in its Purest Form

When trees aren’t blossoming and leaves aren’t reducing noise, you can truly see the home in its most natural state. You’ll want to see your investment in its uncamouflaged state to assess the reality of the property. Plus, you’ll get to appreciate the home even more when it’s in its most aesthetically pleasing state in the summer.

5.) Other Perks

Did you know if you close on a home before December 31st, you can apply the purchase of your home towards tax deductions? If you buy after, you’ll have to wait a whole fiscal year to reap any tax benefits. And speaking of closings, mortgages tend to close much faster during the winter due to less people buying and selling, so the process moves faster.

If any of these reasons spurred some new thoughts about searching for a home, feel free to reach out and contact us. We never pressure anyone into any decisions they’re not ready for and simply like to lend an ear and a helping hand to help you make the best decision. Free free to shoot us an email at info@utahproperties.com or give us a call for more information. 801-995-4700.