Now’s a beautiful time to be a home buyer in Illinois. The only negative is actually trying to get a good look at the homes. Due to the 8-10 inches we got last Friday, the city is still trying to dig its way out. There was nary a snow plow in site for that first day. That gave us all a chance to drive on the snow and pack it down into a nice compact sheet that then froze overnight. From that point on, it’s been interesting driving in some areas of Aurora, Naperville and Oswego. These big snowstorms always stretch everyone thin but it’s a great time to watch Illinois communities come together and help dig each other out.
The heavy snow is also making things difficult for buyers. Getting into a home is now fraught with problems like navigating an un-shoveled driveway and front walk, getting into doors that are sometimes frozen shut and even seeing the condition of exterior features. The driveway problem would be solved if the we could get hold of some Resin Bound Kits, and once the driveway problem is solved, half the problem is solved, but if yours is a bit banged up and has a lots of cracks, then consider contacting a asphalt contractor gig to repair it quickly as possible. This afternoon while I was showing some Aurora real estate to a homebuyer I’m working with, we gave up trying to judge the condition of roofs. At my listing in Boulder Hill Subdivision in Montgomery, I had to remove the sheets in my drive-by brochure box because they had frozen together into a big block of paper. On the other hand, several communities that I also work in such as Naperville, North Aurora, Batavia, Geneva and even Yorkville seemed to fare better with the snow plows.
This is because the roofs are completely covered with snow, so it is difficult to judge their condition. Snow can cause some roofing damage and leaks as well, in some cases even worse than rain. Rain tends to flow, but snow can accumulate. It can be an issue. Thankfully home owners do have options like Roof Spray Polyurethane Foam for example, that are designed precisely to help roofs who come under these conditions during certain times of the year. I always let them know when the roof has already been treated, and if not I tell them that they should consider taking care of that before the winter season. Our houses are built to last, but a little help can go a long way as well.
The demand for synthetic roofing materials is one of the biggest trends our associates see regardless of region. Synthetic materials are not only much easier to come by and replace when performing roof repair, buy they are also a good fit for homeowners who want a more durable product that replicates the wood texture and natural color of traditional slates or shakes.
Because synthetic material is polymer-based and made from plastic and rubber, it is considered easier to maintain by Local Roofing Companies and better resistant to the weather as per the local roofing contractor advice so you can start your next residential roofing project.
Despite all the difficulties, this is a great time to get out and make a purchase if you are a home buyer. Real Estate is extremely slow due to the holidays and the snowfall has put a further damper on it. Home prices are continuing to fall along with interest rates. During the next few weeks, you might just snag a real housing bargain if you can brave the weather and get out there and choose your next home. Plus, everyone else being indoors is going to mean there’s a lot of selection out there for the intrepid house hunter.
Eric Rogers – REALTOR
Century 21 Pro-Team
Serving your Real Estate needs in the communities of Aurora, Naperville, Oswego, Montgomery,
Yorkville, Sugar Grove, North Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and Northern Illinois.