Last Updated on February 19, 2021 by Karen Rice
Poconos House Hunting: Winter Tips
So, ready to go house hunting in northeastern PA this winter and early spring? Here are some things you should know about Poconos house hunting during the chilly months!
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We Are In The Mountains – Be Prepared
First of all, it seems obvious, but it’s not always apparent to everyone. We are in the mountains. The Poconos are not like the peaks in New Hampshire, Vermont, or the mountains out west like the Rockies or in the Pacific Northwest. That said, our elevation in Wayne & Pike County, PA, is higher than many of the areas in New York and New Jersey that our typical buyers call home. So, we do have colder temperatures. Furthermore, we usually have a lot more snow and ice. House hunters want to prepare for that.
Have rock salt in the back of your car. I also recommend having a little shovel. Here is a picture of what I carry in my trunk. This shovel is compact and takes up very little space. Made of aluminum, it has an adjustable handle. I used to have a plastic snow shovel which was worthless. It broke the first time I used it! This aluminum shovel is sturdy and does the job.
Not all of the homes for sale around Lake Wallenpaupack have plowed driveways. Many sellers don’t have decks cleared. Walkways are not often shoveled. Because most of these homes are summer lake houses, many sellers do not use them in the winter. We may have to fend for ourselves. Two shovels are always better than one! (Most of the time, we can access the lake houses for sale without much ado. However, while on our Poconos house hunting adventure, we should be prepared for challenging access due to snow!)
By the way: you most certainly can use your lake house all year long. Many people enjoy the spring, summer, and fall but close down for winter. You do not have to shut your home down in the winter. Winter can be a lot of fun in the Lake Wallenpaupack region, especially with lots of snow!
Dress Properly for Winter in Wayne & Pike County, PA
It is important to wear the proper footwear. Sneakers or cute designer boots are not the best choices. You want sturdy, waterproof snow boots with good traction. We will be wading through snow at some point. Right now, we have knee-deep snow throughout Wayne and Pike County, PA. I have waded through hip-deep snow in the past for my
Many of the lake houses for sale in the Poconos are vacation homes or second homes. Or the seller has moved out. The heat may be turned down or turned off completely. Please dress in layers, so you don’t freeze to death when we go inside. Wear a warm coat and bring gloves to keep your hands warm! Shivering while looking at houses is not fun!
Poconos House Hunting and Potty Breaks
The next topic is bathrooms. In general, sellers do not like strangers to use their bathrooms. Also, in winterized homes, the water is turned off. Toilets in winterized houses are not usable. So, be sure to use a restroom before we start our home tour. Please don’t slip into a seller’s bathroom without checking with your agent. When the water is off, using the toilet will create a disaster. If you need to use a restroom, let me know, and we’ll work something out.
Pack a Lunch or Snacks
Let’s talk about food and snacks. You should bring some snacks with you, along with water bottles or some coffee. (But keep in mind the last thing about the bathrooms!) The lake region of the northern Poconos is a rural area. Now, we’re not entirely uncivilized in Wayne and Pike County, PA. We have McDonald’s; we have Dunkin’. Delis and convenience stores abound. But everything is spread out. These places may not be close to the houses we will be touring. Keep some snacks in the car. You don’t want to look at lake houses on an empty stomach!
Finally, due to COVID-19, masks are required. So we will wear masks in every house.
I hope you find these tips helpful. I look forward to making your Poconos house hunting trip successful and fun! Here’s a fun video I created about snow days and life as a Realtor. I’m with a different brokerage now, but agent life is still the same!