Real Estate Agents Rush To Winterized Their Vacant Listings During Cold Snaps
As the first Central Texas and surrounding area cold snap hits Austin the temperatures dipped Friday night and continued through the weekend with low mid 30s while afternoon highs only reach the low 40s. Real Estate agents rush around town checking vacant listing to make sure pipes are not exposed, cabinets are open, water dripping slightly and thermostat is set accordingly.
The big question has always been who is responsible for a vacant home during a cold snap?
Obviously the homeowner is responsible to make sure the home is winterized during cold weather? I think it would depend if the owner lives in the general area or out of state and what was agreed during the listing agreement. However I treat my vacant listing as if their my own home and make sure our team drives to every listing making sure the home is protected from freezing cold snap temperatures unless the homeowner has advised differently.
Austin’s coldest cold snap on record was the worst cold snap to occur statewide occurred during the last half of December in 1983. Four stations recorded their longest continuous readings at or below 32 °F (0 °C) on record. The Austin Texas temperatures remained at or below freezing for 139 hours.
Those records are few and far between with our global warming but then one never knows the plans of mother nature and seasons to come. Central Texans have always been made fun of with our complaining about the cold weather and driving in ice/sleet and snow but it’s funny that most of the people in accidents happen to be transplants from other states. "just saying"......
Homeowners keep in mind real estate agents rush to winterized their vacant listings during cold snaps and you can count on Bob Ratliff Team to make sure your home is protected during freezing weather.
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