Last weekend we turned our clocks ahead an hour for Daylight Saving Time. This week it might be taking you a little bit longer to get out of bed in the morning, as you try to catch up on the hour “lost” and readjust to the renewed morning darkness.
But I think most of us are more than willing to trade a few sleepy mornings for the additional hour of daylight in the evening hours. It always signals that warmer weather and even “longer” days are approaching.
One of the nice benefits of the additional daylight for sellers and buyers is that it allows for more effective usage of time for property showings. Many buyers work, so the only time they can go see properties is on nights or weekends. Night showings are not ideal because it’s not possible to get an idea of how bright a home is inside, what the lot looks like, or the condition of the outside of the home. If I schedule an evening showing, I’ll always return with my buyer for an additional daytime showing if the buyer has any interest in the house. They really need to make their assessment during daylight to ensure the property is right for them.
While sellers might not find evening showings ideal because they can conflict with family time (dinner, getting ready for bed, etc.), it does allow them to have more showings scheduled in a shorter time period. Agents don’t have to wait until the weekend to schedule their daylight appointments, so sellers don’t have to deal with back-to-back-to-back showings all weekend long.
Now, please bring on the crocuses, sunlight, and warmer weather!