Home inspections provide peace of mind to buyers, as they can help you identify issues with a property before you buy it. However, when you're going through this process in the winter, certain features can't be properly vetted. If those items are faulty, then you could face high out-of-pocket costs for repairs when spring comes around. Here's a closer look at what can't be inspected in the winter, and how you can protect yourself from potential problems.

What Features Can't Be Inspected During the Winter?

AC Units

Air conditioning is one of the most-used appliances in a home. However, it can't be adequately inspected during the winter since turning it on could freeze the coils.


When pools are closed for the winter, only a small amount of water is left in the base. However, the water must be above the skimmer and jets to be inspected. If you fill the pool to that level during the winter, you risk bursting the water lines.

Sprinkler Systems

As with pools, sprinkler systems have to be completely drained before the temperature drops. Turning on the water to test the irrigation system would put it at risk for costly damage resulting from frozen water. 

How Can You Protect Yourself From Unknown Issues?

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Most homeowners won't intentionally deceive a buyer by not disclosing problems. However, they may not be aware of an issue, especially if they don't know what to look for. Since a winter home inspection doesn't cover winterized features, you need to take precautions before closing.

With the help of a lawyer, you can work out a legal agreement with the seller to cover the cost of problems found with winterized features. Once the temperature increases in the spring, you can schedule new inspections for those items. By working with a qualified attorney, you can ensure you're legally protected, and the seller is legally bound to stick with the agreement. 


Before buying a home, contact New Home Inspectors in Huntington Station, NY. With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, they’re a leading choice for buyers and sellers throughout Long Island. Their certified and insured home inspectors are committed to detailed assessments and same-day reporting. Learn more about their services online, and request a home inspection by calling (631) 368-1800.