Is house flipping lucrative during the winter months?

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I live in Ohio and our winters are sometimes severe. Someone once told me you can't do construction work during the winter because it affects the materials. (Such as tar, concrete, wood, etc). Roofs and foundations are especially difficult to do correctly in the cold, or so I am told. Is there truth to this, or should I try for a different income stream during certain seasons?

I think the argument could be made that it is better to flip during the winter.  Contractors are generally less busy and you will probably find that the labor is cheaper.  Of course, weather is always a factor.  In CT, every winter is different, you may get a winter that it snows once a week or one that you only get one storm. 

Might be able to find better deals also since most retail buyers aren't looking to move during the Holidays so in my opinion right now is one of the better times to try and secure some deals while the market is slower.

@Lisa D. Hamblin Winter is a good time to work on a flip. Secure it now and plan on working on it throughout the winter. The idea would be to have the home ready for sale as soon as the winter breaks. You are correct, depending on the weather some exterior items may have to wait. What is your strategy for financing your flip?

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