A Multi-Family Home

Insights for Successfully Searching & Selecting a Vacation Cabin

by Arnold Gomez

Life at your own cabin can be relaxing, quiet, and a good time to spend away from the busy city life and your regular routine. So when you have the opportunity to purchase your own cabin property at a great location, it is a good idea to check out the cabin's potential and areas from several different aspects. Here are some recommendations for you to consider as you look for the right cabin to buy.

Check Into Yearly Maintenance 

When you are looking into the purchase of a cabin, this may be a property that you will not use full-time and only use for vacations. This may leave the cabin vacant during the work week or during the winter, especially if the cabin is at a higher elevation or in a northern climate. It is important to look at the cabin's needs all through the year even when you are not actively using it.

A cabin that you use on the weekends and a couple of weeks during the summer is going to sit vacant all winter and can experience some issues if you are not prepared to give the property the right maintenance. For example, if you need to winterize the cabin in the fall, will you do this or can you hire a service to complete it for you? And the cabin may experience pest problems that you need to inspect for and treat on a regular basis. Or, if the property's septic needs servicing, it is a good idea to keep an eye on its condition so you can handle the maintenance regularly to avoid property damage.

Evaluate the Roads

Another detail you can add to your decision process of a cabin purchase is the location of the cabin and its access from your permanent residence. Look at how long it takes you to drive to the cabin and what types of roads are kept up all the way to your property. You might find that the roads are paved to a certain point, then will be gravel-covered. Look at how passable they will be during rainy or snowy weather and if you would want to access your cabin when the roads are not in good condition. Will the roads be cleared with snow during the winter by a county service, or is this your responsibility?

Then, find out if you are responsible for maintenance on a private road up to your cabin from the county road. This can add in extra responsibility and cost for the property owner. For more information, reach out to a company such as Dream Catcher Realty.