Tips For Buying A Vacation Home

February 13, 2016

So, you have found your favorite vacation spot! You visit this place at least once a year, sometimes more. You wish you could go more, but the price of accommodation is keeping you away from your multiple visits. Seems only fitting that you should consider purchasing a vacation home at your favorite spot for rest and relaxation. With the housing market making a comeback, it is now easier than a few years ago to get the necessary approvals for purchasing vacation properties. If you feel like this is the direction you want to take, here are some tips for buying your new vacation property:

Do Your Research

This may seem obvious, however selecting the right home and the right location in the area you like to vacation is essential. Location is everything when it comes to real estate and its value. If you are thinking of buying a beach house, for example, the value of two similarly sized properties will vary drastically if one has an ocean or waterfront view and the other does not. Consider how important having a view is compared to having a spot that may not necessarily have that ocean front scene, but still has similar access to the attractions important to you.  Similarly, if you think you have found the perfect property, try and rent it before buying. This really is the best way to see if it is right for you. It will also give you the opportunity to spot flaws and defects in the property.

Make The Necessary Repairs

The last thing you want to do when using your newly purchased vacation home is to be stuck worrying about everything that needs to be repaired on the property. Generally, an inspection during the due diligence period (if your state allows this in real estate transactions) will help alleviate the fears you may have about the property’s condition. Additionally, this period allows for negotiating what needs to be fixed. Going off the “beach home” example, these kinds of vacation homes face some of the harsher elements mother-nature has to offer. Wind, rain, severe storms, etc. all have a long-term effect on property components like the roof, windows, and siding. If this appears to be the case based off a proper inspection of the property, experts like the ones found here can figure out exactly the extent of what needs to be repaired so as to maintain a long-standing, well conditioned property for both safety and aesthetic purposes.

Make It Your Own

The one thing about buying vacation homes that can be both a pro and con is the fact that many come fully furnished. This is great if you like what has already been done to the interior or just do not care. This can be a nuisance, however if the previous owner’s taste in decorating is dissimilar to your own. At the same time, you now have the freedom to decorate a new home if that is something you enjoy. Décor and designs that never would have fit into your permanent home, may be perfect your new property. Have fun with it, that is what vacations are all about!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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