Using a home in the mountains is a great way to relax on a part-time basis as a vacation home or as a full-time lifestyle as your permanent residence. But think about some of the more specific details of purchasing a mountain home. The following are some tips to remember when you are planning to purchase a mountain home property.
Look at Location
One of the first things that may draw you to the prospect of purchasing a mountain home is its location and distance away from town or the urban areas that you may be accustomed to. A mountain home provides you with nature, beautiful vistas, fresh air, and a quiet environment away from traffic and the city, but it also may have a location that is far from the conveniences that you are used to driving to. Look at a property's distance from the nearest grocery store, convenience store, or gas station, and think about how long it will take you to make the trip whenever you need to. If you will need to drive for an hour to get groceries, think about this and make sure you are willing to commit to it while you are staying at or living in your mountain home.
Then, look at where the nearest hospital, doctor's office, and pharmacy are to know how far you will need to travel for these health essentials. And if you will need to commute to work daily, especially if you plan to make the mountain home your permanent residence, calculate your travel time to and from work.
Plan For Utilities and Services
Another consideration you will put into your mountain property search is the types of services and utilities that the home has access to. And what types of services will you need to set up. Is there electricity connected to the home? If a storm comes through the area and cuts power to the house, you may need a generator to supply power until it can be restored.
Find out about the internet and cable access you may need to install at the home and if it is available at the location, or if you need to arrange for satellite services. Talk to some neighbors in the area or your real estate agent to get some specific details about these concerns.
Then, look at the home's sewer system and if it is set up on a septic system. If this is the case, you will need to inspect the system before you buy the home and make sure the septic is working properly and has been maintained so it does not cause future problems.
For more information about mountain real estate for sale, contact a local real estate agent.