Tips When Buying a Summer Cottage

Posted on 2nd December 2014 in Planning Your Summer Home

Tired of the freezing winter months? Or the noisy engines in the bustling city? But you’re not really interested in building your own summer house?

West Hartford HomesWhile trying to keep your heaters on out there, you might be thinking in the middle of a CT winter of acquiring a recreational retreat house or cottage at a lakeside or Connecticut River bank where you can spend your summer weekends into or have picnics with your family or friends.

Buying a summer cottage is entirely a different game from buying a summer home in West Hartford or other metro areas. You need to follow some practical tips before you can find that perfect lake front retreat for the whole family. Before you contact a realtor or agent, it is important that you have an idea of what you want. This will save hours spent on house hunting with your agent or realtor and with the price of gas, having some inkling of what you want will save money as well.

First, you need to ask yourself how much free time you have to stay in your summer cottage. Does your job allow you to have both days off every weekend or just one day a month or a two week vacation? The answers to these questions will influence your decision in shopping for the best homes in West Hartford, CT or surrounding areas.

How long are you able to tolerate the journey from your home with kids and a drooling dog in a car? Most of the time, the further you are going to travel from the city, the less expensive the cottage could become.

Another important thing to consider before shopping for the best cottages in West Hartford is your ability and your desire to do it all yourself. Summer cottages can require some chores that may be foreign to you as an urban house owner. You may encounter unexpected animal guests, septic tanks, excessive snow fall, ice flows, fallen trees, leaves and more. These are just some of the tasks that will fill up your weekend job jar. Depending on where your summer cottage is located, trying to locate someone to fix your broken septic tanks may seem monumental. If home repairs is not your cup of tea, buying a new cottage or building one from the ground up instead of acquiring an old one is a better way to go.

Increased Entertainment

You also need to think about to why you are buying the property. Do you want to buy the home for a weekend getaway alone or are you looking to invite guests to come over every weekend? If lots of guests is the case, you need to think about the type of sleeping quarters you should have, how many beds you need, not to mention the kitchen, the cooking and dining arrangements.

Check the Neighborhood

Checking the neighbourhood is really important especially if you are seeking to have a complete retreat from the bustling city. This is even more important than buying a house in the city. That is why you need a retreat cottage in the first place. You want to have relaxing, cool and breath-taking scenery around you. Do you want to be isolated on a small lake where you can enjoy kayaking alone? Or be situated on a larger body of water where you could powerboat with the family? This is really an important consideration that your agent or realtor should know.

Visualizing your Life in a Cottage

Visualizing what your summer cottage is supposed to look like before you buy it can save time, energy and “gas.” You don’t need to go around the country to shop for the best summer home you like. Having all your wants in mind can speed up the process. All you want to do is tell the agent or realtor of the specifics or if you want to do it yourself, you can just search on the online listings and narrow down the choices to your best option in mind. This way, you can prepare yourself towards the actual buying process in finding the best homes in West Hartford.

If you need the name of a good Realtor in CT, I can comfortably recommend  The Ogren Real Estate Group in West Hartford Center. Lisa Ogren provides a comprehensive listing of the best homes in, not only West Hartford, CT, but the surrounding area as well. Lisa is personable and makes the task of hunting for an ideal summer home in CT a fun adventure. So whether you use Lisa or another Realtor (or even if you go out and hunt by yourself), enjoy yourself and remind yourself of all the fun times you will have in your own summer home!

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