Are you looking for that perfect getaway in the woods? Whether you are looking to retire in a rural setting or just need a place for weekend and summer getaways, there are some things you will need to keep in mind as you look at real estate for sale (from professionals such as those from Macaluso Realty). The following tips can help ensure that you get exactly the home you desire.
Tip #1: Find out about road maintenance
In rural settings, not all roads are maintained by the county. If you plan to visit your cabin in the winter, you will need to find out if the county provides plowing and where your road ranks on the list. Some roads are plowed first while others may not see a truck until days after the snow has fallen. It is also common in rural areas for you to be responsible for your own access roads, so you will need to find out what the average costs are for plowing, repairs, and gravel grading, as applicable. If you share a private access road with other homes, you may be expected to pitch into a community road fund, so that cost will also have to be researched.
Tip #2: Check out the water and septic system
Most cabins are on a private well. You will need to have the well inspected and tested to ensure that the water is safe to drink and that the well provides sufficient water for your needs. You will also likely need to have the well pump inspected to make sure everything works properly. Most cabins are also on a private septic system since there is no municipal sewer. Find out the last time the septic tank was pumped and make sure to have it and the drain field inspected. This is also a good time to find out where the septic tank hatch is located so you can mark its location for future cleaning.
Tip #3: Research local hazards
A cabin in the woods will come with its own hazards. In some areas, this may mean animal hazards, such as bears, cougars, or rattlesnakes. Find out what wildlife is in the area and what residents do to avoid problems. This may be as complicated as locking up garbage and grills in a bear-proof shed away from the home, or as simple as using weighted garbage lids to keep the raccoons out. You should also find out if there is a danger of avalanches in the winter, mudslides in the spring, fires in the summer. Knowing the hazards of the area allows you to inspect the home to see if it is constructed correctly for the area and whether you are willing to take the steps necessary for increased safety.