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Buying A Cottage Checklist - Part 1

Posted On: 18.08.09

So you want to buy a cottage. Now is the perfect time of year to relax by the water, enjoy nature and make some great memories with family and friends. Here are tips to keep in mind: 

Location, Location, Location

Where should you buy your cottage getaway? This depends on several factors including your budget and how often you're going to use it. Understanding how much you can afford or getting pre-approved will help to narrow down your choices. If you can only get away on weekends, you probably want to spend as little time commuting as possible, otherwise your travel time will eat into your cottage time! CottageClub Is Only 35 Mins West Of Calgary & 15 Mins West Of Cochrane... Learn More.  

What Activities Do You Enjoy?

If you like boating, canoeing, fishing and other aquatic activities you will want to be on a lake or river. If you like winter amenities like cross country skiing, skating, snowshoeing or hanging around the cottage on a snowy day with a good book, you'll need to look for a recreational community that's year round, with the amenities and services you need. Check Out CottageClub's Amazing Amenities

Close To Urban Comforts

Spending quiet time at the cottage can be a magical thing. It's a great retreat from the hectic pace of city life. However, being close to certain creature comforts like shopping, restaurants and medical care is an important consideration. You need to be sure that you can obtain groceries, supplies and essential services when needed. 

Invest With Friends Or Family

If you're planning to be at the cottage every other weekend, or even once a month, consider asking a friend or family member that you trust to buy the cottage in partnership with you. If you can share the cost, chores and agree on a schedule, it can be an excellent way to spend time with loved ones and enjoy cottage life for less. Read More About What My Purchase Includes

Consider Renting

Maybe you're buying a cottage for seasonal or even future use. When you're not using the cottage yourself consider renting your cottage out to vacationers. It can be financially rewarding for your cottage to be in constant use rather than sitting empty. This will help with mortgage payments and keep your cottage in good working order.

By doing your homework you can enjoy your cottage for many years. Watch your kids grow up at the cottage and share it with your grandchildren. If down the road they decide to sell, they can still make a pretty penny. Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of the "Checklist".

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