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Helpful Tips Before Buying a Lake House

Sunday, August 2nd 2015.

Imagine a large brick house in a 10,000 sq. ft. lot with an awesome lake view in its front yard. Then again you might be looking at one of the Hendersonville homes for sale in an online listing. The city by the lake has approximately 38 square miles of land and 26 miles of shoreline on Old Hickory Lake. You may either enjoy a huge house with a scenic lake view or with barns and stables, and a whole lot of other amenities like garages, large open spaces, docks, among others.

Live the country life in Hendersonville, Tennessee – the City by the Lake. You may live it as a simple resident, a vacationer, or a rental property owner. Whichever you might call yourself, you pretty much deserve what Hendersonville real estate has to offer. But wait! Before heading off to talk to a realtor, just like in any home buying process, you need to do your homework and be prepared. A house near the lake is not an ordinary property; there are different and important things to consider before buying one.

First, you need to ask yourself what type of a lake house you want or prefer. Do you like a lakefront property or just one near the lake? How much can you afford? Lakefront properties, like Hendersonville homes for sale, could range from $400,000 to $3,000,000. You may do your research online and refer to online listings, like Hendersonville multiple listings, where there are large pictures that show the inside of the house and what amenities are available near the lakefront property. Better yet, you may schedule a trip to see upfront the lake house you’re planning to buy. You may also need to check how deep that lake is, so as to know which kind of activities you can do near or in it – like boating, fishing, swimming, and even jet skiing. HOA guidelines should be strictly observed as well – regarding the hours the lake can be used and what kind of activities

Is the lake house going to be a vacation home or a rental property? If you’re not going to spend year-round in the lake house, you’d better have someone or a handful of people regularly maintain it in tip-top shape – like cleaning the house and even its surroundings like mowing the lawn, trimming shrubs or bushes. If you’re going to open it seasonally to renters, then you need to also check the dock and other equipment before use, so as to prevent any accidents. You may also need to take note of any repairs or cleaning needed in the house like dryer vent, chimney, filters, and heating systems, to name a few. Termite inspections are done annually.

You may also need to ask how far the lake house is to schools, hospitals or clinics. How many minutes or hours will it take you to drive to main roads or nearby stores, recreational facilities, restaurants, and other establishments?

These are just some tips to help you with your decision in buying a lake house. Houses near the lake cost rather expensive, but the possibilities of things to do are endless. Remember, you’re not just buying a lake house; you’re also buying a part of the lake along with the perks that come with it.

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