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4 Tips For Buying A Lake House

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4 Tips For Buying A Lake House

Maybe you’ve always wanted a place to take the kids during the summer. Maybe you’re just trying to get away from it all. Whatever your reasons for considering the purchase of a lake house, here are four tips for making a smart decision about lakeside real estate:

1. Make a List

How big does it need to be? What features are you hoping to find? What amenities would get you excited? This doesn’t have to be a hard-and-fast list that you can’t deviate from; it can be a flexible collection of ideas that will get you thinking about what you desire in your future lake house.

2. Consider the Location

Location is one of the most important aspects of buying a lake house, especially if you’ll be responsible for maintaining the land around it. You might wind up needing something like weed control for lakes to keep nature from taking over. You’ll also want to think about climate, soil, shade, and the view from your windows.

Don’t be afraid to shop around for the location that is “just right” for you. Whether it be close to where you lived previously or in an entirely different state, you want your lake house property to be relaxing, safe, and family friendly. If waterfront property in your area is lacking, there are 55+ communities in Tennessee that boast lakeside views as well as communities along the different Great Lakes. Road trip, anyone?

3. Look Into the Owner

Once you’ve found a potential lake house, make sure that you do your research about its owner. They should have a clean, non-criminal record, and the house shouldn’t have any weird leasing issues or documentation mishaps. If you ever suspect that your lake house deal isn’t legitimate, don’t be afraid to cut your losses and walk away. A little firmness now can save you a world of trouble tomorrow.

4. Think About Year-Round Upkeep

If you’ll only be vacationing in the lake house once or twice a year, what will happen to it when you’re not there? Will you rent it out? Will you hire someone to maintain it? How much will it cost? Think about these things before committing to a particular land or cabin purchase. The little details could end up being a big deal.

These are just a few tips for finding, selecting, and evaluating a potential lake house. They can be a great investment for the future, but you’ll need to know what you’re doing before you sign on the dotted line. Good luck!

Study Break!

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Study Break!

Heyyy everyone and happy Hump Day! So after over four hours of slaving away on school work yesterday in Starbucks, my sister Kristen and I decided to have some fun in the sun at the Monroe Falls Metro Park lake. It was a perfect hot and sunny day yesterday, so it was an ideal day to break out our bikinis and lounge around in the sunshine. Once I got home from Sbux yesterday I desperately needed a study break, so when Kristen suggested that we go to the lake, I was all for it. I threw on my bikini, a pair of black shorts, a flannel, and my trusty Brandy Melville floppy hat and we were off! Once we got to the lake we were so happy to see that we basically had the whole place to ourselves minus a few sunbathers. I guess that’s what you get for going on a Tuesday afternoon, especially when all of the local kids are still in school. After lazing about on our beach towels for a while and chatting it up we decided to put our feet in the water – which was unfortunately really dirty! But no worries, because a little ways down from where we dumped all of our stuff, there was a sandy beach like area which we walked over to – and because sand is a natural purifier, the water was much cleaner there. (I learned that from Naked & Afraid!!!) So we kicked about in the sand, which felt amazing on my nasty ass feet and then we got into the water – which was shockingly cold for how hot it was!! Once we had enough of the sand and slightly cleaner lake water, we decided to take a walk to the other side of the lake where there was a completely empty playground – perfect for two twenty somethings to play on!! We walked barefoot while juggling all of our lake outing necessities and finally made it to the other side of the park for some good old fashioned tomfoolery. We played to our little hearts content on what we could play on anyways – there were so many stupid monkey bars and whatnot and Lil Red has NO upper body strength! And because it was so hot out the slides weren’t very “slidey” so we ended up getting stuck on all of them. Shameful!! After our little play date we walked back to the side of the lake we started on via the boardwalk and called it a day. A Kristen and Sarah hang out wouldn’t be complete without getting some Taco Bell, so best believe that’s how we concluded our sister afternoon! Here’s some cute pics from our fun time yesterday:

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I had such a great time during my study break yesterday! I’m also having a great time writing about yesterday’s study break during my study break today! 😉 So I must get back to work, but I will talk to you all soon! Is there any metro parks near you that you like to frequent? Is there a local lake that you enjoy going to? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah