How to add value to your cabin.
Many cabin owners are generational – they’ve inherited the family cabin that grandpa and his buddies built in the 1950s. Some have gotten a great deal on a little log cabin that was once loved long ago, but has suffered from neglect. Unless you are one of the lucky few who can start from scratch and build the lake home of their dreams, you will likely need to do some work on that old little cabin of yours. What are the best ways to add value to your cabin?
Cabins are generally for those who love and crave the beauty and quiet of the great outdoors. So cabins NEED to maximize all things that highlight the trees, the water, and the wide open skies.
If your cabin is boxy and dark, it’s time to open things up with new windows and doors to take that beautiful view and bring it indoors. Replacing doors and windows can dramatically improve the aesthetic of your cabin as well as help improve energy efficiency.
Every cabin needs a beautiful deck or patio to enjoy star-gazing at night or a cup of coffee in the morning. Perhaps a screened porch would be beneficial for late-night card games in a mosquito-free environment. Fire-pits are easy to add and create a gathering spot for young and old. Make the most of your outdoor space.Read More »
What are some tips for buying vacation property with family?
Oh, to own a vacation home – some quaint place not too far away to spend weekends fishing, boating and relaxing. Or perhaps it’s in the mountains for skiing and hiking. Regardless where your fantasy vacation home is, you have to find a way to afford it. Some people opt to buy vacation properties with family, to share the expense, work and fun. And that can be a successful venture…but it has some risks, as well. What are some tips for buying vacation property with family?
Set Guidelines: You need to, together, set guidelines ahead of time on certain expectations. Family members have varying personalities and those personalities come with the joint agreement, so expect differences in styles, opinions and ways of handling conflict. There will for sure, be healthy banter in the process of buying and sharing a vacation home.
Create Property/Family Boundaries: It’s important to make the purchase of a vacation property a business agreement. Define how often you will meet to discuss property matters but don’t bring conversations or conflicts into family time – resist the temptation to discuss the new dock while at a family birthday gathering or around the Christmas tree.
Communication is Key: Make sure you have opportunities to express yourself and then LISTEN to others as well. Don’t assume anything – talk things out, work through things. There is bound to be one person who is SURE they work harder or put more $ into the property, so listen to each other and figure it out.Read More »