Thinking of buying a cabin in the woods? Here are some questions you may want to ask.


Common Questions to Consider When Buying Your Cabin in the Woods

Vacation properties come in many forms. From basic cabins to fully equipped country homes – there are a few specific questions to be considered with each purchase.

Recreational Property

  1. If your property isn’t on the water, find out if you have deeded access to it or if public access exists. Sometimes waterside property owners will post “Keep Out” signs though lawful access exists.
  2. Consider your future plans. Could your small cabin one day become your retirement castle? Find out if year-round residency is permitted and if building restrictions exist. Additionally, what (if any) renovation restrictions exist on the property?
  3. If not on the local municipal sewage system, ensure the septic system is adequate and up to date. Do local municipal building codes allow you to expand the capacity of your existing septic system and is there an opportunity to eventually connect to a planned municipal system?
  4. Water-access only properties, while less expensive to purchase, are logistically more difficult to maintain. Stocking the cabin, repairs, shuttling guests, and trips to town can be more difficult and costly to co-ordinate. However with the increased isolation comes increased quiet and a greater sense of disconnect from modern-day life – a feature that makes them attractive to many buyers.
  5. Check out the source of your drinking water (well, lake, and or municipal). If your water is sourced from a well, ask if it’s ever dried out. Regardless of water source, a water purity test should be conducted as part of your vacation property inspection.
  6. Is the road to your cabin maintained year round? Having the option of drive-in access is preferable, especially in winter months.
  7. If you have a waterfront cabin, what are the municipal restrictions for building both docks (square footage and length) and new boathouses (height and square footage)?
  8. Find out if your garbage will be picked up or do you have to deliver it to a dumpsite. While an adventure the first time, the novelty can slowly wear off and may impact the value of your property for those interested in curbside pick-up.
  9. When buying a vacation property, consider cost (gasoline), time and traffic as part of your recreational experience.
  10. Remember to consider resale should you ever need to sell it.  Do you think that your cabin offers enough perks for someone else to want to purchase it.

South Metro Market


Being in real estate is definitely a line of work that keeps me on my toes and looking at the papers, internet & talking with other agents quit often.  Especially in the market we are in.  With the number of foreclosures, short sales and some just trying to do a regular sale, keeps me always looking to educate myself so my clients get top notch service, knowledge and answers to their questions that are to the best of my knowledge.  With that is knowing what is available on the market and what my clients needs are.

Let’s look at a high demand neighborhood that many thought they could never live in.  I will not say you can purchase a home for pennies on the dollar by any means, but have you looked at the prices lately in The Wilds Neighborhood Golf community?  Well, don’t waste another second…they are INCREDIBLE!   To live in a neighborhood that centers around one of the top golf course in America, close to recreational endeavors, small town feel but only minutes from bit town living, a short community to the Mall of America and so much more.

Here are some examples:

3 bedroom, 3 bath executive townhouse on the golf course sold just over 6 years ago for $380,000.00.  Well, believe it or not this home is now pending to be sold with a list price of $275,000.00.  Did I mention pending? Yes, it is going to be closed and word on the street is it will be lower than the list price even.

Single family home is what you are looking for? There are the same sort of deals out there as the one mentioned above.  Some are on the course, some have pools & some well you would just gasp if you saw what they offered on the inside!

So, when THE SPIRITS TO MOVE, hits you…contact Vickie Gylling at RE/MAX Advantage Plus or check out her website at www.VickieGylling.com and get quality service, knowledge & care you deserve when making such a decision.