Boost Your Cabin’s Curb Appeal and Increase Sales

By Paisley Hansen

Do you take care to make sure your home has great curb appeal? Do you go the extra mile to ensure it’s neat, clean, and tastefully decorated? Whether you’re doing this for value reasons or purely aesthetic, curb appeal is a real thing. Impressions matter.

The same goes for places of business, especially cabins. What’s even more important here is that a good first impression will typically lead to future sales, positive word of mouth, and an overall good reputation.

Deciding on what to improve while also working with the resources you have available is a great start. In order to increase your cabin sales, making sure your property reflects all you have to offer is essential. Here are three ways to boost its curb appeal.

Spruce Up the Landscaping

No matter where your cabin is located, chances are it has some sort of landscaping surrounding it. One of the biggest mistakes made at properties is not regularly maintaining this space.

It’s important to remember that landscape care should reach far beyond the basics, such as lawn maintenance. Taking a good look at the bigger picture, such as in how you can beautify, clean up or transform will be helpful here.

Utilizing professional services for Utah tree removal could help tackle the larger, more complicated jobs while ensuring your cabin’s landscaping is kept clean, attractive, and safe.

If you haven’t done so yet, fill window boxes and planter boxes with bright and beautiful flowers, greenery, or other seasonal items. These are a perfect investment because you can use them year-round. This is a great way to impart nature and color, especially if you don’t have the space for full gardens around your property.

Create an Inviting and Easy-Access Environment 

One thing travelers are generally drawn to is a cabin that’s inviting and easily accessible. While the location of your property will ultimately play a large part in determining what you have to work with, there are always things you can do to make things as close to perfect as possible.

In addition to keeping your parking areas in good condition, having ample and easy-to-read signage and lighting around the property is essential. This will cut down on potential frustration upon arrival and give your guests a great first impression of your cabin.

Looking at your property from the perspective of a traveler is a helpful exercise. Think about all of the things that make staying at a cabin pleasant and do your best to implement them on your own. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond. Remember — first impressions are everything, especially in the hospitality industry.

Refresh and Renew Regularly

Not only is regular maintenance at your cabin important to its curb appeal, but it’s also necessary to maintain its integrity and reputation as well.

Time has a way of showing its face everywhere. Think about layers of dust and dirt on windows, fading of paint on siding, cracks in sidewalks, chipped tile in entryways, or burned-out spotlights that once illuminated the side parking area. While it’s more efficient to keep up with the maintenance on these areas regularly, there might be times when additional attention is needed.

Even if you’ve contracted with professionals for routine maintenance, having supplies on hand to make quick fixes as needed is a must. Being prompt in repairs is important in the cabin business and taking matters into your own hands will be necessary at times.

Consider assigning employees to grounds duty regularly to catch potential or existing issues as well.

Taking care of your cabin and making sure it always looks its best is one of the most important things you can do. Not only will it set your property apart from the others, but it will also go a long way in establishing long-standing relationships with guests as well.

Since word-of-mouth is stronger than ever these days thanks to online reviews and social media, taking these extra steps will ensure reviews are positive and recommendations are plenty.

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband

 

 

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Be More Productive At Your Cabin

By Paisley Hansen

People look forward to summer for a variety of reasons. Kids are done with school, many work projects die down, and lake house vacations loom on the horizon. The warm weather makes it easy to sit back and relax, but what if you want to spend your summer months at the lake house being more productive? Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice the rest and relaxation that comes with warmer weather to jumpstart your productivity. Here are some tips to have your most productive summer yet.

Be Realistic

For a lot of people, the summer months include a lot of free time, but don’t get ahead of yourself just yet. In your excitement, you may try to cram in way more projects than you can realistically finish. As you struggle to make your way through these tasks, it’ll be easy to feel like you’re failing, when really you just need to re-evaluate your priorities. If you don’t want to feel discouraged by the end of June, make a list of things you want to accomplish in the summer months, and then reorder them by priority. For example, cleaning out your shed is probably something you want to accomplish while the weather is still nice, but redecorating your guest room can wait until fall.

Start Home Renovations

Summer is a great time to start home renovations, especially if you started prepping in spring. Even if you didn’t use the spring months to prepare for these types of projects, don’t lose hope. There are plenty of contractors and other renovation companies that can help even in the busy months. It’s important to consider the scope of your project before you begin, especially if you’re unsure of a budget or how much time it will take to complete these projects. If there are several projects you want to complete, it may be a good idea to start them all at once so that you’re not dealing with constant renovations as different projects start and finish. A great first project would be an in-ground pool. Just search “in ground pool cost” to get started.

A New Hobby

Summer is also a great time to try a new hobby that you’ve always wanted to try. You can use this time to learn a new language or a new craft from the comfort of your own home. If you’re looking to get out into the local community, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available. If you decide to get that new pool, you and your family can start a whole bunch of new water-related hobbies for the days you don’t feel like going to the lake.

Try Different Schedules

If you were careful to give yourself some realistic productivity goals this summer but you aren’t seeing the results you wanted, it could be that some elements of your environment need to change. For example, maybe your kids need more structured outdoor time so that you have the freedom to clear out the attic, or your spouse should be willing to cook on the grill one or two nights a week so you can swim instead of cleaning the dishes. Communication is key when you live with others, and this helps to make sure that everyone gets the summer they wanted.

Relax

You may not need to be told twice, but it truly is important to relax. If you become so concerned with being productive that you never take a moment to rest, The chances of you actually being productive start to plummet. You need rest and relaxation to recharge your brain, keep your energy up, and think about problems you’re having from different, objective perspectives. Every day, take some time to be present and grounded in the moment.  Summer will be over before you know it!

Summer is a great time to knock out some goals, but don’t let productivity be the deciding factor in whether or not your time at the lake house was a success. Try something new, treat yourself, and spend some time with family for a well-rounded summer you’ll always remember.

 

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband.

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Should You Move Permanently to Your Lake Home?

By Ainsley Lawrence

There comes a point in many of our lives when we decide to focus more on our health, happiness, and self-fulfillment. This is often when people take more vacations and begin to slash items off of their bucket lists. Some decide to take their love of non-work life even further by buying a vacation property that they can visit when the daily hustle and bustle of life becomes too much. Those who really want to make a change may decide to ditch their primary residence altogether and just live from the vacation home.

For those who are facing this decision, it is not as easy as just packing up and living out of your second home. You will need to decide what to do with your primary residence, how you can move the contents of an entire home, and most importantly, you need to think about why you want to live at your vacation house in the first place. We are here to help with some important considerations and tips to make the transition easier.

When Do You Know You’re Ready?

The question of whether or not you should move into your vacation home depends entirely on you and how your life is going at this point. First, you should think about how often you’re currently using your vacation home. To qualify as a primary residence, some states require that you live there the majority of the year. If you are already doing that at your vacation home, then you might as well make it official.

You should also consider the weather and how it will help you enjoy your life. Many people choose a vacation home in a warmer climate because they like the warmth and the fun beach activity it provides. In addition to the entertainment aspect, warm weather has also been shown to help with arthritis, bone health, and vitamin D levels while also providing better overall energy. If you are older or face any similar conditions, a permanent move to the warmer climate of your vacation home may be best.

Many people with vacation homes avoid making a permanent move because they would be moving further from their job. If you work in an office, you may want to stay put, but if you can work remotely, as many people are these days, then you can potentially work from anywhere. You would just need to make sure that your vacation home has proper internet access. If you are in retirement mode, you could move and work side jobs in your free time. This could include freelance writing, dog walking, or driving for delivery service.

Important Considerations

If you have checked several of the boxes above and you are seriously thinking about moving to your vacation home, you next need to consider a few important factors. First, what will you do with your primary residence? You have many options here. You could sell your home and use the money you earn to pay the mortgage on your vacation home. You could also rent out your current primary residence to continue earning money to pay off your vacation home. Either way, you will want to create a budget and look at the financial implications of either decision.

While you are looking at your financials, you should also consider the costs of living in the area of your vacation home. If it is located in a place like California, will you be able to afford the higher price of living? On the other side of the coin, you could also be moving to a place where you will pay less, especially in state taxes. For example, states like Nevada and Florida have no state taxes, while California and Hawaii have the highest in the nation. Work these numbers into your budget to see if you can still afford it.

You are also going to want to think about the needs of your family while living in this vacation home. Many vacation spots are fairly remote and won’t have immediate access to the big box and retail stores that you are accustomed to at your primary residence.

Also, think about work and school. If you are going to work remotely, will you have adequate office space to do so? If not, you may have to build an addition to the home. Do you have space and a budget for that? Will you have sufficient internet coverage? What about the kids? Moving to a new school is not always easy for them. That is assuming that there is an adequate school to attend near the home in the first place. Talk with your family about all of these considerations before you make your final decision.

Tips for A Successful Move

If you have weighed the pros and cons and you have decided to move permanently to your vacation house, then you are halfway there. The second half of the equation is deciding how you will move all of your belongings to the new home, especially if you are selling your existing property.

Start planning as early as possible. How do you plan to transport your stuff? Are you going to rent a truck or hire movers to do it all for you? If you are on a budget, you might consider moving during the winter when rentals are cheaper. Also, start gathering boxes wherever you can find them. You can try the grocery or liquor stores as they typically have larger boxes to spare.

If you have pets, you will need to consider them as well. You may have to crate train them ahead of time so they are safe and comfortable during the actual move. You should also research to ensure that there is a veterinarian near where you are going to live.

Those who are selling their previous house and moving to a smaller vacation dwelling will probably need to consider what items they have space for and what may not make the trip. Go through each room and determine what you don’t need. In the kitchen, get rid of all expired food and donate cookware that you no longer use. Go through your closets and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the last six months. Determine which kids’ toys are no longer of use. Make your load lighter by getting rid of these items.

In the end, the decision to move to your vacation home is something that you need to decide for yourself. Consider the factors discussed above, and if the outlook looks good, you might be ready for a change.

 

Ainsley Lawrence is a freelance writer with an interest in business, technology, good health, and beautiful places. She is frequently lost in a good book.

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How to Best Manage Your Cabin

By Craig Middleton

For many a yearly trip to the cabin is an important part of their yearly routine. This yearly pilgrimage is a time to unwind and relax so they can better face the realities and stresses of everyday life. It’s a time of bonding and family togetherness. That’s why the way you manage and run your cabin is so important. There are a few key things you should be doing to make your guests’ lives better and help give them memories to last a lifetime.

It’s All About the Little Things

First, offer a quality experience through the little touches. This could be anything from remembering your returning guest’s favorite dessert and making sure it’s on the menu or hearing your guests talk about their love of macaroni and cheese and put it on tomorrow’s dinner menu.

It can extend past food too. Do any of your guests love to canoe? Have canoes available on property for guest use. The more you can offer special touches that create memorable experiences, the more meaningful this trip becomes to those you’re entertaining.

Make Meals a Highlight

Meals can be one of the most hectic times for staff, but you don’t want that feeling to extend to your guests. Whether you have a set menu every night or are cooking multiple items, make sure your staff knows the ins and outs of the menu. Utilizing a restaurant supply store to purchase in bulk or to purchase restaurant-grade equipment will make things easier on your chefs and wait staff. When things go easier for staff, customers feel that and have a more relaxed experience.

Hire the Right People

This is really true for all staff, not just kitchen and wait staff. Make sure your staff are well taken care of and treated well so they are in the right mindset to offer your customers the best service possible. Hire people who like people. The more staff can relate and connect with guests, the better the guest experience will be. Look for people who want to go the extra mile to give your guests the best experience and reward them when they do something special for a guest. Both your guests and your staff will appreciate it.

As well as hiring staff that is customer-oriented and friendly, hire staff that knows the area and have varied interests. Whether they’ve grown up near your cabin or simply take a lot of pride in the local community, these types of staff will be able to provide insider information to guests. Additional hiring someone with a vast knowledge of fishing will be able to offer tips about where the fish bite best or the best type of bait. Hiring an avid hiker will give you someone that can provide knowledgeable information about local trails and wildlife. These types of information will offer a personal touch that will make your guests feel welcome at the cabin and in the local community.

Attention to Detail is Key

Staff should also have keen attention to detail, especially when it comes to cleanliness. Many guests rate cleanliness pretty highly on their list of priorities when it comes to where they’re staying. It’s often one of the first things people mention when recommending a cabin or hotel to a friend. Often, old or outdated furnishings will be overlooked in favor of cleanliness and comfort.

Comfort is almost as important to consider as cleanliness. Make sure sheets and linens are high quality. Mattresses and couches should be so comfortable that guests look forward to getting on them each day. Offer plenty of patio and deck furniture as well. You want it to be easy and comfortable for your guests to lounge lakeside or poolside.

Invest in Amenities

Finally, invest in amenities that will set you apart from the competition. Strike a deal with nearby attractions, like golf courses or fitness centers if you don’t have one on-site so you can offer these amenities to your guests. Invest in an outdoor fire pit or jet skis that your guests can use. Have books and games around for guests to indulge in at their leisure.

No matter how you do it, remember that your guests are looking to escape when they’re staying at your cabin. Give them an experience they’ll remember and want to come back to for years to come.

 

Craig has worked in health, real estate, and HR businesses for most of his professional career. He graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When he’s not creating content or advising clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife. 

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Building an Energy Efficient Cabin

By Paisley Hansen

Living in an eco-friendly way is a growing concern for people all over the world. More people are seeing living green as an important lifestyle change to make. While these changes are mostly talked about in relation to large corporations and private homes, trying to implement these changes in vacation homes can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and help take care of the environment. If you like relaxing at the lake, building a lake house or cabin might be your next exciting vacation option. Here are some tips to help you build a lakehouse that is not only a picture-perfect vacation spot but also very energy efficient.

Install Solar Panels

One of the most common ways to increase energy efficiency is to install solar panels. Solar panels are a collection of photovoltaic cells that use the sun’s rays as a source of energy and then turn them into electricity. To maximize the effectiveness of the solar panels, consider how much sunlight exposure your house gets and the orientation of the house in relation to the sun. Regardless of these factors, the overall benefits of solar panels can be very worthwhile when trying to conserve energy. Not only does installing solar panels Greensboro NC help you save money by reducing your energy costs, but it also helps in reducing your carbon footprint.

Build an Eco-Friendly Roof

Even the way you build your roof can have an effect on how energy efficient your idyllic lakehouse can be. Choosing an eco-friendly roofing material such as slate tiles can be a great option because they are durable and last for many years. It is also a material that helps to keep the house cooler so that you don’t have to use the air conditioner all the time. Certain roofing systems can even help you conserve water by collecting rainwater for later use.

Make Use of Green Materials

When deciding on what materials to use when building your lakehouse, make sure to use building materials that are environmentally friendly. Green materials include those that are made with renewable resources. Things to consider include whether the resources are recycled and reusable and if they are available locally so as to avoid using a lot of energy for transportation.

Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances

Large appliances like water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers, and air conditioners can consume a lot of energy. By investing in high-efficiency appliances, you can save a lot of money on utility bills and you can reduce how much energy your lakehouse consumes.

Remember the Importance of Insulation

When building your lakehouse, remember that some of the most important factors in maximizing energy are the insulation and the thermal envelope of the home. The thermal envelope will help keep the inside of your lakehouse cool in the summer and warm in the winter, minimizing how much energy is used in controlling the temperature. To make sure your lakehouse is as efficient as possible, have a blower door test done to find any air leaks in the envelope.

A Few General Tips

Lastly, a few general things to consider when making design decisions for your lake house or cabin. While probably a rather obvious idea, if you don’t need a huge amount of space, go for a smaller, more compact design. The less area your heating or cooling systems have cover, the better. Your choice of windows and lighting can also have a big impact on efficiency. Choose to install the most efficient windows and lighting fixtures you can find.

As concerns over the state of our environment grow, the desire to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle has become a more common goal. While some corporations attempt to implement positive changes, more and more people are trying to make changes in their own homes and even while on vacation. If you are building your dream lakehouse, make sure to consider these tips so that you can have the most energy-efficient vacation spot possible.

 

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband.

 

 

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Guide to Cabin & Log Home Appraisals

 

By Beau Peters

Whether you’re buying oming – unless you’re a professional. When it comes to log homes and cabins, that process takes on even more factors to consider.

What’s so different about appraising a log home or cabin? First, appraisals are often largely based on similar properties. While the beauty of a cabin is its uniqueness, that can make it hard for an appraiser to have something to compare it to.

Additionally, they might have a hard time finding other reference points for any “special features” a cabin has. That could include things like a wood-burning stove or even the materials used to build it.

But, just because cabins and log homes are different doesn’t mean the appraisal process is impossible.

If you’re interested in selling your current cabin or log home or you’re in the market for one, let’s cover a few things you should know about how they are appraised and what should be considered a “red flag” as a buyer.

Why are Cabins Different?

If you plan on selling your log home, you need to get it appraised. But, as we touched on above, it’s not always that simple. Cabins and log homes are different because they tend to focus on different, very specialized needs. They’re usually far away from other homes. They’re often custom-built. They may have some upgrades and some things that haven’t been changed in decades.

You can make the appraisal process easier on yourself by hiring the right person for the job. If you’re not sure how to find an appraiser you’re sure will work with you throughout the whole process, keep these tips in mind:

  • Don’t automatically use a real estate agent’s referral
  • Look for trusted candidates with plenty of online reviews
  • Favor those with credentials
  • Look for someone trained in appraising cabins

If you’re able to find someone who specializes or works closely with log homes, that might be your best solution. They’ll know exactly what to look for and how much things are worth. Be prepared to get a lower number than you might have expected. But, consider that number a jumping-off point. You can make upgrades and changes from that point to attract more buyers and boost your home’s value.

How to Increase the Value of Your Appraisal

If you’re trying to sell your cabin, you can offset some of the headaches of an appraisal by consciously increasing the value of your home. Be sure you have documentation of every upgrade and custom feature in your home. You might have initially made additions or upgrades when you moved in, especially if you’ve been using it as a getaway home, and keeping a list of these contributes to the appraisal value of the home.

But, selling it to appeal to someone else is different. Think about curb appeal and what is going to make buyers interested in offering your asking price (or more!).

Some of the best ways to boost the value of your appraisal include:

  • Maintaining your landscaping
  • Powerwash/replace the siding of a cabin
  • Adding outdoor lights
  • Renovating the kitchen
  • Add bedrooms/bathrooms

If your cabin or log home is in a rural area, it’s also a good idea to make sure everything is up-to-date and well-maintained. People like the idea of being away from the noise of a city. But, not at the expense of an outdated cabin. Upgrade things like your HVAC system and insulation. Take care of any plumbing issues to ensure there aren’t any leaks or hot water problems. Those upgrades will be included in your appraisal, and potential buyers will feel more confident in making an offer.

What to Look Out for as a Buyer

If you’re in the market for a cabin or log home, it’s just as crucial to know what to look for in an appraisal. It’s an appraiser’s job to report on the overall condition of a home, including the “bones.”

They’ll assess each room and look at everything from light fixtures to the quality of the interior paint. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you read every detail of their report before you buy. If the appraisal seems low, chances are there’s a good reason.

Keep in mind that the sellers receive a copy of their appraisal. So, they should be taking every opportunity to boost their home value. Whether they up their curb appeal or make necessary interior upgrades, don’t be afraid to ask questions and do your research when it comes to things that have changed.

Common red flags on an appraisal report include evidence of water damage, structural issues, or problems with the electrical or plumbing systems that could cause a headache later on. When you know what to look for and understand that the appraisal needs to be in line with the selling price, you can make a more informed decision.

Getting a log home or cabin accurately appraised doesn’t have to be difficult. Embrace the differences. Know what you’re getting into, whether you plan on selling or buying. The more you know about the appraisal process, the easier it will be to feel confident in your choices.

 

Beau Peters is a creative professional with a lifetime of experience in service and care. As a manager, he’s learned a slew of tricks of the trade that he enjoys sharing with others who have the same passion and dedication that he brings to his work. When he is not writing, he enjoys reading and trying new things.

 

 

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Activities for Your Family Reunion at the Cabin

By Craig Middleton

Family reunions are wonderful opportunities to reconnect and catch up with your loved ones. It can be tough to stay current with what everyone is up to when people are scattered about in different locations, and preoccupied with the day-to-day details of life.

When the time comes to finally get together in person, make it an enjoyable time that is meaningful and fun for everyone. A reunion should have plenty of enjoyable activities to help you get to know your family again, meet new additions, and relax and spend some quality time together. A rural cabin is the perfect setting for a great reunion experience. Here are a few suggestions to keep everyone involved and happy.

Staying Cool

Summertime is usually the preferred time to come together. The warm weather allows for more outdoor ventures for a broader range of interests, but all that heat can get bothersome. Having a pool at your cabin is the perfect solution to cool off after spending time in the hot sun.

Grown-ups and kids alike will enjoy floating in the water or getting into a friendly competition of pool volleyball or another game. If you don’t already have a swimming pool, then pool builders near me can help you find the perfect solution. It’s something that the whole family will enjoy for years.

Picnic Time

Food is always a big part of a reunion. Creating favorite dishes to share with those you love is a tradition. When so many people are involved, keep it simple and still delicious, by hosting a picnic. Each family can contribute something to make a memorable meal. Assign specific dishes or categories in advance to make it easier to keep track of what will be needed.

Games

Games are always a crowd-pleaser at reunions. Team sports can help channel some excess energy, especially for the kids, so everyone is ready for quieter bonding time later on. You can even set up some outdoor tables and have board games and decks of cards available to encourage smaller groups to play.

At a reunion, most people end up answering the same questions repeatedly. You can make sure that everyone present gets to hear all the exciting news by making it a group activity. While a newsletter can get the job done, a trivia-type game is a fun twist. Personalize the questions so everyone can learn what their family members have been up to recently.

Activities for the Kids

Don’t forget to organize some games and activities for the kids. A scavenger hunt is always a good choice. Whether they play on teams, or individually, a list of items to discover and find is a reunion favorite.

Have a craft table and supplies handy for some hands-on artistic expression. Most kids love to make things, and this is a good alternative to have in case of bad weather, or when their energy is running low.

Outdoor Movie

Once evening comes, everyone is likely ready for some quieter activities. An outdoor movie can be a good way to stay together as a group while resting from the day’s event. Organize an inflatable screen, hang a sheet, or even project the movie directly on the side of the cabin to give everyone an unforgettable experience.

Fireside Chat

Is there anything better than sitting around a crackling campfire? No reunion is complete without some time for a heart-to-heart conversation, and a fire is the best place to do that. The soothing and relaxed atmosphere invites genuine talks where families can catch up on what they’ve been missing in each other’s lives and share stories from the past.

Take Photos

The time you spend with your family is precious, so make sure you take plenty of pictures to remember the reunion. You can make copies to share with everyone or even create a community site where everyone can upload the photos they have taken and select their favorites to print out and frame at home.

A family reunion should be centered around meaningful interactions with your loved ones. Leave out any stress and worry by planning some meals and activities in advance, so you can relax at the cabin and enjoy spending time together.

 

 

Craig has worked in health, real estate, and HR businesses for most of his professional career. He graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When he’s not creating content or advising clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife. 

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Delegate Some of Your Rental Cabin Responsibilities

By Craig Middleton

Owning a cabin can be fun and lucrative. However, a lot of work goes along with the ownership. If you are getting tired of doing it all yourself, it might be time to delegate some of the responsibility.

 Is the Problem Really an Emergency?

When you own a cabin (or several of them), you can be sure to hear from the people renting them. Can you really answer all the calls and handle all the problems yourself or do you need help?

Sometimes vacationers renting a cabin enjoy the idea of being in the woods more than the reality of it. If they are city dwellers, any number of things could make them panic and call the manager. You could potentially spend a lot of time talking to renters.

Property maintenance services could take this heavy burden off your shoulders, always or just at specified times. A good service can handle almost everything with a little preparation from you.

Suppose there is a rodent in the cabin. You will already have informed the service where the traps are located so there will be no need to bother you. More serious things like no water, are problems you really need to know about.

When you get the important calls, you can then decide if you need to fix the problem yourself or if it’s time to call a professional.

What About Off-Season?

Do you want to visit each of your cabins every day during the off-season? You will need to check both the outside and inside of each one and make sure there are no leaks, broken windows, wildlife invasions or downed trees.

Maybe this is your routine and you love doing it, or maybe you’d rather be doing something else every day. Many people, especially those who live in the city and need a break from the corporate world are lining up for property caretaker positions.

Sometimes, these caretakers aren’t even expecting pay. The chance to get away from it all is enough for them. It seems like the perfect alternative to either worrying about the property or visiting it every day yourself.

What About Opening and Closing the Cabin?

When the cabin was first yours, it might have been fun to air it out every spring and make any needed repairs. Likewise, there might have been a sense of peace in the fall when you raked the leaves away from the property and did the proper chores like turning off the water and covering the furniture with plastic.

Putting the cabin to bed before winter requires climbing onto the roof to check for loose shingles or to remove branches. It also involves maneuvering into tight spaces to get to the water shut-offs and electrical panels.

A groundskeeper or property manager might be what you need to help with these twice-yearly tasks. Try to find one that can also do a bit of carpentry, if necessary.

What About Finding Renters?

Maybe it used to be easy to keep your cabins filled all season by just posting a notice at the local grocery store or placing an ad in the local paper.

You could do a lot better with the help of a real estate agent who specializes in rentals. Realtors know the market and how much people will be willing to pay in rent. They will also know where people who like to rent in your area live the rest of the year and will advertise there.

In addition, they can save you the trouble of checking references and will make sure all of your tenants are trustworthy.

If your rental property responsibilities are starting to overwhelm you, it may be time to look for help. The internet is full of people looking to do the jobs you need to be done.

It’s just a matter of putting your perfect team together and your life will get a lot easier.

 

Craig has worked in health, real estate, and HR businesses for most of his professional career. He graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When he’s not creating content or advising clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife. 

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Prepare for an Emergency at Your Cabin

By Paisley Hansen

Living in a remote cabin out in nature is a dream, but isolation does have some disadvantages. Cabin owners can have a hard time during emergencies like natural disasters, but there are things you can do to lessen your risk of danger and damage to your property. If you want to prepare your new cabin for an emergency, here are some steps you can take.

Know Your Area

You should get to know the potential dangers of your area before moving in, because this can impact things like your insurance. You should know how close you are to water, if the area gets a lot of tornadoes, hurricanes, or floods. This can help you protect your house early and can greatly impact your emergency plan. Where is the closest hospital, fire department, or emergency shelter? Do you have neighbors nearby that you can rely on for help? Who takes care of emergency alerts?

Know Your Home

An emergency can bring to light just how much you don’t know about your cabin. Do you know how to work your drawout circuit breaker? Do you know how to turn your water off? In case you lose power or heat, do you know how to use your fireplace safely? This is also the time to figure out which bathroom you’ll use to store water and check if your basement sump pump is working. In case of a tornado, where will you hide and wait? Decide where you want to keep all your emergency supplies and choose someplace accessible. If you have a large house, it can be difficult or even dangerous to run around gathering important paperwork and canned food.

Stock Up

It’s never a bad idea to stock up on food and other items you can use in an emergency. Canned and dry goods last a long time and are relatively cheap. If you’ve got a camper stove, you can even make some pretty tasty meals. Don’t forget to buy and store clean water as well. Many people choose bottled water or gallon jugs, but canned water often has a longer expiration date. If you have a generator, you may want to keep some gas in stock, which can also be used for your car if you need to leave. Ideally, you’ll have a chance to fill up your car if you have prior warning.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Everyone’s emergency kit is likely to look a little different. You should have the basics, like a first aid kit, flashlights, candles, lighters, batteries, a radio, and a small tool set. Items like plastic sheeting, whistles, and maps of the area will come in handy if you need to leave your home. Gather your important documents, or copies of documents, in a waterproof document bag or box. It’s also not a bad idea to have some cash on hand.

In case you need to leave quickly, pack everything in a high quality bag or backpack with a change of clothes for everyone in your household, and don’t forget an extra pair of socks!. Throw in some other warm weather clothes if you have room. Even summer nights can get cold, especially in a storm.

Have a Plan

Having an emergency plan in place means you don’t have to panic or think about what to do when an emergency strikes. Know where to grab your bag, how to turn off your power and water, and several emergency routes to take out on the road. If you have a family, you may want to consider a special word that lets everyone know to gather in a specific room. You may even want to give each kid their own bag. You can also collaborate with neighbors so that your children know where to go if their parents aren’t there.

Emergencies can be terrifying, especially if they’re sudden. When you take the time to know your surroundings and prepare accordingly, you can react faster and more safely when disaster strikes.

 

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband.

 

 

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What To Consider When Building Your Perfect Mountain Cabin

By Mikkie Mills

You’ve bought a plot of land in the mountains, and now it’s time to build your dream cabin. Here are some of the things to think about before designing your perfect alpine home.

How Much Square Footage Will You Need?

Before you start drawing up plans, determine how big (or small) you need your cabin to be. If your cabin will be your primary residence, you’ll typically want more space than you would if you’re only using it for weekend getaways. Tiny and cozy might be quaint, but it’s probably not practical if your cabin needs to function as a traditional home. Things like adequate storage space, a laundry area and a fully-equipped kitchen are some of the necessities you’re likely to need if you’re going to be living in your cabin full time.

Also, think about how many people will be staying in your mountain cabin on a regular basis. Hosting more adult visitors generally means you’ll need more bedrooms, while children can typically sleep in one room if it’s set up dorm-style or with bunk beds. You’ll also want to be sure to have enough bathrooms to accommodate everyone. All of these things should factor in when determining how big your cabin should be.

What Will You Want in Your Outdoor Space?

Although the climate where your mountain cabin is located may not permit outdoor activities year-round, in spring, summer and fall you’ll likely be able to spend a lot of time outdoors. Adding a pool can help you enjoy your surroundings and cool off during the summer months, so before you break ground consult pool builders near me to find out if this is a good option for your site. A hot tub might also be a great addition for warming up outdoors on cool winter evenings.

Think about what else you’d like to feature around your cabin. A play area for the kids could keep your little ones out of your hair, or you might benefit from building a shed to store equipment, supplies or firewood. Maybe you’d like to set aside some land for gardening in the spring, or perhaps having a complete outdoor kitchen is part of your mountain cabin dream. Even if your vision isn’t so grandiose, you’ll likely want to plan for at least a bit of outdoor space that will include comfortable seating and a fire pit. That way you and your guests can gather under the stars for cozy conversations and toasty s’mores.

How Should Your Cabin Be Situated?

Another key consideration is where to place and how to orient your cabin on your plot of land. Try to spend time on your property in both the morning and the evening, so you can get a feel for how the sun and the wind move through the area. If you plan to mount solar panels on your cabin to generate energy, you’ll want to choose a spot with good sun exposure.

You’ll also want to think about the views you’d like to have from each room, and whether you’d like to gaze on open expanses or mountain foliage. Don’t forget to take into account the terrain of the area you plan to build on; if it’s particularly hilly, you may need to find some space that’s more level. Otherwise, you might have to make costly design choices to incorporate sloped or uneven ground. Finally, give thought to how isolated you want your cabin to be; although you may enjoy solitude, for safety’s sake you shouldn’t be too far away from roads so you can be reached if there’s an emergency.

Before breaking ground on your dream mountain cabin, give some thought to a few key factors. Taking time to determine how much space you’ll need indoors and out, how you’ll use that space and how you can best place your cabin on your plot will help you make smart choices that you can enjoy for years to come.

 

Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on natural health cures and news, budgeting hacks, and favorite DIY projects. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her little ones around or can be found rock climbing at her local climbing gym.

 

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