Keep Your Cabin and Family Safe

By Craig Middleton

Cabins are a great place to go when the whole family needs to get away from it all or for some serious writing or painting time by yourself. Although most of your time there will be peaceful and happy, things can go wrong.

New Construction or Repairs

If possible, before building or repairing your cabin, make sure the roads are passable, that either a cell phone or landline is working and that there is nearby emergency help if needed.

Since all of your equipment has been stored in this location, maybe for years, take stock of what you’ll need to do whatever work you have planned. Make sure things like ladders are still sturdy and not likely to break on you.

Accidents can happen when you don’t have the correct equipment and need to improvise or “make do” with what you have.

No one likes to imagine accidents, but if they happen closer to civilization, there are usually family or neighbors around to get you help. If you’re away from it all, you need to be super cautious.

Thankfully, if you ever do need emergency assistance, some EMTs are now using electronic patient care reporting or ePCR. This eliminates the need for them to spend a lot of time on paperwork. It can also be used to get a report ready for the hospital.

This is a good idea for many reasons, but the most important one is that your emergency care providers can spend more time concentrating on you.


Naturally, you can’t just lock the door of your cabin in October and expect it to be in perfect condition when you return in May. You need to close it up properly. Taking time to do this can save you a lot of work or money when you return.

To prevent a fire, you will need to rake dry leaves away from the cabin, in fact, they need to be at least 30 feet away from the outside walls. Any leftover firewood needs to be stored that far away as well.

Next on the list is leak prevention. Shut off the water outside, where it enters the cabin. Even a small drip can totally flood a cabin over the winter. Inside, make sure the water pipes are all emptied out to prevent freezing.

Animals can also cause a huge mess if they decide to explore or even take up residence inside. First, don’t leave any food at all in your cabin. Forest creatures have a much better sense of smell than humans do and they will try very hard to get in if anything smells appealing to them.

Don’t store anything like birdseed for your feeders either. This would be very attractive to mice and you certainly don’t want to be overrun with them when you come back.

You could set some mouse traps around, but then you run the risk of returning to a cabin that has been permeated by the scent of a dead rodent. A better idea would be to place fabric softener sheets or mothballs along the walls to discourage them from coming in.

Inside, unplug everything electrical since one stray lightning bolt could ruin everything. Also, crack open the refrigerator door once you’ve removed everything and unplugged it.

One last thing is to put plastic sheeting over the beds and furniture. If the roof leaks or an animal decides to make your bed their home, your furniture might still be saved.

Closing up properly can avoid a big mess to clean up or even the loss of your cabin.


Return cautiously and be prepared for discoveries of any kind such as wildlife in the cabin or chimney, a power outage due to a downed line somewhere, or wet and smelly bedding. Make a checklist and stick to it.

After a bit of cleanup and plugging things back in, however, don’t waste your whole first day working. Schedule in some fun too!


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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Best Activities To Do at a Cabin

By Mikkie Mills

A quiet and peaceful cabin nestled into the trees along the lakeshore or in a remote mountain retreat is an idyllic getaway place that will help you relax and restore your body, mind, and soul. There is nothing better than leaving behind the hustle and bustle of regular life and visiting a cozy cabin that is perfect for some alone time or bonding with your family or friends. If you’ve been stressed out lately and need a break, then an escape to the woods may be exactly what you need right now. Cuddle up with your significant other or plan a friends’ weekend away. No matter the company you choose, your cabin vacation will have endless opportunities to recharge and find some tranquility.

Outdoor Recreation

A cabin is the ideal lodging when you want to get away from the city and bask in nature. You can choose to go rustic or luxurious, but the appeal is the same. The silence and seclusion is a welcome respite from the constant activity and emotional drain of everyday stressors. You can stay at a place located in the mountains where you have plenty of opportunities for hiking, or choose a lakeside place if you enjoy fishing and boating. Having a cabin of your own to escape to whenever you need it can be a huge incentive for building your own, tailored to your own specifications and desires. You could look into pool builders near me to install a swimming pool to enjoy after a long day in the sun or invest in an ATV to explore the trails in the forest.


A secluded cabin is the absolute perfect place to go when you simply need to relax. You can spend countless hours sitting outside on the porch enjoying the breeze through the forest or curl up inside with a blanket and finally make time to read that book you’ve been looking forward to. The responsibilities that you have to deal with each day will fall away and you just enjoy yourself.

Sit By the Fire

A crackling fire in the fireplace or outside in the firepit is a great accompaniment to cabin life. During the colder weather, you can snuggle by a roaring fire inside. The ambiance is unmatched and can provide hours to simply gaze at the flames or enjoy a quiet conversation. An outdoor fire is equally enjoyable. A firepit that is stocked with plenty of wood ready to burn is a must-have for any cabin. A fire can be a fun way to cook your dinner and make it taste extra delicious. It’s also a terrific place to gather around with your family and friends to socialize. You can roast marshmallows while sharing stories and talking about what is going on in your life.

Connect With Nature

The location of your cabin should be easily accessible, but provide you with some amount of privacy. You can choose a cabin that is part of a community or build someway that is completely isolated. This all depends on your level of comfort with nature and being on your own. Wherever your cabin is situated, it should provide you with an opportunity to spend time in nature. It’s a known fact that nature is healing. Just being in the outdoors can refresh your spirit and clear your mind. You can engage in any number of outside activities to strengthen your body as well, but don’t discount the power of allowing yourself time to just connect with the beauty of nature that surrounds you.

Enjoy the Company of Loved Ones

A cabin is an outstanding venue to spend quality time with the people you love. The fewer distractions mean that you can fully engage with each other and be present in the moment. If you have a dog, you can take them for long walks or bring them down to play in the water. Your furry friend will also enjoy the cabin experience and be a huge fan of repeat visits!

Once you experience all of the joys that a cabin can offer, you will be eager to return again and again. Make a point to take time out of your busy life to retreat to your cabin refuge with the people that matter the most.


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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Building and Decorating a Cabin



By Mikkie Mills

Building and decorating a vacation cabin for yourself or as a rental is exciting yet daunting. You want to be sure your cabin is comfortable but different enough from home so that you really feel like you’ve gone somewhere special. Putting just the right touches on the cabin can help create the atmosphere of wonder that should permeate every vacation spot.

Outdoor Features

When building a cabin, you should not skimp on outdoor features. After all, spending time in nature is the main reason people chose this type of get-away. Pay special attention to outdoor furniture so that it’s comfortable and weather-resistant. Hammocks are lovely touches as are fire rings or fire pits. Hang some bird feeders around the property to encourage migrating songbirds to stop by and show off. To make the space really luxurious, look into pool builders near me for a hot tub or cocktail pool that will be enjoyed by all the guests after a hike in the woods. Keep the outdoor lights to a minimum so that stargazing is possible.


Cabins of yore often featured few windows because panes of glass were so difficult to get to remote places. Luckily, this isn’t the case anymore. Modern cabins should feature large picture windows so that even when you’re inside drinking tea or playing games, you feel like you’re out in nature. Add a small shelf with birding books and binoculars as well as a window seat. You may find that you can pass the early morning or evening hours enraptured at the changing light and parade of critters.


No cabin is truly complete without a wood-burning fireplace. If you’re building your cabin as a rental, be sure to stock the firewood between each guest and include fire-starter, elaborate instructions on how to build a fire (for the city folks) and a fire extinguisher. Purchase a premium fire grate and tools to complete the look. Woodburning stoves are also a nice touch for other parts of the house where people gather like the dining room or master bedroom.


Cabin furniture should be comfortable without being prissy. Leave the antiques at the antique store and instead fill the space with overstuffed chairs and sofas that feel like luxury but look outdoorsy. Leather is a great fabric to use as it feels and smells nice but resists stains and wear. Keep your colors earthy such as browns and greens. If you want to use a pattern, look for large prints featuring towering trees or hunting dogs.


Cabins are often made with natural materials such as stone and wood which help the structure fit into their natural surroundings rather than sit apart from them. To warm up the inside, add some rustic textiles including braided throw rugs on the floors and woven blankets on the chairs. Instead of choosing a fluffy comforter for the bed, find a warm quilt that echoes the color scheme of the rest of the cabin. A log cabin quilt would fit in perfectly, but there are plenty of other patterns as well.


There are different ways you can go with your log cabin decorations, but all of them should keep to the natural motif. If you prefer something stylized, there are plenty of nature prints to choose from. You can keep it simple such as a drawing of a single leaf or make it more elaborate such as a woodland scene. If you like more rustic decorations, search area antique stores for old tools, lanterns, or maps that you can mount on the walls. Baskets can be filled with pinecones, interesting rocks, or animal bones from the property. Be sure to clean anything found outside thoroughly before bringing it in.

A cabin in the woods, on a mountainside, or by a lake can be a joyous place to visit over and over. With the right touches, it can be a true get-away from the hustle and bustle of daily life for yourself and your guests.


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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5 Cabin Camping Tips for Beginners

By Paisley Hansen

If you’re new to adventures in the great outdoors, cabin camping is a good beginning option. You get a genuine rustic experience without giving up all the comforts of home. You don’t have to worry about the tent leaking if it rains or the fuel efficiency you may lose from towing a camper or driving an RV.

All camping trips require some degree of planning to be successful, and cabin camping is no exception. Here are some of the things you have to think about before booking your cabin.

1. Check the Weather Forecast

Camping means getting away from a lot of the worries of your everyday life, such as the Con-Ed bill. However, there are some concerns that you cannot get away from, and the weather is one of them. Check the weather forecast ahead of time and pack for any weather conditions that you are likely to encounter. Remember that even when the weather during the day is very hot, the nights can still become chilly.

2. Find Out What the Cabin Includes

Some cabins are equipped with lots of homelike amenities, while others are very Spartan, providing only the basic essentials. Most campgrounds that rent cabins describe what they include on their websites or in promotional materials. Pay close attention to what will be provided in your cabin and what you have to supply for yourself. It can be very frustrating to get all the way out to your cabin and then find that you’ve left behind something important that the campground doesn’t provide.

Depending on when you go camping, you should pay particular attention to whether the cabin is equipped with heating or air conditioning. Also, bear in mind that at most campgrounds, toilets and shower facilities are separate from the cabins. If you require these facilities in your cabin, make sure to confirm this before booking.

3. Know the Requirements Regarding Pets

A family camping trip can be even more fun when it includes your dog. However, not all campgrounds allow pets in their cabins. Even if pets are allowed, you may have to pay a deposit or choose from special “pet-friendly” cabins. Find out what the rules are regarding pets before booking your cabin. Tell the campground that you want to bring your dog, and see if the staff can accommodate you. Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to bring a pet into a camping cabin in defiance of the rules. Those rules are there for a reason, and as a guest, you are expected to respect them.

4. Book Ahead of Time

Cabin camping is very popular and availability may be limited, especially during busy seasons and on weekends. When you book early, you often have your pick of the cabins, while you may have to settle for whatever is left if you wait until the last minute. Booking early is especially important if you have specific requirements, such as pet-friendliness or wheelchair accessibility.

5. Think About Your Menu

Part of the fun of camping is cooking outdoors, but you might not want to do that for every meal. Plan your meals ahead of time, varying the menu to include meals that require little or no preparation as well as those that you cook over the fire. Be sure to follow food safety guidelines as it relates to complete cooking and cold storage. If your cabin doesn’t have a refrigerator, you’ll probably have to purchase ice for your cooler. It might be a good idea to pack some non-perishable snacks and purchase meat that has already been cooked so you just have to heat it up over the fire. Nothing spoils a camping trip like a case of food poisoning.

Once you book your cabin, it is then time to plan your itinerary. Most people like to factor in time to relax in the cabin between sightseeing and outdoor activities. Your itinerary should be detailed but flexible. Remember that no time spent camping is wasted time.


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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Things to Consider When Renting Your Cabin During COVID

By Beau Peters

As a cabin owner, there are many benefits to renting out your cabin when you’re not using it. Whether you set it up for short-term or long-term rentals, now is a great time to advertise it. Thanks to COVID, more people are looking for an “escape”. While there are still certain travel restrictions in place, a relaxing cabin experience could be exactly what travelers are looking for.  Plus, with the rise in remote work, more people are able to go anywhere and still stay on top of their jobs. So, you don’t have to wait for a specific “vacation season” to see interested renters.

But, if you’ve never rented out your cabin before, there are a few things to consider. Making sure it’s in good shape, marketing it the right way, and knowing how to protect yourself and your investment are all important factors to keep in mind.

Keep it Original

Because more people are looking for ways to escape, there are going to be more cabins and homes for rent. Not only can adding some special touches to yours help it stand out but it will earn it better reviews, too.

Consider adding things that would appeal to you. Chances are, they’ll appeal to someone else, too. Little additions can go a long way, both in the interior and exterior of the home. Some creative ideas include:

  • Having a small room turned into a library/study
  • Setting out fresh toiletries for your guests
  • Setting up the home with local jams, bread, tea, and coffee
  • Offering an entertainment library with DVDs, music, and video games

When it comes to the cabin’s exterior, consider ideas that will not only add appeal, but things that could overall add value to the home. For example, you can really bump up the “woodsy” feel by planting a few trees around the cabin. Or, install a fence in the backyard so people can bring their pets to the rental and have a safe space to play with them.

It’s okay to have fun with your cabin rental, and that starts with making it more appealing. Remember, it’s a myth that you can’t stay in the cabin, yourself. As a rental owner, you can rent out your own property whenever you want when you need a little “vacation” of your own. So, make sure you enjoy whatever amenities you include, too!

Keep Things Safe

There are three things you need to focus on when it comes to safety for a cabin rental:

  1. Keeping yourself safe
  2. Keeping your renters safe
  3. Keeping the cabin itself safe

When it comes to protecting yourself, there are a few things to be aware of. Most importantly, educate yourself on the possibility of rental scams. People looking for a rental have to be aware of scams, too, and sometimes the signs are obvious. If a deal looks too good to be true or the listing has poor grammar and doesn’t seem professional, it could be someone trying to get their money and run. As a rental host, you have to be aware of some of the common red flags too, in order to make sure your listing looks as legitimate as possible. Allow people to run background checks, list your cabin through a trustworthy site, and be as transparent as possible.

Once you’ve got your place booked, keeping your renters safe should instantly become your top priority. In today’s world, that means things like having hand sanitizer in a few different places throughout the cabin, as well as hand towels and washing stations. Showing your renters that you’re taking their health and safety seriously will be a big plus. Additionally, making sure everything is clean and disinfected before a new renter comes in. Keeping the cabin as clean as possible at all times will help to prevent:

  • A buildup of dust
  • Mold growth
  • Poor indoor air quality

People might be more likely to scrutinize rental homes right now when it comes to cleanliness and safety procedures. So, make sure you keep everyone safe (including your cabin) by running a tight ship and keeping things clean. Talk to your renters about safety procedures in and around the cabin, and offer them peace of mind so they can enjoy their stay and escape reality for a while.

Know How to Advertise

You don’t have to be a marketing guru to advertise your cabin for rent. But, advertising your rental is a big part of how successful your endeavors will be. Thankfully, it’s easier than you might think.

The best place to start is by advertising your property online. There are sites specifically dedicated to cabin rentals, like LakePlace, but you can also advertise on local listing sites. It never hurts to go old school, either, and create brochures or flyers for your cabin, distributing them throughout nearby towns if you’re looking for local renters.

Once you’ve had a few people stay in your cabin, your goal should be for your advertising to start taking care of itself. Every marketer knows that word-of-mouth advertising can’t be beaten. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure your guests have a good experience. They’ll undoubtedly be leaving a review somewhere online, whether it’s on a public site or on your social media pages (which you should definitely be working on, by the way!).

The more positive reviews you have, the more likely the word will spread about how nice it is to stay in your cabin. So, you can focus more on keeping things that way, rather than devoting all of your time to marketing.

Renting a cabin out during COVID is a great idea. It gives people the chance to travel and stay somewhere safe, and it can make you a little extra income! Keep these ideas in mind to ensure your cabin rental endeavor is successful, and have fun with it.


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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8 Reasons To Consider Buying a Pool for Your Cabin

By Mikkie Mills

If your family spends a lot of time at the community pool during the summer, you have probably thought about how great it would be to have a pool in your own backyard. If you’re considering purchasing a pool for your cabin, these are eight reasons you should do it.

  1. Saves Money on Leisure

Installing a pool at your cabin is a great way to enhance any staycation experience. Instead of spending money on flights and hotel rooms, you can enjoy hours of low-cost entertainment in your very own pool. A pool is probably less expensive to install than you think. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials to fit almost any budget and there are pool financing companies that can make purchasing a pool even more budget-friendly.

  1. Health Benefits

Taking a dip in your pool can be a great stress reliever. Swimming is also a good form of low-impact aerobic exercise. Swimming builds muscle strength and endurance and improves cardiovascular fitness. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight and improve heart and lung health. Additionally, swimming improves coordination, balance, flexibility and posture. If you have any chronic conditions, joint problems or mobility issues, water therapy can be very beneficial.

  1. Increases the Appeal of Your Cabin

A pool can increase the aesthetic appeal of your cabin. In addition to standard pool installations, you can add features such as colorful tiles, waterfalls or an infinity edge. The beauty a well-designed pool adds to your landscaping can increase the enjoyment of your cabin and the resale value. Additionally, if you rent your cabin out when you aren’t using it, the pool is a good way to attract renters and may net you a higher rental fee.

  1. Great for Family Bonding Time

Hanging out at the pool is something the entire family can do together. It can be difficult to enjoy quality family time at a crowded public pool or beach. When you own your own pool, you aren’t surrounded by distractions. It’s also a fun activity to do with extended family who is visiting.

  1. Active Fun for the Kids

Most kids love swimming and studies have shown that kids are more likely to stick with physical activities that they enjoy. Having a pool in your yard is a great way to get the kids to get some physical activity during the summer instead of staying inside watching television or playing video games. It also provides an ideal venue for hosting birthday parties and other social gatherings.

  1. Doesn’t Have To Be Just for Summer

Most people think of swimming as a summer activity, but adding a heat pump to your pool can make it a year-round activity in warmer climates and extend the pool season by as much as six months in colder places. A heated pool also buys you some extra swim time, because you don’t have to wait for the water to warm up at the beginning of the season.

  1. Helps You Make Friends

If you want to get to know your neighbors better, invite them over for a pool party. Swimming provides an ideal environment for socializing that is appropriate for people of all ages. Adding a deck around your pool can make it a great location to host parties or have a backyard cookout. You can even add a bar area and a hot tub for some adult-only fun.

  1. Modern Pools Are Easier To Maintain

The technology used in modern swimming pools makes them easier and less expensive to maintain than in years past. Your pool can be equipped with variable speed and flow pumps and energy-efficient heaters to reduce power consumption. Many maintenance tasks can be automated.

Swimming is a fun way to get some exercise, socialize with friends or just relax. Owning your own pool means you


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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5 Upgrades That Will Turn Your Cabin Home Into a Luxury Home

By Paisley Hansen

Life on a lake is about as good as it gets. You have a year-round aquatic playground right in your backyard – boating in the summer, snowmobiling or cross country skiing in the winter, and fishing all year if you’re willing to invest in an icehouse or auger. While the lakefront property has long been the dominion of quaint, simple cabin homes, with a few upgrades, you could go from a rustic getaway to a luxurious wilderness retreat.

Smart Outlets

Sometimes it’s nice to get away from it all at the lake, but in today’s world, it’s harder and harder to justify completely unplugging for the duration of your stay. Many older cabins were not built with modern technology in mind, but installing smart outlets is an easy upgrade with a big impact.

Look for outlets that come with features like built-in USB charging or ones that can be paired with home assistants to help with automation. Outlets that do work with home automation systems can be especially helpful in lake homes that stand empty for long periods of time, as the power to those outlets can be cut off, saving you money on your energy bill.

While you’re improving your electrical systems, don’t forget to look into home surge protection, particularly if your cabin is located in an area prone to thunderstorms. Investing in surge protection beyond basic power strips can save you money, and maybe your entire property, in the long.

Networking Wiring

In addition to smart electrical outlets, consider having the home wired for Ethernet connections. Smart TVs and gaming systems – always helpful for when the weather keeps you inside – will often function better over Ethernet than WiFi, as it provides a more stable signal. Wiring for the Internet also opens up more options for smart home enhancements like connected thermostats, WiFi signal boosters, and connected speakers.

Contact your Internet service provider before beginning any kind of Ethernet cable installation to make sure you’re installing the proper grade of cable for the strength of Internet you’re paying for; there’s little worse than finding your speeds diminished due to shoddy cable.

Powered Boat Lifts

In the summer, few lake homes are considered fully-furnished without a boat. Having a good boat or jet ski lift is critical to protecting the investment you make in your water toys, but cranking them up and down by hand every time you come in or out of the dock can be a tiring waste of time.

Ask your local dock and lift supplier about powered lifts. Some even come with remote controls that allow you to operate the lift from a distance, meaning that by the time you make the walk down the shore your boat can be in the water and ready to go.

Hot Tubs and Saunas

While installing a full pool at a lake home can be a waste, hot tubs or saunas are spa-worthy alternatives. Have them placed on your deck or in the yard facing the water and you’ve got the perfect new place to unwind and watch the sunset after a long day on the water. Hot tubs and saunas are particularly good for extending your cabin’s usable life into the winter months.


It may seem basic, but upgrading the windows on your cabin can have a significant impact on its overall appeal. Make sure you’re maximizing the best part of any lake house – the view! If the side of your home facing the lake is lacking windows, work with a contractor to see what your options might be. Tall, expansive windows lend an indulgent feel to any space, and the natural light they offer the home can feel as opulent as any other high-end finish.

Your cabin is probably already a great escape from city life and your favorite place to be, but with a little work, it could turn into a dream retreat to rival any lakeside resort.


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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Factors To Consider for First-Time Cabin Buyers

By Mikkie Mills

Buying a cabin for the first time is an exhilarating experience. Whether your intention is to live in the home full-time, use it as a summer home or rent it to travelers, there are numerous elements to consider when deciding which cabin to purchase. If you are in the market to become a first-time cabin owner, consider the below factors in your decision-making process.


Your finances are the key determinant when it comes to choosing a cabin. Before you start searching online, sit down and evaluate your financial situation. Lay out your income-to-debt ratio and determine how much you can spend on a mortgage each month. Keep in mind you have to put money down to make this purchase. Unless you have a large amount of money saved up, you will need to take out a loan for a downpayment.

If you are looking for ways to free-up your income, consider refinancing your current home. Review mortgage refinances rates to see if you can get a lower interest rate on your home. If you refinance at a lower rate, you could save hundreds on your current mortgage and put that money toward your cabin’s mortgage.

Real Estate Agent

Having a knowledgeable real estate agent to work with is a vital part of the cabin-buying process. If you have someone you have worked with before, you can definitely partner up again. However, keep in mind some real estate agents have different specialties, such as high-end homes, completely renovated homes or vacation homes, such as cabins!

If you do not have an agent in mind or if you simply want someone more familiar with buying and selling cabins, find an agent who specializes in these types of homes. You can ask friends or family, or if you search for “real estate agents” in the town’s zip code, you’ll likely find a few options.


Another primary factor to keep in mind is the location of the cabin. If you are not familiar with the local town, do some research on it. Are there great school districts? Are homes selling above market value? Are new businesses opening left and right? These are all signs of a community that is flourishing. A town like this is an excellent place to invest in a cabin.

If, however, you find the opposite is occurring, you may want to reconsider purchasing a cabin in that area. Are many homes on the market for long periods of time and selling below market value? Are the school districts poorly rated? Are multiple business owners closing their doors? If so, while you may love the aesthetics of the cabin, this might not be the best place to purchase a home as there is a good chance the value of your home will decline over time.

There are a few other factors to consider regarding location. How close is the home to other people? If you intend for the cabin to be a place of solitude, then it probably won’t bother you if the closest neighbor is five miles away. If, however, you love throwing parties and relax by socializing with others, a secluded cabin is probably not a great choice.

Something else to keep in mind is what amenities are close by. Many people purchase a cabin because it is ideally located for a hobby, such as hunting, fishing or skiing. If a hobby is your reason for buying, consider how close the cabin is to local forests, ski ranges or other activity centers. Additionally, if you plan on renting the house when you are not there, the closer the cabin is to local activities, the greater the chance tourists will want to stay there.

No matter what style of cabin you are in the market for, the above factors play an essential role in picking the right one. Before signing on the dotted line, review and apply these elements to your process. They can prove valuable in the long run.


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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Top 5 Gardening Tips for Beginners

By John Peterson

Gardening is such an enjoyable activity. However, it is not as easy as it seems. Many think that if you put some seeds in a pot, they will grow, and soon you will have something to harvest. This is not true, as gardening involves more than just throwing seeds on the soil and waiting for them to grow. There are also some tips and tricks you need to consider especially if you are a beginner.

Gardening is a beautiful domain and watching your plants growing up healthily is one of the most rewarding things. However, the wide diversity of plants that can be grown both indoors and outdoors is immense. Each plant needs different growing conditions and this can easily become challenging for beginners. Here are the top 5 gardening tips that will help you face all the challenges you might encounter.

1. Choose the Right Plants

The world of plants is full of colors, different shapes, and smells. Each plant needs different nutrients, soil conditions, temperature, and sunlight to grow beautifully and healthily. So, one of the first tips that are essential and can ensure the survival of your plants, is to choose some that fit the conditions you live in.

Take a look at the local climate conditions, average temperatures during seasons, and also the soil types. Not all plants can survive in harsh conditions, so to make sure yours will do, you need to check all these factors before you buy them. As gardening experts from the best writing services say, if you choose the right plants for the local conditions, you will expand their lifespan considerably.

2. Soil Preparation

After you have matched the plants to your hardiness zone, the next step would be to prepare the soil. How can you do this? By first identifying the type of soil you have. This will give you an insight into how many nutrients you may need to add to help your plants grow healthily. According to experts from write my dissertation where they offer a gardening essay writing service to beginners and not only, solid needs to be carefully prepared before plantation.

This is because the fauna of the soil is a rich one and it can help your flowers grow. But they also need help and the preparation of the soil is your help to them. So, check for the nutrients level of your soil. Choose to fertilize it by using one of the most common and handy options. You can add mulch, compost, or natural fertilizers depending on the plants you will plant there. For example, some plants need soils rich in nitrogen, so a natural fertilizer would be coffee.

At the same time, you need to make sure that the drainage of the soil is well done. If there is too much water that accumulates in a soil layer, this will make room for bacteria to appear. Moreover, this might also kill the plant because the water is not draining, but only accumulating.

3. Check the Sunlight Before Planting

Another important factor and you need to assess before planting is to be aware of how much sunlight your plants will get. This is essential because some of them might need shady places, while others thrive under direct sunlight.

Before planting, take a day to notice how different spots of your garden are lighted by the sun. This will help you identify the right places for the right plants so that all of them will grow and thrive.

4. Plan the Layout Before Planting

One of the mistakes many beginners make when they begin gardening is to not plan the layout of the garden. Some plants can easily thrive together and exchange nutrients. But some plants are more intrusive and they may affect the growth of those near them. Carefully planning the garden layout will help you ensure that all plants will cohabitate peacefully. Moreover, you can group them depending on the necessary growth conditions, such as direct sunlight, shade, or other factors.

5. Note Everything in Your Garden Journal

One of the most helpful things beginner gardeners can learn from experts is to keep a gardening journal. If you do not have so many plants, you may be able to keep in mind the special requirements and watering schedule of each of them. But if you have a large garden with a wide variety of flowers, vegetables, or herbs, keeping a garden journal will surely help you not lose track.

Gardening might be seen as something challenging, but in fact, it is one of the most enjoyable activities you can engage in. However, there are some challenges you might need to overcome, but approaching them with calmness and organization will help you work them out. Make sure you follow these tips before you actually start planting, as they are essential for your plants to grow and thrive.



John Peterson is a journalist with 4 years of experience working in London magazine “Shop&buy”. He is one of the essay writers offering a top-notch essay writing service at AssignmentMasters. He is a professional mini-tennis player and he has written a novel “His heart”. You can find him on FaceBook.

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3 Electrical Hazards To Watch For

by Paisley Hansen 

When purchasing a cabin, the most important inspection category to be aware of is the health of the electrical system. Problems in this area can be prohibitively expensive to correct and failure to do so can be disastrous. If your new home is a cabin, there are some specific issues that you need to be aware of.

Incorrect Wiring Installation

When electrical wires and breaker boxes are installed in a standard stick frame home, electricians use the space between the outer and inner walls and the sides of the wall studs to run the wiring. In a log cabin that space is not available. Correctly wiring a log cabin is not significantly more difficult than wiring a standard home, but the builder and electrician must have experience dealing with this particular style of home. Wiring a log cabin requires specific techniques that an electrician who has never worked on log homes simply will not know. If your home’s wiring was installed incorrectly, that is an obvious electrical hazard that will need to be corrected immediately. Faulty wiring can cause a whole host of issues, none more frightening than the possibility of an arc flash fire that has the potential to be deadly.

Insufficient Electrical Capacity

Many cabins were built as vacation getaways and, as such, their electrical system was not created to handle the load of modern everyday living. So, if you flip a breaker every time someone uses the microwave at the same time that you’re drying your hair, this might be the issue. Simply put, every home has been built with a set electrical capacity, the breaker panel can only channel so much electricity at a time. Don’t try to expand your electrical capacity by plugging in a multi-socket power strip at every outlet. This will only create more danger of overextending your wiring and cause dangerous issues.

Because wiring in log cabins must be drilled into the logs themselves, expanding the wiring is not a simple thing to do and can be quite expensive. This is why builders must be exact in planning the electrical system in a log home. If you see signs that a previous owner has tried to take shortcuts to expand the electrical capacity in your homes, such as exposed wiring stapled to the walls or a breaker box with obvious DIY patches plugged into it, this too must be addressed immediately.

The only safe solution to wiring issues is to hire a professional electrician to correctly upgrade your wiring and breaker box. It’s pricey but home safety is always a good investment.

Poor Maintenance

Log homes require regular maintenance to preserve the wood’s integrity. A well-maintained log cabin, contrary to common belief, is actually safer from fire than a regular house. However, a poorly maintained cabin with dried or deteriorated logs can turn your home into a tinder box.

Unprotected wood homes are also magnets for insects and rodents who can damage not only your home’s exterior but its internal wiring as well. The combination of poorly maintained wood and faulty wiring is a recipe for disaster. A neglected log home can often be restored, but the cost for repairs may be extensive. It is best to have your home inspected for these issues prior to purchasing. No matter how much you love your potential home, if a professional advise you that its state of neglect makes it unsafe, you may want to move on.

Assessing your new home for safety should supersede any emotional attachment you’ve developed for it. A home inspection for a solid wood home should cover all the categories common for a stick frame home. Additionally, you’ll want to pay close attention to the electrical system in the home. If the system is too old, installed incorrectly, or has critical faults, get an estimate for the cost of fixing those issues. Make sure your inspector has experience with log homes and can correctly estimate how well the home has been maintained by its previous owners. A little caution today can save you money and stress in the future.


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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