Tuesday, September 25, 2012

6 Things to Consider When Buying a Deep Creek Lake Home

Fall on Deep Creek Lake is one of the most beautiful times of the year.  You’ll be inspired by the stunning backdrop of the changing leaves and the crisp blue sky mirrored on the lake.  Scenic drives are a highlight for many this time of year throughout Garrett County Maryland, so it’s no wonder that many buyers find that now is an ideal time to begin their house hunt on Deep Creek Lake.

If you’re one who’s considering buying a home on Deep Creek Lake this fall, you may be overwhelmed with the various aspects to consider when making such a large financial purchase.  Our years of experience as Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty Real Estate agents has helped us hone in on some of those things that every buyer needs to consider.  Take a look at our list!

1. Curb Appeal- Oftentimes, how sellers care for the exterior of their home is indicative of how they’ve cared for the interior, so you don’t want to overlook the homes’ curb appeal.  Be sure to consider the home’s condition and determine whether you are willing to put in extra money if updates are needed.  Also, if gardening is not something you like, be sure to consider the maintenance of the lawn and foliage.
2. Layout and Space-  Know your goals for the home, whether it’s a long term home or a home that you’ll use for hosting family and friends for vacations. Floor plan, along with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, play a role in how comfortable and efficient your home is for you.  Although you want the most space for your money, buying a home that’s too large may not be in your best interest.
3. Location & Views- It’s often said that location is key, and that’s very true!  You can always make changes to the interior and exterior of your home, making it look exactly as you would like, but you cannot move your home to a new location. Be sure that the location you choose matches your desires for things such lake access, lake front or off lake.  Also consider the views from the Deep Creek Lake homes that you tour.  If you want to be able to sit out on your porch, or enjoy the views from your living room, this will be on the top of your list.  A home that’s a good price, but is in a less than ideal environment may not be the home for you.
4. Kitchen- For many, the kitchen is the “heart of the home” so you want to know you enjoy the space! Remodeling is always an option, but is a huge undertaking and can become very costly.  
5. Closets and Storage- Those living or vacationing on Deep Creek Lake will often need extra storage for activities such as fishing, water skiing, snow skiing, boating, etc... so be sure the home you’re viewing has adequate storage.  
6. Finishes- Look at those special details that make the home stand out. While this is minor, it is still what makes a home feel pulled together. If you absolutely love the Deep Creek Lake home, but aren’t keen on the finishes; buy it. You can always make additional updates later!
We hope these tips guide you as you consider buying a home on Deep Creek Lake!  If you haven’t started your home search yet, we would love to show you some of the homes currently on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market!  
Please feel free to contact us anytime to get started with the home buying process!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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