Installing light timers can help with security
Some advice for owners or potential buyers of recreation properties:
Many of the same tips that apply to home and property security in the city also apply to recreation properties in the country.
Install timers to turn lights and radios or TVs on and off.
Ask a neighbour (or the property’s private security, if applicable) to check in on the site occasionally, as well as mow the grass or shovel the walk.
Reinforce windows with metal grates, and install sturdy doors.
Turn off water and electricity before leaving a property for an extended period.
Don’t leave valuables in an unattended property. Also avoid leaving items such as liquor, hunting rifles and expensive equipment behind.
If possible, install an alarm system that is either monitored or programmed to notify you if a break-in or other emergency.
Consider joining — or starting — a crime prevention program such as Rural Crime Watch.
Clearly label any possessions left on the property with nonremovable stickers.
Inform local police or RCMP when the property will be unattended, and periodically contact them to find out if there have been any security issues near your property.
Some tips for making sure buying a recreation property doesn’t leave you with unexpected sticker shock:
Be aware of closing costs, such as lawyer fees and home inspection fees.
An accountant can help you navigate the taxation implications, both in terms of what taxes you have to pay up front, whether any taxes like GST can be deferred, what taxes are applicable if you rent out a property, and if any rebates/writeoffs are available.
Location and amenities play a role in determining ongoing costs, such as condo/strata fees.
Contact local realtors, mortgage brokers, etc. to find out if an area has unique taxes or other fees that need to be factored into the purchase of the property.