Water­front prop­erty tips from Mary Jane Man­ley:

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1. The first pri­or­ity is find­ing the right lake and piece of the land. Most cot­tages can be ren­o­vated, ex­panded and changed sub­stan­tially, but be aware of all cur­rent build­ing re­quire­ments or re­stric­tions One of the big­gest fac­tors is the water­front and the qual­ity of the wa­ter. Is it weedy, sandy or rocky? Is it deep, shal­low, swampy or silt-bot­tomed? Is there a drilled well or is wa­ter drawn from the lake? How is it cleaned and fil­tered? 3. The lake wa­ter qual­ity, depth and size etc., will af­fect the type of fish­ing avail­able, as well as swim­ming and boat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Buy­ers need to know what kind of boats are al­lowed on the lake. Boaters should ask about lake ameni­ties, such as is there a ma­rina? Does it pro­vide gas pump­ing at the shore­line; parts ser­vice or op­er­ate a wa­ter taxi? Ac­cess is im­por­tant. Are there com­mon roads or rights of way? How and when are the roads main­tained? Is there an ac­tive lake as­so­ci­a­tion – how strict are they? Land and cot­tages on pop­u­lar, sought-af­ter lakes are go­ing to be more ex­pen­sive. Price is also af­fected by level of pri­vacy of­fered or iso­la­tion of prop­erty. Each prop­erty is unique. Con­sider fac­tors such as ac­ces­si­bil­ity via land or wa­ter. Look at dock, land­ing and park­ing fa­cil­i­ties, plus any sep­tic, well and pump­ing sys­tems. Ex­am­ine the land and ter­rain around the cot­tage. Is it steep and rocky or flat and grassy? Is it open and land­scaped or nat­u­ral with lots of tree cov­er­age? Where is the cot­tage sit­u­ated on the lot? Gen­er­ally, peo­ple pre­fer a south-west ex­po­sure. Ask about power and heat­ing sys­tems. Is there elec­tric heat­ing, a wood­stove or propane fire­place? 10. Re­mem­ber that cot­tage prop­er­ties re­quire on­go­ing and reg­u­lar main­te­nance of build­ings, decks, land and water­front docks, plus sea­sonal open­ing and clos­ing ar­range­ments, as well as stor­age and care of all wa­ter­craft, ve­hi­cles and equip­ment.








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