When purchasing a home that will serve as a full-time residence, the search process is usually governed by your need to live near work, school, or areas where you or your family members frequently spend time. These limitations can make the search process easier because helps to define location parameters and constrict them to a small area, such as a neighborhood or school district.
But when you are in the market for a vacation home, the search process is likely to have a much broader focus that might include several different areas, or even several different states. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to narrow your search and make it a more productive one.
Decide what activities you most want to enjoy while on vacation
A good way to begin narrowing the focus of your search for the perfect vacation home is to consider your family's favorite activities and then use that to help eliminate areas where these activities are not available. For instance, if water activities are a family favorite, you can begin to eliminate any homes that are not on or very near to a suitable ocean, river, or lake. Likewise, if skiing and hiking are top choices, you may be able to eliminate those properties that are better suited for water activities.
Decide on the distance and mode of transportation you will use to travel to the vacation home
Once you have a clear idea of the activities your family prefers and the types of property that will best support their choice, you can further narrow the search by the distance you are willing to travel from your home to the vacation property. As a part of this decision, it is important to also consider the mode of transportation you will be using.
If you enjoy flying, the distance you are willing to travel may be far greater than it would if you plan to travel by car and want to remain within a few hours of your home. There are several GPS mapping apps available to help you with estimating an accurate travel time for each home you may be considering.
Decide on the price, amenities, features, etc.
Once you have settled on an area based on the available activities and the distance you will be traveling to reach the home, you can begin weeding out all the homes that do not meet your criteria for price, amenities, features, and other details, including condition.
By working closely with a reputable real estate professional in the area where you are planning to purchase your vacation home, you will be able to more easily obtain the information you need to select your semi-finalists and begin viewing each one.
For more information on vacation homes, check out companies like Summit Real Estate.