What to Look For When Buying a Cottage

Home Stager with Caprice Weston's Home Staging

Credit: Nicole De Khors via Burst 

You’ve been thinking about it for months, and finally have decided to buy a new summer cottage. You’re looking forward to spending the sunny season in your own slice of heaven, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city and feeling closer to all of Mother Nature’s beauty.

But there’s a lot to consider when purchasing a summer home. Before you begin your search, check out these tips to help you find the cottage of your dreams.


Unless you’re determined to truly get off the grid and find a spot deep in the heart of a forest, you’re going to want a cottage that’s accessible and relatively easy to locate. You’ll want to look for a place with decent road access, water access, and one that’s reasonably close to a town or village. When you live close to a larger township, you can conveniently drive there for food and other essentials, and it also never hurts to be close to a hospital in case of emergencies. 


While having the option to go into town is an important factor, finding a summer home where you can also enjoy absolute privacy with friends and family is also essential. For most people, the point of owning a summer home is to experience some quiet time and get away from it all. The last thing you’ll want is to live too close to other cottagers, who might be louder than you. 

You won’t enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings if you have neighbours who listen to loud music all day long. When you’re searching for your new summer home, finding one that provides adequate privacy and solitude should be at the top of your priority list.

Waterfront Property 

To thoroughly enjoy your summer home, you’ll want to find one that has a waterfront. For example, are you looking for a dock big enough to accommodate a boathouse? Perhaps you’d prefer a sandy spot to slip in and out of for swimming? 

The Canadian region of Muskoka has some of the most breathtaking waterfront properties in North America. It’s a peaceful area in Central Ontario, close enough to major hubs like Toronto or New York, and far enough away to offer some solitude surrounded by nature. Check out the stunning real estate in Muskoka — the area is known for luxurious waterfront cottages and gorgeous lakes. Find a real estate agent based in the Canadian region who can help you find the perfect waterfront summer for you and your family. 

A Good Realtor

One of the most important things to consider when buying a cottage is choosing a good realtor. You want to work with someone who knows your preferred area inside and out and is a cottage owner. That way, you can feel confident that they’re trustworthy and know what they’re talking about.

Right now is the ideal time of year for the cottage. The sun’s out, the weather’s warming up, and the days are perfectly long and relaxing. So, what are you waiting for? Turn your dream into a reality and find your cottage today.


Comments (1)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Caprice and you are right now is a great time to buy, interest rates down and so much more.


Jun 22, 2021 03:10 PM