6 Things to Look for When Purchasing a Family Vacation Home

Real Estate Agent with Arizona Elite Properties SA545073000
Original content by Melissa Thompson

A family vacation home might be the perfect investment for your family. You and your loved ones can enjoy a truly relaxing experience by exploring all the amenities in one convenient location. You can dip in the pool, cook delicious meals in the kitchen, enjoy a game or two on the ping-pong table, and unwind with your favorite book in the comfortable living room. But what does it take to buy a vacation home? Is it worth the investment? The following are six things to consider when purchasing a family vacation home.

1. Location

The location is the first thing you should look for when purchasing a vacation home. Check if it is near a beach, a theme park, or a ski resort. If you have young children, consider the location of the nearest early education facility or school district. For a romantic getaway with your partner, choose a place near hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.

2. Amenities

Looking for amenities you and your family will enjoy would be best. An outdoor pool is an excellent treat for those hot summer days. A jacuzzi, sauna, or fitness room is ideal for relaxation and exercise during the colder months. What desired features are you looking for? You might want a game room for the kids, a family home theater, and a bar area for drinks with your partner. Consider all of these things when purchasing your vacation home.

3. Budget

You must consider the budget of the vacation home you are looking to purchase. The cost is only sometimes an indication of how luxurious and well-furnished a vacation home will be. You can find a family vacation home with all the amenities you desire at an affordable price. Be realistic when determining the budget for your vacation home. Can you afford it? Is it in alignment with your other financial priorities? A family vacation home is a respite from everyday life.

4. Extras

When purchasing a vacation home, research the extras included in the price. A lot of times, the property owner pays for utilities and some other necessities. The family vacation home might have cable TV, a generator, or even a hot tub. This is usually included in the price of the house, but you can negotiate such extras when purchasing your vacation home.

5. Insurance

Insurance is a must when purchasing a vacation home. You will want to consult with your insurance agent to determine the coverage and limits of your policy. Make sure your policy is adequate. You need to know how much coverage you are getting and at what levels of insurance you will be covered.

6. Inspection

You may need to hire a professional inspector to visit your prospective vacation home. Look for exterior and interior damage in the property. It is also recommended that you have a professional inspection done on the air conditioning and plumbing systems. It is a good idea to have a professional inspection in case of any problems with the property.

When purchasing a vacation home, you must be well-informed and have specific needs. You must consider location, amenities, budget, and extras. You should also hire an inspector for your vacation home to ensure it is in good condition.

Comments (6)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Mar 13, 2023 05:57 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Seems like everything one would need to look for when buying a residential home also Bill.

Mar 13, 2023 06:00 AM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

These are all good points to keep in mind for anyone looking to buy a vacation home. 

Mar 13, 2023 06:16 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bill and great information to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Mar 13, 2023 08:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bill, for sharing this reblog selection.

Have a productive week.

Mar 13, 2023 10:44 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Mar 14, 2023 06:34 AM