Fall Cottage Buying

Crunchy colourful leaves and pumpkin spice lattes
don’t exactly scream cottage but there may be some advantages
to buying your summer getaway in sweater weather.
  • Although some sellers take their cottage off the market for the “off-season” there are still many people that have wanted to sell their recreational property but have spent one last summer there before they put it up for sale.
  • Cottages that have been listed during the summer probably come with more motivated Sellers because they don’t want to carry extra maintenance costs through the winter.
  • You can get a totally different perspective of a property when there is no longer foliage to protect it anymore. Look at it from every angle (lake, driveway etc.) just to see how much privacy there actually is. Will you need to build a fence or put up a hedge? These are good things to know before you consider putting in an offer.
  • Especially with the summer that just passed us, consider evaporated lake levels. If you look at buying a cottage property in the beginning of autumn you can see it at its lowest, which will give you a better idea of what the shoreline is really like.
  • If you are looking for something you can stay at during every season, you need to keep in mind that those hot July summer days can make almost anything look better than it actually may be. Is there mud everywhere when it rains, it is damp or drafty? Walking around the property on those days you just want to be inside can reveal a lot more about a property.