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We all wish we could go away more often than we do. The problem is that whenever we do find a slither of time to get away from our busy lives, actually organizing a trip away is too lengthy a process.
Instead, we stay home and wait until we have the time to fully commit the time to going away. It shouldn’t be that way! And it doesn’t have to be. If you buy a vacation home, you’ll have a place that’s just a comfortable journey away from your home. Anytime you want to get away, you’ll have a place just waiting for you.
Where Do You Want To Go
First thing’s first: where do you want your vacation home to be? Ideally, you’d choose a place that you already know very well. Maybe you’ve been there several times on vacation before, that kinda thing.
You really don’t want any nasty surprises (“oh, this area isn’t as good as I thought”) by buying somewhere completely unknown to you, no matter how beautiful it might appear. Also, pick somewhere that’s easy to visit for a weekend.
Figuring Out Your Budget
Deck Out Your Vacation Home
Once you’ve found your place and gone through the process of buying the property, you’ll have to furnish it to a comfortable standard. An empty property, however nice, doesn’t make for a great vacation home.
Instead, see what furniture you already have and look at moving companies to take it up there. You’ll also have the chance to decorate it however you wish, so get your creative hat on! Also, hammocks. Fill that property up with hammocks!
Finding The Time
Now that you’ve got the place all arranged just as you like it, it’s time to…actually find the time to get out there and enjoy your investment. If you have a location independent job, then you’ll have no problems whatsoever. For everybody else, there are the weekends, vacation time, and the holidays!
Renting It Out
A vacation home is an investment, and here’s why: you’re able to rent it out when you’re not using it. As this is a vacation home rather than your full-time house, the periods when you’re not there will be more than when you actually are there.
During these periods, list your property on vacation rental websites and you’ll be able to recuperate a lot of the costs associated with the property. If the house is in a desirable tourist location, you could turn the property into a fully fledged business and make a profit.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.