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What to Look for When Acquiring a Vacation Home

By Tiffany Raiford

Buying a vacation home in South Carolina is a great investment, however, it can become a hassle if you don't know what it is you're looking for in a vacation home. What you want in your vacation home may differ significantly from what you want in your everyday home. After all, this simply is not the home you're going to bring home your work stress, school stresses and everyday stress to. This is the home you're going to come to when you're in need of rest and relaxation, and that makes the features a little different.


While location is always important for any home you purchase, it's even more important when you're purchasing a vacation home. You'll need to ask yourself what it is you're looking for in a location before you buy and go from there. For example, if you're looking for a country home, you won't want to end up near Charleston or Columbia. If you're looking for a gorgeous home on the water, you might consider a location such as Charleston or one of the many beach communities in the state. If you're looking for something further inland, you'll want to see which little cities and towns are close enough to locations you can shop, be entertained, and dine.

Future Use

The next thing you have to consider when looking into a vacation home is the future use of the home. Is it one you'll want to rent out while you're not there? If so, you'll likely want a home with a number of bedrooms, a large kitchen, and living areas with gorgeous views. If it's not a home you'll want to rent out or share with your friends and family, you won't worry so much about size as you will amenities. Additionally, you'll also want to consider whether or not you plan on using this as your primary residence once you decide to retire and move on. If so, you'll need to make considerations that will suit you years down the road.


What are you looking for in a vacation? Are you looking for days spent in the pool or lounging by the beach? Are you looking at a place where you can sit on the porch and sip wine while watching the sun set? Is it a place you foresee your children and grandchildren visiting frequently? Depending on your answers to these questions, you'll need to make a list of amenities that are invaluable to you such as a large kitchen and dining room and plenty of bathrooms.

You'll also want to consider a number of other factors, such as whether or not you want to deal with the upkeep of certain aspects of your home. If you're going to visit every few weeks or months, a once a month cleaning service might be all the maintenance you need in addition to weekly lawn maintenance during the summer. However, if you have a garden or pool, you'll need to consider the frequent maintenance needed on those items when you're not present.

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