Ever thought of living in the mountains? Clean air, nature’s beauty, trees and privacy. But there’s more to it than that. There are things other than that to consider when buying a home in the mountains.
Little flat land
First thing you need to remember is the mountains are just that, big hills with very few flat surfaces. Finding an acre of “flat land” is going to be rather difficult, and if you find it, you’ll pay a lot for it. That’s if you want to build. Looking for an existing home may be easier.
Wells, pumps and septic systems
Another consideration is the septic system and fresh water source. There are no sewer systems in the mountains. If you’ve lived on a property with a septic system before, this is not a big deal for you. If not, you’ll need to know things like where the tank is located, where the pipe is for clean out, when it was last pumped out and where the septic field or leach lines are located.
Get it inspected! Your mountain home will probably also be on a well. Wells can have cold, clean tasting water that has a lot of minerals in it. This is great, for the most part, for your body, but many of those minerals can be very hard on your plumbing. Make sure the well pump is in good working order. Also have the well tested for a few things, such as bacteria and minerals like iron, manganese and sulfur. You may need a filtration system or water softener installed.
Be aware of public and private roads
This is important when it comes to upkeep, snow removal and possibly community charges for the road. The same goes for your utilities. Natural gas probably isn’t available and propane or electric are the most common heating sources. Depending on where the home is located electric may be sourced from solar or wind, or other sources. Be sure to ask.
Geological hazard report
One important question that needs to be asked is how likely is there to be any kinds of landslides on your property. They happen, and in some areas more often than others. Look for a geological hazard report to get answers to this.
Permits and improvements
Lastly, find out if there were permits pulled for improvements to any home. In the mountains it’s hard to see homes from the road, so more often than not people skip the permit requirement. This can be dangerous because no one is checking work to make sure that it is up to code. Codes are written to keep people safe, not annoy home owners. Have all improvements inspected carefully.
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