Have you always dreamed of living way up in the mountains, away from civilization? Maybe you want to look out your window in the morning and see the rocky landscape stretching out in front of you. Or perhaps you like being closer to the clouds. In any case, there are mountain homes for sale that could allow you to live your life the way you desire. However, because mountain homes are in their own unique niche, you need to take a few precautions to ensure you don't overpay for your gorgeous new abode.
1. Hire a local realtor who specializes in mountain homes.
The real estate agent you hire can make a huge difference in the price you pay. A realtor whose entire career revolves around selling and buying mountain homes, like those at RE/MAX MOUNTAIN REALTY, will have a better idea of what the homes you look at are really worth. If the listing price is too high, they can recommend that you make a lower offer. A real estate agent with less experience may not realize the home in question is over-priced, leading you to overpay. So always ask a realtor about their experience with mountain homes before agreeing to hire them.
2. Have the home inspected for damage.
Many mountain homes have a lot of intricate nooks and crannies. These make the home look nice, but in some cases, they also make damage more likely. For example, a roof with a lot of peaks and valleys is more likely to leak since water will collect in the valleys. To avoid over-paying for a home that has issues you'll need to fix, make sure you have the house inspected before making an offer. Then, you can lower your offer—if appropriate—based on the findings of the inspector.
3. Look at other homes to see how they compare.
Even if the other mountain homes are not as appealing to you, make sure you stop by to see a few that are for sale. You can compare the prices of these homes to the price of the one you're looking at. If you find, for instance, a home with a less appealing view and fewer rooms that is selling for less than the home you want, you can let the seller know this—and offer them less money than their asking price.
If you follow the advice above, you'll get a better price on your mountain home.