If you are buying Incline Village, NV homes for sale in 2020, there are a few details you should know about, especially if living in a mountain town is a new experience for you. We get a lot of travelers who love Lake Tahoe so much that they can’t wait to either relocate or call it home half the year. Buying property in a second home, resort market is a lot different than buying in a suburban area and for a few reasons.
We get a lot of tourists! In fact, a lot of homeowners start out as tourists as mentioned above. However, when you visit Lake Tahoe for brief periods of time or only during certain seasons where things may be a bit slow, you don’t get the full picture of what it is like to live in a tourist town ALL year around. We absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything, but there are a few things to keep in mind like limited parking, more traffic, longer wait times at restaurants, beaches, ski runs, grocery stores and more. When searching for Incline Village, NV real estate, knowing the heavy traffic times of each season helps you dial in what exactly you want. Do you want to be walking distance to your favorite amenities, so you don’t have to deal with driving? Or do you not mind dealing with extra congestion? If you are relocating for half the year and your outdoor amenity of choice is enjoying the local beaches and trails, ask your Incline Village, NV Realtor to show you properties that are walking distance to these features. If skiing and all things winter is your reason for calling Lake Tahoe home, ask your Incline Village, NV Realtor to show you properties that are either ski in/ski out or in a location minutes from local resorts. If you are relocating year-round, just pack your patience during “busy season” and remember that all the people you are sharing the area with love the lake just as much as you do!
You may get different neighbors weekly if your Incline Village, NV Real Estate is located next door to vacation rentals. If the home is being used as a wild party weekend, that could get loud and you can usually call the homeowner or the management company to remedy any issues. There is a perk to being located next door to a vacation rental: You do get moments of complete silence AND you also have the opportunity to meet new people and share your favorite things about Lake Tahoe with visitors. If you personally intend to use your home as a vacation rental, ask your Incline Village, NV Realtor how to prepare the house and recommendation for snow removal, cleaners, maintenance companies and management companies. Speaking of maintenance……
Home maintenance looks a little different here. While you still have the usual tasks, we also have some additional ones. Like making your home bear (and raccoon) safe as well as preparing for inclement weather and wildfires. Ask your Realtor in Incline Village, NV about bear boxes and the different security measures to keep your home bear safe and ask for details about creating defensible fire space. If this is not something you are aware of, it is another thing to learn about as wildfires are a concern in the Lake Tahoe basin. They can happen at any time and making sure your home is prepared is key.
For more information on buying Incline Village, NV real estate and what life is like in the area, give us a call. We would be happy to provide all the information you are looking for!