If you are living in the Twin Cities Area already, chances are you have spent time on lakes in different parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is just in our nature to do that when most of us have friends or relatives with some type of lake home, cabin or lakeshore getaway. Unless they really don’t like you, it is just in the odds that you will get invited to someone’s lake place sooner or later.
While you were there, you probably felt pretty relaxed and thought about having a lake cabin for yourself someday. Of course, you probably didn’t see the work what went into getting it ready in the spring, closing it down in the fall, and just the ongoing upkeep that is required in any structure and property.
But now you are considering buying a lake home to live in full-time, since life is so busy and you may not have time to actually get away to a cabin anyway. Here are a few things to consider while you continue to contemplate that decision of which one is right for you:
- Why do you want a lake place in the first place? If it is meant to get away from the stress of everyday life, it probably won’t help much. Although looking at water from your deck can be mentally soothing, you will still see all the bills that need paying and the chores that need doing all around you.
- Do you see yourself letting loose on the weekends because you are on the water? That may happen for awhile when everything is new – just like the honeymoon period of any new home. You will meet some of your neighbors and will most likely make some new friends that you can go fishing, skiing or drinking with. But remember that if you are living in a Twin Cities lake homes, it is likely that your neighbors will be living there full-time as well. And they will have the same types of stresses that you have in your life. The neighbors you tend to meet at the lake cabin, however, are often there to have a good time and let some steam off as well.
- Cabins can be difficult to get enough use out of when the whole family is busy. If you are in the school-age years, where the kids have one sport or even after another, cabins can be an expensive pleasure that you very seldom enjoy. We have had both a lake home and a cabin at different times, and they certainly each have there advantages. But when the kids were busy with a lot of activities, and when the parents had to work to keep paying for all the activities, the kids could still come home from school and throw a line in the water. And cooling off on those hot summer days was just a few steps – instead of a few hours – away!
Both lake cabins and lake homes have many advantages over the other. But just think about where you are in your life right now before making your decision.