Owning a Cabin and what to do

Are you searching for a cabin to buy?  Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s a great investment, and an easy way to make some extra income.  Perhaps you’re just looking for a place to vacation in.  There are plenty of reasons to buy a cabin, and owning one can be a profitable, fun adventure. There are plenty of things to take into account when buying a cabin:  how much does it cost? What’s the maintenance like? Is there enough time for you to make sure you’re taking care of it properly and that it’s ensuring you the best possible income it can?  Where should you buy it?  How do you manage it? Read on to find out more about buying a cabin!

 

Location, Location, Location

If you’re searching for the perfect place to buy a cabin, you should definitely consider the Great Smoky Mountains, near the National Park.  There are several great reasons to buy a cabin here.  You can choose whether you want to buy a cabin in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or other places in Tennessee or North Carolina.

 

Cabin on the creekWhy should you buy in the Great Smoky Mountains? There are many reasons!  First of all, there is the amazing scenery.  No matter what time of year you’re visiting, you’re sure to enjoy the beautiful landscape of this popular national park.  If you come in the spring, you’ll get to see the trees, shrubs, and flowers come alive.  This can be an amazing experience; just imagine watching the flowers bloom into beautiful arrays of color.   If you come during the fall, you’ll get to watch the lush green forests start changing colors:  from the highest elevation downwards, the trees and plants and flowers will go from a gorgeous green color to a myriad of yellows, golds, and reds.  In the winter, you can see the snow glistening on the mountain tops.

 

That’s not the only reason to choose this area to buy a cabin, though.  There is also the abundance of activities that will keep you busy for your entire stay!  In Ober Gatlinburg, there are hundreds of things to do.  You can start out indoors at the huge mall.   Not only are there shops for every occasion (everything from a custom leather shop where you can get purses, boots, jackets and more  to a kid’s toyshop where the youngsters can actually meet the famous O’Bear!),  but there is a huge ice skating rink that serves as the center point for the entire mall.  This ice skating rink is open year round and you can skate for a full three hours for only nine dollars!  That’s a deal you just can’t beat, and if you’ve never tried ice skating before, it’s going to be an experience you remember for a long time.   

 

There are plenty of other things to do in Ober Gatlinburg if you want outdoor activities.  You can ride the aerial tramway,  you can go on the ski mountain coaster, you can take a weaving, wandering trip down the Alpine Slide, you can enjoy the water raft rides, and you can visit the wildlife encounter!  This is a great place to see the family of black bears that live there!  There are also river otters that will amuse the entire family with their fun antics.  Other animals native to the Great Smoky Mountains are there too, including birds of prey, bobcats, and more!  

 

The Great Smoky Mountains are also great for skiing! In Ober Gatlinburg, there are plenty of slopes for you to choose from.  Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s something there for you.  For beginners, there are skiing lessons available, and for the more experienced there are several slopes that are more difficult and enjoyable.  You can even ski at night on most of the slopes!

 

If you decide to visit your cabin in the months of October and November, you can also be part of the famous Oktoberfest!  This is a great way to enjoy authentic German food, and drink beer that matches the food.  You can also enjoy music, the bier garden, face painting, and much, much more.  This alone is a great reason to visit.  This iconic event brings in tourists from all over the country to enjoy some great food, beer, and activities.  On the weekends, you can even meet representatives from different distilleries!

 

If you’re an outdoor buff, you’re going to find that the Great Smoky Mountains are the place for you.  With many hiking trails, biking trails, and beautiful scenery, you’re never going to want to leave!  You can hike through the National Park, enjoying the cool breeze and the amazing views.  Don’t forget your camera! You’re definitely going to want to remember your time here for the rest of your life!  Just remember:  pack out what you pack in.  It’s important to keep the park clean.  Not only that, but you don’t want animals getting into the different things you might have brought, including garbage and food.   The black bears lives are extremely shortened once they have contact with human waste.

 

Picking Out Your Cabin:

When you get ready to buy a cabin, make sure you research the different types of cabins that are available for purchase.  There are a large selection and variety and it’s important that you get one that suits your needs.

 

Perhaps you want a cabin that’s affordable but comfortable.  There’s no shame in getting a smaller cabin that you and your family can enjoy.  You can even have camp outs!  These cabins are great for vacations, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.  They’re also easy to rent out for the people who don’t have a lot of money to spend on the higher-end cabins.

 

If you want a higher-end cabin, there are plenty of luxury options available! Some of these cabins have up to fifteen rooms!  They are perfect for if you want to take your entire family (extended included) to the Great Smoky Mountains for a wedding, a reunion, or anything else that catches your fancy.

 

There are certain things you need to look for when you buy a cabin.  You want to make sure it has all the amenities you want, such as a dishwasher, televisions, and other things that will make your life that much easier while you’re visiting.  You also want to take into consideration whether you want these cabins to be motorcycle accessible.  Plenty of people bring their bikes to the Great Smoky Mountains and need a place that they can park them while they’re sleeping.  You also want to consider whether or not you want a cabin that’s pet friendly.  Maybe you’re thinking of guests who wish to bring their furry friends, or maybe you have a beloved family pet that you can’t stand leaving behind when you go on vacation.  Either way, it’s important to look at all the options.

 

Price is another thing you want to consider.  How much money do you want to spend on a cabin?  Are you getting one just for you and your family to vacation in, or are you hoping to turn quite the tidy profit by renting it out to guests?  This can impact how much money you want to shell out for these amazing cabins.  Whether you want a modern cabin with all the amenities, or a rustic cabin that teaches you how people lived in the past, it’s important that you figure this out before purchasing!

 

Renting Out Your Cabin:

A lot of people are worried about the idea of renting out their cabins.  What if someone destroys it? Leaves it in shambles? What if they become squatters and refuse to leave?  What if… what if… what if… there are a hundred different things that run through owners heads when they decide to rent out their cabin.  Don’t worry, though!  There are ways to protect your home, including insurance and proper supervision.   You can request background checks on your renters, you can make sure that you get a security deposit, and you can always ask them to leave if they’re too disturbing or they’re making too much of a mess.

 

Part of the reason for buying a cabin is to rent it out.  Often times renting out your cabin will give you enough money to pay for the mortgage.  It can also provide you enough cash to turn a tidy profit and make your cabin work for you!

 

You’re not going to be in your cabin all year long.  So why not let other people enjoy it? You can choose how often you want to rent it out, and how much money you charge.  It doesn’t have to be a scary process, and there are plenty of people who will help you make sure you’re getting your money’s worth out of your vacation home.

 

Using Rental Agencies:

If you decide to buy a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains, and you want to rent it out, you may want to consider using a rental agency to handle the day to day details.