What to Know About Buying a Mountain Home!

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Congratulations on considering buying a home in the mountains! The mountains are a beautiful place and can bring so much joy and happiness to your life. When buying a home in the mountains you should be aware of some things that may be different and some that will keep your home safe and comfortable for years to come.

Water management is key! In the mountains (Appalachian Mountains in GA, TN, and NC) we get a lot of rain. That means you have to make sure that water is managed properly. Water is the biggest threat to a home. From structural damage to fungal growth, water can lead to major problems. The GOOD NEWS is that it’s not that difficult to manage. Water wants to follow the path of least resistance so making that to where it gets away from the house is critical. Keeping water flowing away from the house and keeping roof and wall penetrations sealed will go a long way in keeping your house safe and comfortable. Getting a home inspected before you buy is an important step in managing water.
Steepness of the grade can surprise some people when coming to the mountains. This is connected to the first point of water management. Making sure that the grade is proper for water management and erosion control is important. Past erosion can lead to structural damage. Do you have children or pets? Consider the grade of the lot.
Consider the weather. Will you be able to get out of your driveway when there’s inclement weather? Being snowed in for a couple of days may not be a bad thing if you’re prepared! Depending on the elevation weather can change quite quickly so make sure you are ready for it!
Get ready for beautiful views all year long! You will be driving down the road and all of a sudden you will see an absolutely gorgeous sunset, sunrise, cloud features, etc. This is one of the best things about living in the mountains. ENJOY!

To ensure that a home you are looking to buy or already own is safe and comfortable contact us today for the most in-depth home inspection in the industry! Call or text us today at 470-472-4663.

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