Crested Butte offers many pristine, rural properties, ranches and farm houses for sale. There’s plenty of acreage for kids to play on and ground for horses to run across, not to mention the best slopes and plains for skiing and snowshoeing. You get more bang for your buck the further you move away from the cities, but there are still issues and checklists you should address and complete before buying a rural Crested Butte home. Here are ten pieces of advice to keep in mind before buying:
- Is the water supply public or private? If it’s well water, you should have it tested to check for chemicals or other harmful components.
- Does the house have adequate septic? When a house is constructed in a rural area, a leach field is built to collect sewage and water waste. Make sure the leach field is the proper size to avoid costly construction bills down the road.
- Is the house on a private road? If so, you could be facing thousands of dollars in extra expenses each year, as you’ll be forced to split the bill with your fellow residents for plowing, maintenance and paving.
- Has the area ever experienced a major power outage? If so, how long was the power out?
- How is the air quality? Ask about radon levels and smog levels from any nearby manufacturing plants.
- What is the average snowfall? How does the town handle major snowstorms?
- Where are the boundary lines? Make sure the property divisions are clear and established.
- Who handles trash pickup? Is there a nearby dumping ground?
- Are there any deed and zoning restrictions?
- How difficult is it to maintain the property?
Of course, the easiest way to check off these areas of concern is to partner with an area real estate expert. I know the Crested Butte and Gunnison County property markets inside and out. These questions are just a sample of some of the key aspects you should inquire about.
If you are thinking about purchasing a home in Crested Butte, give me a call so that I can assist you in crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s to make sure there are no unwelcome surprises after taking ownership of your new home.