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Tips for shopping for a Lakefront Home in the Winter.

Dress for the weather, leave trendy clothes and shoes at home and wear boots. It's winter and  snow is on the ground so plan on temperatures in the teens you can always take a layer off. Most of the homes you are going to look at are not primary residences so if the homes are heated the interior temperatures may be set around 45 degree's.  Dress warm!

Viewing the interior of the home should go smoothly. The exterior of the home depending on the snow depth could be a bit dicey.  The shoreline is another story unless you brought your ice skates along. If you would like to examine the shoreline closely your agent should have some pictures of the beach area and in the past we have brought an ice auger to the second showings to view the lake bottom to verify if it is sandy or depths.

In New Hampshire January, February and March lakes are iced over. In the later part of March, the shorelines begin to melt first giving you the opportunity to view in full what's on the bottom.

Prior to setting out to view homes set up a wish list. Outline the top features you require?

View - Open water, mountains, quiet cove?

Sun Exposure, morning sun or sunsets?

Deep water docking?

Sandy Beach?

The size of the lake?

Water Quality?

Fishing, trout or bass?

Quiet lake kayaks, canoes or no boating restrictions? 

Snow Skiing?

Distance to shopping, attractions and hospitals?

The lot is more important than the home.  You can change the home but not the lot. We spoke with one buyer looking to purchase a new lake property.  Over and over again they fell in love with a home but remembered their past experience of watching those across the bay basking in the afternoon sun while they sat in the shade. 

Contact your banker to establish a price range you are comfortable with. If your dream home features need 3000 square feet and granite counters but your budget does not match that dream a lake access home might be the perfect alternative. When ready call us so we can help you locate the perfect lake and home for your family.   We are knowledgeable in all the quality lakes in the region along with lakefront regulations. 

Important note! New lakefront listings begin to get into the inventory the end of March as many homes are completely shut down for the winter. 

Call 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or  to begin your search


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Lakefront Home Inventory Increases the end of March


Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley both specializing in NH Lakes Realty  #nhlakesrealty


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