Three tips for finding the perfect lake property in Wisconsin

According to the Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin has 15,074 lakes! With so many to choose from, it might be challenging to select a lake when finding the perfect lake property. Here are a few tips for you to consider when shopping for your dream lake property.

Determine your goals

Everybody likes to enjoy their lake property differently, so some lakes may be better suited for your needs than others. Ask yourself how you intend to use the lake on an ideal weekend? Are you looking for a lake conducive to watersports? Or do you envision long pontoon rides listening to the call of the loons? Or perhaps you’re planning to spend the morning and evenings fishing for walleye, northern, or the elusive muskie? Knowing your goals can help narrow down the selection of lakes for your property purchase.

Decide on a budget

Deciding how much you can afford can definitely help in your quest to find the perfect lake property in Wisconsin. Prime lakeshore real estate comes at a cost. If you’re budget-conscious, you can usually get a better deal for your piece of paradise if you are willing to go a little off the beaten path or perhaps buy secondary lakeshore or something with a view instead of right on the water.

Know the rules

There are building ordinances or other local restrictions that could prevent homeowners from building near or on the shore or modifying an existing home in many cases. Before deciding on a specific home, I strongly recommend finding out the local restrictions and ordinances!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a lake property this summer, now is a great time to get started so that you have plenty of time for backyard barbecues, boat cruises, and bonfires!