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Choosing the Right Dock for your Lakefront Home

Posted by Veronica On August - 13 - 2014

Fascinating Lake View Summer Lake House with Dock If you’re looking for a lakefront home, Maine is a great place to choose. The Lakes Region there is beautiful, and you’ll have some excellent options for a vacation home or a permanent place to call your own. One of the reasons so many people choose lakefront homes is so they can easily go boating whenever they want to. They dream of life in and around the water. If you’re focused on waterfront homes because of your boating needs, you’ll want to choose the right dock. Some homes already have them, and others will need to have them built, but either way you want to get the one that works for you.

An aluminum dock is a great choice for many people. It generally holds up better than wood, and doesn’t need as much maintenance. Prices for these kinds of docks really vary. Make sure you find a company that knows what you need and is willing to work with you to make sure you’re happy with the end result. Unlike a wooden dock, an aluminum dock can stay looking great throughout the years, and can handle the winters more easily. The changing temperature won’t have as much of an effect on the metal as it would with other materials.

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Some people choose a floating dock. Not having it anchored into the ground has its advantages, as it allows for a more natural movement with any rise and fall that occurs in the lake’s water levels. With temperature changes throughout the year, along with changing weather patterns and storms that can take an area by surprise occasionally, having a dock that can work with those changes is one of the best ways to make certain the dock can last for a long time. A floating dock is also an important asset if you’re planning on selling the home in the future, but it can be expensive.

Waterfront homes are great options, overall, and they’re made even better when they have a dock attached to them. Because boating is such a popular pastime in the Maine Lakes Region, it’s common for people who are moving there to want to find a home that already has a dock attached to it. It doesn’t have to be floating, or aluminum, but those options do provide advantages that won’t be found with an older, wooden dock. That’s worth considering when you’re putting in a dock, because you’ll want to consider future resale.

The amount you have to spend on your dock matters, of course, but so does the actual value you’ll be getting for that money. The more value your dock provides to you, the more value it will likely provide to others in the future, too. Even if you don’t plan to ever sell your Maine home, circumstances can change. Making the right dock choice will mean a good time for you while you own the home, and an easier time selling that home, if you should decide to do that in the future.

About the Author

As a broker specializing in multi-units and single family homes in Southern Maine, Veronica Schneider joined the real estate industry in August of 2004 bringing with her over eight years of experience in real estate management. You can find Veronica and Green Tree Realty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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