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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:46 AM 06/03/08 (CST)
My wife has talked me into looking at a piece of property located on Big Sandy Lake. She said it isn’t a dream piece but wanted me to entertain the idea. Can you guys/gals give me anything to look for when looking at lakeshore property? I think this place has a modular home and sheds on it also.



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:59 AM 06/03/08 (CST)
This might not apply exactly to lakeshore property; but when I'm looking at just land in general, I want it to have more highland than lowland (mainly becuase its is nearly unusable) and I don't want to see my neighboors as much as possible.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:15 AM 06/03/08 (CST)
I would look at the same thing. Consider if you have any wetlands on the property, these will have to be left along for the most part so you may consider that if you want to build on or alter the land.

I would also look at the lake access, is it weedy, shallow, rocky, etc. Figure out if it will work for what you will use it for. Not all shorelines are good for swimming or docking a boat.

I would also consider how good the fishing would be from a dock, although thats not a make or break thing.

You might also want to consider the direction the property faces, if its on the east side of the lake you may get stonger winds during storms that may play havoc with docks or boats. Again this shouldn't be a make or break thing but worth noting.

I would also look at the neighbors and how they use their land. Do they like to bring in muddding trucks that cause alot of noise or are they a retired couple that considers a slow pontoon ride to be "Exciting"?

These are just some of the things that I would consider, if its not a dream piece of land you may want to look at what improvements you can do to it within the law. You might be able to make it into a dream spot which you can enjoy for years or sell for a nice profit if the mood strikes you.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:21 PM 06/03/08 (CST)
I don't know how useful I can be but I live here in Central Missouri around Lake of the Ozarks. And lake property is really "HOT" around here as far as popularity.
-I know things that are considered are how far is it from town, what school district.
-Are you going to build a dock, is there room for one? How deep is the water where the dock will go?
-Is the lot big enough for building a house?
-Is there city sewer available or do you have to put in your own septic system? Can you get the permits for the septic and how far do you have to go from the water and how much will it cost.
-Is the ground stable or will you have to spend extra money stabilizing the ground to support a house.
-Is there direct access to the property or do you have to access it via an easement? Are the papers filed for the easement so you don't run into legal issues later?
-Is the land survey current?

Here are just a few things I know we are faced with down in this area.

Hope this helps..

Thanks.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:32 PM 06/03/08 (CST)
Just remembered one more thing to consider.

If there are structures on the land currently check to see how far away from the water they are. Alot of times these properties have had houses or structures on them for a long time and may be closer to the water then currently permissable.

I have some friends who have lake property in the family. There are 3 small cabins on the property and only one is currently legal. That means that the two that are too close can not be added on to or rebuilt in the current location if ever destroyed. This became an issue wehn my friends wanted to add a bathroom to the cabins which didn't have one. They ended up having to build a compeltely seperate structure back away from the water for the bathroom. Not the most convienent option but it did work.

Lots of weird laws and different situautions you might run into if you ever need to improve the land or structures.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:37 PM 06/03/08 (CST)
Great points GettheFrabil & Nofish, I would also just like to add to make sure the land has been legally surveyed & marked, are all the building on just one lot or do they cross lot lines? My folks purchased a cabin on BSL in 1963, not many lots were actually surveyed before buildings went up, as a result both cabins on either side had been built on lot lines, one was actually 10-20 feet on a public access.(the access is no longer there as a result of a settelment) The other was built 10-20 feet on our side & the 2nd owner built a pole building crossing lot lines in back, he tried to sell one of the lots but couldn't as a result, if he wanted to keep the building.
Make sure the driveway/ access to your property is on your property or that you have a legal easement. A cabin near us was sold a few years back & the new owner would no longer allow the long-time neighbors the use of his road. (what a %*$#^!)
Like Nofish said earlier about the east side of lakes, BSL on the main basin is fairly shallow and gets windy & choppy to some good sized whitecaps and makes for some difficult landings and launches and that rocky shoreline is unforgiving. One storm picked up both our 16' run-about w/ 70 hp motor and the shore station it was tied down to and smashed both on the rocks.
Don't forget to look for high water lines on buildings, rocks and trees and ice-out damage to shoreline.
All that said, it a Great lake to have fun on, lots of bays to get out of the wind if you want to take someone skiing or tubing, or find some wind for sailing. fishing aint bad too either, if ya like that sort of thing... wink smiley Good Luck & happy(cabin)hunting Sand Burr


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:45 PM 06/03/08 (CST)
Great help! Lots of things to think about. frown smiley



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