When purchasing a vacation home in a snow-covered area, it is important to anticipate the number of people who will be using the property and to take precautions against snow accumulation.
Some vacation home properties in snow-covered areas are very spacious, but are sold at reasonable prices. A spacious vacation home is likely to be an attractive property not only for your own use but also for renting out to third parties.
On the other hand, please note that if the interior of the building is spacious, the utility bills may be high. Heating bills in winter can exceed 100,000 yen per month. Furthermore, the cost of removing the snow from the roof and disposing of it may run into the hundreds of thousands of yen each year.
Real estate located in snow-covered areas, not only vacation home properties, often make it impossible to go outside without shoveling the snow from the entrance area and the road to the public road on a daily basis. It is not uncommon to have several tens of centimeters of snow piled up in the middle of the night. If you grew up in an area with heavy snowfall, you may know that shoveling snow is a time-consuming task, as you have to fight against the weight and volume of snow.
Also, if the roofs are not cleared of snow and icicles, users may be seriously injured when they are walking under the eaves and the snow and icicles fall on their heads.