Be aware of the orientation to the sun from your new lakefront home. This can play a huge factor in the enjoyment of your lakefront home in terms of lifestyle and entertaining. It certainly helps if your deck or patio has protection from the afternoon summer sun. If this is a concern, you may not want to buy on the east side of the lake or consider other sun-screening options. Not a morning person? Make sure you understand where the sun rises in relation to your bedroom. Also, be aware of where the predominant wind will strike the home in the winter… this could certainly impact your heating costs. Landscape features such as trees, rocky outcroppings and small hills can impact how your home performs. There is no substitute for a site with good southern exposure. It is recommended you bring a compass with you when viewing any property.