Many of us dream of living on the beach, waking up to the sound of the waves and being able to take a walk or swim whenever we choose.
But if we don’t pay attention to some important details our dream can quickly become a nightmare.
Research your location: if you are not familiar with the area consider renting first. Discover if the local area has the amenities that you and your family need to feel comfortable and happy.
Location, location, location: find out about your new neighbours, do they have children or pets that will affect your enjoyment of your new home? In a remote location you may be more vulnerable to theft and in a busier location you may not get the peace and quiet you desire.
Work with a local realtor: is this going to be your year round home, and if so, do the local businesses stay open all year? When was the last big storm and how much damage did it cause? Is flooding an issue? Research all of these to discover if this new house is your ideal home.
As with all new homes a home inspection is key: walk away if there are signs of flooding or the potential for it. Or research the costs of raising your new house, if you are sure that it is the home you want.
Hire a land surveyor: consider erosion and subsidence. Have a professional check out the land and take their advice. A good sign of well draining land is lots of trees and bushes. A newly laid lawn could raise a red flag; what is it trying to cover up?
Consider buying a few blocks away from the beach: a beach front home will appreciate in value more but it could be more prone to storm damage and need repairs. A home just a few blocks from the beach will likely cost less and have more accommodation.
Budget: as with all new properties buy what you can afford. But bear in mind that beach front properties will cost more to insure, will be more prone to wind, salt and sea damage and will cost more to maintain.
Beach living is a dream and not something you should discount due to the considerations it brings. Just make sure that you are wise in your choice and you should enjoy your beachfront home for many years.