What You Should Know About Owning a Beach Property

93794_428201142255PM97166Owning a coastal, beachfront property is very exciting. For most, it’s their second home, and for some, it could be their first. Either way, a beachfront property has a lot of perks, but there are many things you should know about living in a beach property. Beach houses are typically in locations that offer recreation and close proximity to the town, two advantages to a beachfront property. Whether you’re in the market for a short-term beach property or looking to purchase your own, here’s what you should know about owning a beach property:

Research the Location

While there are many similaries between beach towns, each one has its own traits that set it apart from the next. You should experience life in the town that you are interested in living in. If you haven’t spent much time in that town, we recommend you take some time to do so, wether you simply take a day trip to the beach or spend a few days there on vacation. If you’re interested in purchasing a beach house as a second home or vacation in the area, research a little further and look for these important aspects of the town:

  • How close is the town to the beach?
  • Are neighbors close or are they spread out?
  • How close is nearest grocery store? Many beach towns have local convenient stores, but sometimes you might need to travel to a larger grocery store for additional items.
  • Is there a hospital nearby? Urgent care center?

Get Help From a Local Realtor

A local realtor will know the inner-workings of the town, which neighborhoods are best, and work to meet your real estate needs. They will also know the history of the area, tips about weather, businesses, schools, and much more.

Know Your Neighbors

The one great thing about beach towns is that many neighbors are located very close to one another. It may not be the case for every home, but a lot of beachfront properties have been built close to each other to accomodate the demand of beach properties. It ultimately depends on the location, but you should definitely get to know your neighbors. They will be your guide to the town, helping you with any questions you might have. They might know of some secret shops in another direction you may not have known about or other additional tips about the town.

Weigh Beachfront vs. Off-Beach Property

Some home seekers look specifically for a beachfront property while others might only be interested in a home that’s in close proximity to the beach. Consider your options between the two. What do you desire the most? Do you picture yourself sitting on the beach after having taken only two steps from your front door? Do you have children? If so, then you might consider having a home a couple blocks away to avoid beach-goers. Some beachfront properties sit on private beaches. These are all factors you will need to consider.

Have a Home Inspection

Home inspections are a given for any property you purchase, however for coastal living, it’s definitely a must. Look for wear and tear and potential flooding hazards. Flood hazards create problems for electrical systems and the foundation of your home. You can always raise your home as a solution, if you fear this is a problem. You should always have your home inspected in addition to surveying the land.

About the Author: Kevin is a guest contributor from Penny Realty, helping home seekers with beach vacation rentals, long term rentals, and real estate options in San Diego, CA.

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