5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Beachfront Vacation Home

This summer, you may be heading to the beach to enjoy some fun in the sun, sand and surf. However, you may be wondering why you have to drive all the way to beach only to spend a few hours and then go home. This is why purchasing a beachfront vacation home can be so beneficial and one of the best investments you can make. Not only can you spend the summer on your ocean front property, but you can also rent it out throughout of the year to really help offset some of the costs. Here are five things to consider when purchasing a beachfront vacation home.

  1. Is the beach private? This is one of the most important questions to ask and one of the most critical considerations to make. When it comes down to it, the beach will be your backyard, so you’ll want to know whether or not your backyard will have strangers lounging on it during the summer months. You may want to find a realtor, like Realty Associates Florida Properties, that specializes in beachfront properties to help you locate a property with private beach access.
  2. Is there water damage? A lot of beachfront homes - especially older beachfront homes - have signs of water damage. As the years go by, the water evaporates and can enter the structure of your home. This can cause architectural instability and it can create an issue with mold. Mold can be especially nefarious - to your home and health. So you want to make sure that there were modern methods put in place to protect the home from mold and mildew. If this is going to be a problem regardless, you may want to find a home that is pushed a little further back from the water.
  3. Is the main town close? Part of the fun of owning a beachfront property is that it is your own oasis away from the tourist and away from the rest of the world. So, you may want to do a little check to see how many miles away the closest town is. In some cases, you may want to be a little more remote and private. Part of the fun of owning a beach house is that you can head into town whenever you need to and then retreat back.
  4. Is the water safe to swim in? These days, you can never be too sure when it comes to the cleanliness of ocean water. The oceans have become the roadways for ships and freightliners so you’ll want to find out if the water is polluted in some way. If you have children, you certainly don’t want them to be swimming in polluted waters so it’s important to do some research into the water quality in the area before buying.
  5. Is there a noise issue with the waves? Some people like falling asleep to the sound of the waves however, some people have a hard time, especially if the waves are incredibly booming throughout the night. So, you want to do a little test to see if the waves are particularly loud or not. In the end, most beachfront homes have double-paned, insulated glass, so the waves are partially muted making for a restful evening.

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