Buying any property, and especially one by the beach, is a huge investment that has the potential to make a huge impact, for good or bad, on your total finances. While you want to make sure that any home that you buy has a solid foundation, it is especially important with beach front homes for sale, which are usually built on shakier ground and will be subject to much more corrosive forces than property just a little bit further inland. Here are a few things to look for to make sure that your beach home won’t leave you out in the cold!
The first thing that you will need to look at is the foundation of the home itself. The foundation that your home has should match the ground that it is built on. For some areas you will need to have a concrete “raft” that the home will float on above the bedrock, while in areas with different soil compositions you will want to have foundation that is built on sunken pylons. Always make sure that you have an independent contractor check out the foundation for you before you make a firm offer on the property.
Another thing that you will have to look out for when you’re buying your beachfront property is the materials that the home is made out of. Sea air and water can be very corrosive, especially on certain metals, Make sure that the fixtures outside the home, from rain spouts to light fixtures are made out of corrosion-resistant metal.
Finally, beach homes can always take a battering in a storm, so make sure that your home is built to withstand the blows of mother nature. The home should have storm shutters and if you live in an area where hurricanes are common should also have some advanced construction features such as pegged roofs to minimize damage in heavy storms.
Buying property by the beach isn’t much different than buying property in other areas, but there are a few things that you have keep in mind when dealing with property at the beach that you won’t have to deal with further inland.
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