5 Things to Consider When Buying Waterfront Property

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 11 February 2015 01:06
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Waterfront property offers a picturesque landscape. It is the ideal place to spend the holidays. It’s a place where you can relax and bond with the family.

This type of property is desired by many. North Carolina offers countless options. But before deciding on the purchase of your dreams, there are a few things that you should be aware of to get the best value for your money. Here are the 5 most important things to consider before striking a deal:

1. Can you build on the property?

You may have to pay a large sum to buy North Carolina riverfront property. But before buying, you should check to see if it will allow you to expand. Check the restrictions on the property with respect to the location of the flood plain and other building restrictions. Ensure that you will be permitted to add a dock or any other necessary structure. Your lavish house should facilitate living the life you’ve always pictured.                                                                  

2. How strong is the structure?      

If buying a finished river-front home, have an inspection performed on the quality and craftsmanship of the structure. You can expect to experience more wear-and-tear by living on waterfront property. Homes located in the flood plain will have unique requirements and features.  Also, check that pipes and nails are protected from rust.

3. What kind of insurance will you need?

Check what kind of insurance your house may require. Many waterfront homes that are for sale in North Carolina may require flood insurance. You can use flood maps from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to find out how prone your location is. Choose the location wisely. Insurance may be costly and complicated at times. Select the one that is necessary and requires minimum processing.

4. How much maintenance will your home require?

A buyer should know that waterfront property requires a lot more maintenance. Because of the rough environment, you need to check on your house regularly. The water and wind will rust and deteriorate the fixtures easily. For example, when you replace a part in 12 years for a normal house, you may need to do the same in eight years for a waterfront one.

5. What precautions should be taken?

A waterfront house may require many safety measures. If you have kids or pets in your house, then you will have to be extra careful.  Fencing or alarms for their protection may be a good option. Also, be extra careful that they do not go too close to the water without supervision.

If you consider these things while browsing waterfront property for sale in North Carolina, you will be on the right path to choose the best house that suits you and fill your vacations with delight. 


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Jacqueline Delk

The Coves offers waterfront homes, mountain properties, etc. for sale in North Carolina with year-round enjoyable climate & multiple avenues for recreation.


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