Your Guide to Coastal Living

Living coastal means time moving just a little bit slower, activities being done at a leisurely pace and making time to enjoy the surf, sun, sand and endless waterways. Between the calming smell of the sea, the wonderful weather and the inviting Brevard waterways…this is what makes coastal life on the Space Coast so desirable. 

 

Selling a coastal home… 

whether it’s on the ocean, river, canal or lake, have different aspects to be considered prior to listing for sale. 

 

Oceanfront home:

  • Has the salt air corroded the outside light fixtures, fans, A/C unit, outlets, outdoor furniture, etc?
  • Do you have salt build-up on the windows and frames?
  • Are your doors and windows hurricane rated?
  • Have you met all of the requirements to get the best price for home owners insurance?

Riverfront and Canal homes:

  • Is the dock safe and secure? Inspectors will look for safety, the pilings, decay, wraps and overall condition. Docks are especially susceptible to water and wind from hurricanes.
  • Is the seawall safe and secure? Inspectors will look for the condition of the cap, wall, evidence of erosion or repairs and other items.
  • If you have an electric hoist on your dock, is it in good working condition? Inspectors test all electric to ensure it is safe, examine the cables, motor and other components.

Lakefront homes:

  • Is your homeowner association maintaining the lakeshore?
  • Are you permitted to put up a fence? If so, what type? Buyers will want to know the restrictions.
  • Are you permitted to use recreational watercraft on the lake?

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Buying a coastal home…

 

Oceanfront home:

  • Check the cost of insurance, which is typically higher.
  • Shop for lighting, fixtures, fans, grill and patio furniture that will last longer in salt air.
  • If your’e buying a condominium, check the financials to make sure they are current and do they have a good reserve.
  • Check for mold and mildew.
  • Will the property require flood insurance?
  • If you are thinking of renting out your property, are there restrictions?

Riverfront and Canal homes:

  • Check the cost of insurance, which can be higher.
  • Check for mold and mildew.
  • Will the property require flood insurance?
  • Boaters and fisherman need to be aware of channels, no wake zones.
  • Boaters and fisherman need to be aware height clearance of bridges.
  • Boaters and fisherman need to be aware of navigating the waterways to the desired destinations.
  • In addition to a home inspection, obtain a dock/lift inspection.

Lakefront homes:

  • Is the homeowner association maintaining the lakeshore?
  • Do you have a pet? Ask if you’re permitted to have a fence? 
  • Ask if you are permitted to use recreational watercraft on the lake?
  • Be aware that lakes in Florida are known to have alligators.