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What to Know About Owning a Vacation Home by the Water

Doesn’t owning a beach house sound so dreamy and idyllic? There are so many benefits of having a house on the water. However, due to the location of a beach house, there are some extra precautions that you’ll need to take in order to keep it well maintained. Here are a few things that you should know about owning a vacation home by the water.

Get it Insured

First of all, you will want to get your vacation home insured. There are a lot of risks that could come to your home by the water. Your home will likely have to endure a lot of coastal storms that could damage your home’s roof and exterior. If you are quite close to the ocean, you might also experience some flooding from high tides. The damage caused by these types of conditions can be quite expensive. Make sure that you get your vacation home insured so you can protect yourself financially if you ever do run into extensive damage or disaster.

Prevent Water Damage

Insuring your house will benefit you greatly by protecting you financially. However, there are also some measures that you can take to protect your home from water damage in the future. Doing smaller maintenance things such as securing and cleaning your gutters can go a long way. That can prevent damage to your roof and property. You can also upgrade your doors and windows to prevent any leakage, particularly the windows of your basement. A submersible pump moves water out of your pipes and away from your home.

Use it as a Rental Property

On a brighter note, you should also consider what you’ll be doing with your vacation property while you’re not staying there yourself. With your jobs and other responsibilities, you won’t be able to stay at your vacation house all year round, no matter how much you may like to. You should consider using your vacation beach home as a rental property. This will help the property to be better used, and it will bring in some extra rental income that will help you with the expenses.

So, if you’re interested in buying a vacation property by the sea, make sure to remember these suggestions. Remember to insure your property, prevent water damage, and use your home as a rental property. This can help you to make the best use of your investment while you enjoy its delightful location.

Check out this article on how to fortify your vacation home to avoid damage!


by Virgin America Flight Attendant
TJ Newman



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