Having a home on the ocean is many people's idea of paradise. After all, you can't beat views of the sparkling water, the sound of the surf, and an instant destination for fun or relaxation. Owners should be aware that oceanfront homes require different care since humidity, the sun, sand, and salty air can all take their toll on your home.
Our real estate agents suggest the following maintenance tips for your oceanfront home:
- Clean regularly and thoroughly
Sand and humidity can take a severe toll on your home, so you'll need to be especially diligent about cleaning. Clean every bit of your home regularly – particularly the exterior – to prevent problems like mold. Mold thrives in damp, humid coastal areas, so you'll need to inspect your home for it frequently.
- Have frequent termite inspections
Your oceanfront home can be a target for termites that can wreak havoc on the structure of your home. Sign up for a quarterly pest prevention program that includes spraying for termites as well as other pests, since many thrive in this type of environment.
- Lower your home's humidity levels
Humidity can cause mold and water damage, so you should take steps to lower the levels in your home. Make sure your home is properly ventilated and use dehumidifiers.
- Avoid metal parts when you can
Sea salt can cause the metal to corrode, so use fiberglass frames for your doors and windows since they're more resistant to damage. If you have to use metal inside your home, choose stainless steel or aluminum.
- Take special care of your windows
Windows should be cleaned weekly to remove any salt particles that accumulate. Also, your windows that face the ocean will need to have extra strength to guard against high winds. Make sure they're of a higher thickness than other windows, and they should also be made of shatterproof glass.
- Protect your exterior paint and caulking
Check your exterior paint and caulking at least twice a year for any signs of damage. Repaint with weatherproof paint when needed and fill in any cracks or gaps with caulk.
- Re-stain Your Wood
If you have any wood on the outside of your home, it could be vulnerable to water damage. Protect your wood as much as possible by re-staining it seasonally.
- Insure your home properly
Make sure your home and its contents are properly insured. You may need to look at flood or other specialized insurance to ensure that you'll be protected in case of a weather disaster. A regular homeowner's policy may not provide the coverage you need.
- Protect your patio furniture
Protect the furniture you use on your porch or deck by covering it with tarps when you're not using it. This will protect it from sun damage as well as from sea salt and sand. Clean it regularly and use a special wax to provide an extra layer of protection against the elements.
- Choose the right landscaping
Talk to a local expert to choose the right landscaping to withstand ocean winds. He or she can recommend plants that can be used as a wind break.
Contact us today to see some of the best Southport homes for sale. Living on the ocean is a dream for many people, and we can help make yours come true!