Buying a home on 30 A can be one of the best investments you’ll ever make. These luxury cottages, townhouses, and beautiful waterfront homes are a great getaway, second home, vacation property or your next permanent residence. We want your experience to be fabulous and we want you to enjoy your home long after you have finalized the payment so that comes in the form of a great home inspection.
We never recommend waiving the home inspection as it is a great way to learn about the property, any damage, and any maintenance that you might need to perform down the road.
Here are some uncommon things to look for during the home inspection.
#1. Proper construction and structural integrity.
You’ve heard that old proverb about building your house on the sand? Well, you can build on the sand but it must have the proper construction and foundation. Your home inspector will look at the foundation and make sure that any stilts are properly installed and they are in good condition. Any beams, braces, posts or pillars underneath the home need to be free of termite and pest damage and can withstand several more years of wear and tear. Your inspector will look for any leaks, mold, separation or cracks and make recommendations if necessary.
#2. Walk the entire property.
With your real estate agent, you should be able to walk the boundary of the property to verify land lines, and if anyone else has encroached on your property. Look at easements, beach access, and if you’re satisfied not only with the structure of the property itself.
#3. Check the roof.
Roofs, especially those against a beach or waterfront, can take the additional wear and tear from the elements. Your home inspector will make sure that the shingles or any roof construction have been properly maintained. They should also be able to give you an idea of how long the roof will last and what it would cost to repair any issues.
#4. Topography grade.
The percentage of grade to the land could have an issue or affect the home later on down the road. Your inspector should check for sloping or draining toward the house or underneath the house. If the house has crawl spaces, the inspector will check the foundation for any movement, settling or water. Water can seep up the foundation leading to rot inside the home.
Other things and an inspector might not be able to check but that you can check before buying are:
- Insurance requirements
- Hidden costs such as water and sewer rates
- Research the Shoreline’s history and future for erosion
All of these things can play into whether or not you’re purchasing the right beachfront property.
If you’d like a list of all of the current properties for sale along scenic 30 A contact us. Feel free to browse the website for all available listings or to learn more about this gorgeous part of the country.