What You Should Consider Before Buying a Beach House

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What You Should Consider Before Buying a Beach House

Most of us have had the dream of owning a beach house, waking up to the sound of waves, and seeing the breathtaking ocean the first thing in the morning. However, the reality of such a dream is that it is a serious investment, and there are a few things you should know before you buy a beach house. Of course, there is nothing wrong in having such a dream, but in order to actually enjoy turning it into a reality, you want to avoid any unpleasant surprises. So, here are a few things you should be aware of before buying a house on the shore. 

Hire a local real estate agent

There are many benefits of working with a professional, but the bottom line is that they would know everything about the area that interests you, from the weather to the local businesses. After all, you’re buying a house on the beach, which means that the weather, as well as tourism, can affect your life in it. So, if you’re interested in the Northern Beaches area, finding a professional in real estate on the Northern Beaches would allow you to find a perfect beach house that would fit all your requirements.

Research your location

If you’re not that familiar with the region that interests you, it might not be a bad idea to learn more about it before you make any big decisions. Therefore, consider renting accommodation in it for a few weeks so you can get to know the place and perhaps even meet your new neighbours. This way, you can learn which spots are the best for your needs, how far the home that interests you is from other points of interest, how close the nearest grocery store is, etc. In short, you’d get to actually experience living in the area, and there’s no better way to learn everything you should know about it.

Inspect your home

When talking about coastal homes, having a thorough home inspection is essential. A good home inspector would look for any signs of wear and tear that can be related to the age of the property, but they will also look for signs of damage due to the sea, weather, and other environmental factors. If there is such damage, they should also be able to tell you how often it happens. What they tell you should help you decide whether to buy the house or not, as too much damage also means that you’d have to constantly invest in repairs. Luckily, many beach houses today are built far enough from the sea to prevent floods but still close enough to have the view. So, look for such homes, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about. 

Maintain it

Due to the weather and environment in general, beach houses usually undergo more wear and tear than average homes. This means that any beach house you get would require regular maintenance in order to stay in good shape. For example, the roof usually takes the most beating, so you should look for beach houses that have a relatively new roof, preferably made of metal. Windows are also very important, as beach houses often come with strong winds and storms. In short, all the materials need to be durable and hurricane-resistant, and if you do notice any damage, make sure to repair it right away. 

Check the amenities

When exploring your neighbourhood, pay attention to the amenities. After all, what good is buying a house on the beach if you’d have to drive every day to get what you need? Plus, if you ever decide to make some extra money by renting your beach house, the amenities around it would definitely play a role in the price and attractiveness of your property. 

Think about renting

When talking about renting your beach house, you need to first assess whether it would actually be a good enough return on your investment. If what you’d earn from renting cannot cover the cost of regular maintenance, insurance, remodelling, and everything else you’d need to do before renting out your property, it might not be worth it. You also need to keep in mind your audience – people who search for beach houses are very often couples and families, so having more than one bedroom would definitely be a plus. With all that in mind, it would be smart to first do some research on the nearby rentals, so you can understand what you need in order to compete on the market. And if the numbers don’t work in your favour, don’t rush with buying.


To sum up, if you’ve always dreamed about owning a beach house, don’t feel discouraged after this text. Just keep in mind that there’s much more to it than enjoying the view. Be smart about this kind of investment, do your research, and it’s bound to pay off in more ways than one. 

Will Sandford

Will Sandford is a Sydney based wood architect, blogger and contributor on interior design and ecology blogs.

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