Knowing the advantages of living near the beach can be a tantalizing prospect. Ocean views never go old and bright opportunities for investment as a leisure resort destination.
But there is also a set of less desirable characteristics associated with living near the beach.
Depending on where you are in the Philippines, catastrophes such as typhoons and flooding can occur everywhere. But the damage can be more pronounced, and risk is higher among those who live near rivers or large bodies of water, especially when super typhoons strike. While we often enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in a serene beachfront life, we don’t want to witness the other side of nature.
Sandy home floor
Sand is a naturally occurring element in beaches, and if you live near the beach, chances are you’ll get that sandy feel beneath your feet at home. While it’s more annoying than destructive, you’d wish it was easy to get rid of grains of sand to keep your home neat and tidy. That’s whether you have an outdoor shower or not.
In many cases, living in a beachfront property also exposes your vicinity to tourists and beachgoers. The natural attraction to the beach easily translates to unwanted sound and disturbance throughout the day, sometimes deep in the night. Worse, litterbugs and possibly intrusion of privacy from trespassers might also occur.
Corrosive sea spray
The salty air coming from the sea breeze has destructive properties that can cause damage to your home appliances such as refrigerators and electronic equipment.
Costly preventive maintenance
Development costs for beachfront properties are higher due to the extra expenses needed to extend their lifespan. Insulation from the impact of the sea breeze plus expenses in maintaining a specialized sewerage system, as required by law.
Expensive insurance coverage
In anticipation of added risks of flood and typhoon, insurance premiums, you need to pay for your beachfront property might be higher than a typical residential unit.
Rise in sea level
Whether you are in the global warming bandwagon or not, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that sea levels are rising. If your house is built close to the beach and touch the waves of the sea, be prepared to take measures in case the sea levels rise.
As attractive as it looks, owning a home close to the beach also presents a list of issues often not detected by merely looking at the property and marveling at the majestic views. If you are still keen on getting a beachfront home, the above challenges can and should be used to your advantage to better bargain about its property value.