Home again, home again… We just got back from a week-long trip to the beach. Becky and I take the kids to Hilton Head a lot. Her grandparents lived there and she has been going there since she was just a toddler.
Anyway, the time has come where we’ve decided that we are going to really look for a house there, so today I am partnering with James Hardie® to bring you 10 tips to remember when buying a beach house.
We go there several times a year, usually at least once every other month. The money that we are spending on renting would be better spent on a house that we owned. We could spend the same amount, but know that we are putting it towards a mortgage (plus, we are planning to rent it out, so we figure a few months of the mortgage will be covered by the family renting it).
Here are 10 things that we know we need in a beach house:
1- Is it far enough above sea level?
In Hilton Head, if your house is below 14 feet above sea level, you will pay MUCH more in taxes. Most of the older houses will actually go from paying just a small amount to paying $30,000 a year in taxes, because of this new tax law.
2- Is it build well?
I want our house to be build well- it needs to stand up against the strong ocean winds. I would need the siding to be strong. (Becky and I love the siding from James Hardie® for this reason)
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We both know that we want a coastal blue color. Our favorite is find a contractor We actually talked about re-siding a house with this blue color:
Look at this one on the bay:
Here it is compared to a few others that we liked, too. If you would like to request samples of James Hardie® siding in any of the ColorPlus® Technology colors available in your region, order them here.
ps- you can find a contractor on their site.
4. Proximity to the beach.
For rental purposes, remember that the closer you are the beach, the higher your chance of renting it to someone else. People go to the beach to see the ocean. (We go to bike, but we are not the ordinary renter)
Does it have enough room? The house that we recently stayed at was perfect. It was two houses connected with a courtyard. We stayed with Becky’s brother’s family and her parents. Her parents stayed in the house next door and our family stayed in one house, while her brother stayed in the connected house. It was perfect!
Yes everyone wants an upgraded house. New furniture, bright kitchen, roomy decks, clean modern bathrooms.
We want to buy in a neighborhood that has amenities. It will make renting easier and we don’t have to have a pool, since most of the neighborhoods have heated pools in Hilton Head.
You pay for location, but remember that you will be paying for any damages or repairs, too. Be sure not to go over your budget.
9- Storage in the home.
If you are buying at the beach, they will want to have bikes, beach chairs, etc… do you have a storage area?
10- Outdoor shower.
We always stay in a house with an outdoor shower. Six kids (our four plus my niece & nephew) at the beach make for a very messy floor if they come inside to get a shower. An outdoor shower is a must.
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