What Buyers Need to Know Before Buying a Waterfront Home

In Tammy Samuels' recent blog post, this Guelph real estate agent gives advice on the need to know information on waterfront properties.

Owning a property on the waterfront is a lifelong objective for many buyers. But this ownership dream can quickly become a nightmare for those who don’t complete their research on waterfront property before they buy. There are a number of factors to consider before settling into a home by the water and in this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know to make the transition comfortably and for the long-term.


Can You Add to the Property?

An important part of the home ownership process is making the property your own with new additions. However, in many cases, waterfront properties cannot be altered. For example, you might find that you’re not able to add that dock to the exterior of the property. It’s important to speak with your real estate agent about the potential for adding to the home.


Consider the Safety Issues 

For those moving into waterfront property with their families, it’s important to consider the safety issues that are unique to waterfront property ownership. For example, you might have to install a fence surrounding the yard to prevent young children and pets from falling into the water.


Evaluate How the Property Might Change with the Seasons

While that waterfront home might look great in the peak of the summer, the winter could present its own set of ownership challenges. But buyers should also consider the factors involved in year-round waterfront property ownership. For example, how does the home respond to changing water levels from winter to spring? Does the water quality level change from spring to summer? These are important factors to review when speaking with a specialist about waterfront property ownership.


It’s Important to Have a Real Estate Agent with Waterfront Experience

Only by working with a professional who has experience in buying and selling waterfront properties can you secure your ideal waterfront home. Professionals with experience in this unique real estate area can you help understand your maintenance requirements as a waterfront homeowner. They can help you understand how the elements might impact your ownership experience. And they can also help you select that ideal waterfront home within a prized location.


The waterfront home ownership experience can help fulfill a life-long dream. Speak with one of our trusted waterfront property experts directly to learn more on moving forward in the property ownership process.