Imagine waking up every morning to the gentle sounds of the waves lapping against the beach and the fresh, invigorating seaside aroma permeating the air.
The dream of owning a house by the seaside is an alluring one for many people, and because of the demand these properties often tend to command a premium price tag.
This has been further bolstered by the rising trend of remote working following the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Working from home became an increasingly attractive option for both employers and employees within some industries.
Along with the reassurance of owning property in some of the most highly valued regions of the country, the ability to let a seaside property out during the off-season is another major appealing factor for investors, effectively subsidising their holiday with the income generated during the rest of the year.
Owning a coastal property does however require some additional upkeep in exchange for the idyllic lifestyle they offer, most of which can easily be overcome with the proper planning beforehand.
One of the most important factors to plan ahead for is the effect that the higher levels of moisture and salt in the air can have on material such as wood and steel. Wood will tend to rot much quicker if not properly treated, and most steel alloys, apart from stainless steel, will rust. This means that things such as outdoor decking, doors, and window frames will need to be maintained regularly.
Also be sure to bear this in mind when selecting your outdoor furniture. Teak and wicker furniture are popular choices as both of these materials are dense enough to withstand the seaside air.
Most residents of seaside communities would agree that these considerations are far outweighed by the pleasures and lifestyle that comes with owning a seaside property.
If you’re considering investing in a coastal property, take a look at some of our current seaside properties in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) here: https://www.homeandhectare.com/results/residential/for-sale/port-elizabeth/all/?advanced_search=7286cd8451060b5f2a64e897a34457e7
For more advice contact Home and Hectare on 041 581 1744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let our coastal property specialists assist you.