Four Things to Look for When Searching Waterfront Homes for Sale

Waterfront homes for sale come with a premium price tag. They may also come with a few issues. If you want to avoid these issues, here is what to look for if you intend to buy waterfront property. 

Dock Condition

If the waterfront property does not have a dock, you can expect to invest tens of thousands to build one. If it does have a dock, you will need to pay someone to inspect it to make sure it is in very good condition and not experiencing dry rot, is growing mold/mildew, or is otherwise unsafe for use. For the price you pay for the property, an included dock should be fully functional and safe.

Shoreline Condition

A shoreline on a waterfront property should be properly bolstered, sand-bagged, and/or built-up with more compact and thicker soils so that your property does not erode away year after year. It should also prevent flooding in springtime, if the property is in the northern half of the U.S. where melting snow and ice mixed with heavy spring rains causes the waterway to rise. If you want to be absolutely sure about the shoreline on a property, ask a surveyor to check it out and give you an idea of what you can expect or need to do to make it better.

Rodent Traps on the Property

If you tour a property that you like the looks of, be sure to look very carefully around the property for rodent traps. Living so close to water means you could have problems with rats, mice, and other critters you would rather not encounter. If there is an excess of traps (one everywhere you look in the house and on the property), you may want to avoid purchasing that property.

Additionally, not spotting a single rodent trap of any kind does not mean the owners do not experience these problems. They may have just removed the traps to make things appear more habitable for home tours. Asking neighbors about rodent problems is probably the best solution, since the neighbors will be quite honest about the number of traps they have out and for what reasons.

Invasive or Problematic Water Plant Species

Water lilies in June may be quite beautiful, but they can choke up a boat rudder quickly. When you visit a waterfront property, check for signs of invasive water plant species, or just water plants that grow and spread out rapidly. These plants will be very problematic if you expect to boat, fish, or swim, and having a professional water landscaper remove them can get quite expensive.


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