Living in a waterfront home in Florida can be a dream come true for many homeowners. The endless views of the water, mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets, and privacy are just some of the many benefits of owning a property by the water.
However, living by the water comes with its own set of challenges. Kim Martin-Fisher and Jennifer Martin-Faulkner of the KMF | JMF group know firsthand the joys and challenges of owning waterfront property in Ponte Vedra Beach and the Jacksonville Beaches area.
Here are their top five tips to ensure your waterfront home thrives in Northeast Florida.
Florida is known for its frequent and heavy rainfall. Therefore, it is essential to have proper drainage systems in place to prevent flooding and water damage. When purchasing a waterfront property, it is wise to check for areas of the yard that may lack proper drainage. Ensure the backyard slopes towards the waterline with a bulkhead or protective dune as a barrier. Consider installing French drains or grading to ensure that water does not accumulate in areas of the yard.
2. Critter Control:
Living by the water means you will have to deal with various critters and insects. To enjoy your outdoor spaces, it is recommended to install an organic misting system. A professional service provider can set up a misting system on the property to eliminate bugs before they get to you, your food, and your guests. Companies like Mosquito Nix offer practical solutions for mosquito and other bug control services. Landscape maintenance is also essential to controlling bugs and critters on the water.
3. Marine Grade Lighting and Stainless Steel Materials:
When building or renovating a waterfront property, it is important to choose materials that can withstand the harsh sun and salt air. Marine-grade lighting and fans are an excellent investment as they are designed to resist rust and corrosion. Choosing stainless steel nails and hinges can also prevent rust and corrosion, ensuring the longevity of your home's structure. Your roof is particularly vulnerable to corrosion, and using stainless steel nails can help your roof last longer.
4. Regular Maintenance:
Living by the water requires regular maintenance to ensure your property remains in good condition. Regular cleaning of the home's exterior, including power washing the siding and roof, can prevent the buildup of salt and other debris. It is also essential to check for any signs of water damage annually. Visually inspect the interior and exterior for leaks and mold growth. Caulk or seal at any found openings, and repair wood rot. Regular inspection and maintenance of your home's siding, gutters, and drainage systems can prevent costly repairs in the future.
Living by the water can also increase the risk of damage from natural disasters, including hurricanes and flooding. It is essential to have adequate insurance coverage to protect your property and personal belongings. Make sure you understand what your insurance policy covers and does not cover.
Owning a waterfront property in Florida can be a dream come true, but it also requires proper maintenance and precautions to thrive by the water.
Kim Martin-Fisher and Jennifer Martin-Faulkner are experienced luxury real estate agents with over 45 years of combined experience in the Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra area.
They are well-versed in the luxury market and have helped many clients buy and sell stunning waterfront properties in the area.
Whether you're looking to buy or sell a waterfront property, you can trust Kim and Jennifer to provide expert guidance and assistance every step of the way.
Call Kim at (904) 699-9993 or Jennifer at (904) 524-6000 today.