By Dez Duran-Lamanilao
For some people, living by the sea may be a dream worthy to wish for and follow. The serenity that coastal living promises may be understandably hard to resist. The Gulf Shores in Alabama, for example, is well known for its soft and ultra-bright white sand. Residents can both bask in the sea breeze or a few miles west, even watch sea turtles and migratory birds at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, an added perk any nature lover would surely enjoy.
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Aside from having a relaxed mental state and having an awesome view to wake up to every day, living on the coast also allows for more recreational activities, healthier living, and less stress. You can get more Vitamin D from the sun and breathe fresher air. The sea has also been proven as an effective way to get rid of hair chemicals and dirt or even cure skin diseases such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
However, those who wish to invest in coastal properties should also bear in mind the possible drawbacks of such decision:
- The wear and tear resulting from extended exposure to sea air, which may shorten the lifespan of wood, cement and metal because of the higher level of moisture and corrosive salt it brings
- The terrain types of properties along the coast are harder than normal to build on, thus may mean more expensive construction costs
- Greater risk of flooding, which can impact your house and contents insurance
- The possibility of coastal erosion which may result to temporary or worse, permanent damage to the property
- Requires more maintenance especially if the façade is directly exposed to the prevailing wind
Whitehaven has specialized in writing high risk coastal properties since 2004. Get in touch with an expert now and find out how you can protect your investment without having to spend more.