Science and home buying aren't generally two subjects that go hand-in-hand. However, when it comes to buying a waterfront property, it's a good idea to rely on science as a bit of a guide. Waterfront properties are beautiful, but some waterfront properties come along with risks. Learn about some of the environmental factors that you should consider to help you choose a waterfront property.
Body of Water
Not all bodies of water are the same — more specifically, there is saltwater and freshwater. The reason this distinction is so important is that the makeup of the water determines the type of impact it has on the surfaces that surround it, such as your home.
This impact often comes in the form of maintenance. Between saltwater and freshwater, saltwater will typically drive up the level of maintenance the homeowner will be required to complete to maintain their property. After all, water isn't stagnant; it moves, and it even releases molecules into the air. As the moisture from the saltwater is released into the air, it can settle on the exterior metal surfaces of your home and cause corrosion and rust to form.
As a result, owning a home on a saltwater waterfront shoreline requires an ongoing effort to protect these metal services. Waterfront homes on freshwater shorelines have moisture risks but not nearly as many as saltwater. Think about how much maintenance you are comfortable with as you make your selection.
Another scientific factor you want to keep in mind as you search for a waterfront home is the history of the shoreline. Just like water, not all shorelines are the same. The concern is that there are certain environmental elements that impact the condition of the shoreline, more specifically, how much of an issue erosion is.
It's always a good idea to look closer at which environmental elements are targeting the waterfront property and look at what these changes are. For example, you should look up information that might highlight any changes in the location of the shoreline. For instance, if you see that the shoreline has eroded several inches annually for the last five years, this movement could signal a trend. This is a trend that could mean the property has an erosion problem.
The threat is that if this process continues, the shoreline will inch closer and closer to your home. If any environmental factors are driving this issue near the property, it might be wise to look at another waterfront property.
Keep these factors in mind as you search for a waterfront home.