7 Tips for Moving into Your Beach House

Posted by Lee and Katherine Keadle on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 9:10am.

When moving to your dream beach house, it’s important to know that it won’t always be sunny and warm outside. While it’s true that you’ll be living in a prime location with mild weather, you will still need to deal with winter seasons and cooler nights.

When you move, there are a few things that you need to know. The following tips will help make your move just a little bit easier.

  1. The Summer Months Are Very Busy

In the summer, prime beach locations are a big draw for tourists. You’ll notice an increase in traffic and the amount of people renting homes around you. In most cases, beach homes will rent for cheaper in the winter and higher in the summer. This means that your neighbors may change with the seasons as rental prices rise.

  1. Winter Months Are Very Quiet

During the winter months, you’ll notice that the town is very quiet. Going to the beach in the winter is not the norm. You’ll have this time to go on the beach and enjoy a sunny day, and relax without many people sharing the beach with you.

  1. Wax Your Vehicle More Often

If you live near the ocean, you’ll need to make sure that you wax and wash your automobile more often. The salt from the ocean will cause oxidation to occur on your paint. It’s very important to wax your vehicle regularly in three-month intervals.

  1. Move During Winter Months

You’ll want to move during winter months, especially if you’re renting. This allows you to enjoy a cheaper overall rental price and get a feel for the surrounding area. And, if you’re going to buy a home, you’ll find that prices during the winter are usually cheaper as sellers are trying to unload their homes.

Home inventory will drop in the winter, but you’ll enjoy lower prices as well.

Most homes that are listed in the winter are either not selling fast, or the seller needs to get out of their home and is willing to take a lower price as a result.

  1. Ensure Your Movers Deliver Your Furniture On Time

Movers often change the details of your move ever so slightly. Many homebuyers and renters will ask the moving company to move their items on a specific date. For example, they may ask the mover to have all of their items delivered on January 5th. But, when they arrive, none of the items have been delivered.

This is because movers often give a date range for when the items will be delivered.

You don’t want to arrive at your new home only to find that your furniture will not arrive until three days later. Always get your delivery date listed in your contract so that you know when your items will arrive at your new home. This is less of a problem when you’re moving locally, but more of a problem when you’re moving out of state.

  1. Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

If you’ve never lived near the beach before, you need to be prepared for hurricane season. This is a time when temperatures are changing and hurricanes are more likely to occur. Living near the beach, you’re at a much greater risk of being affected by hurricanes.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. The season will peak between August and September when hurricanes are more likely to occur.

Pay close attention to hurricane warnings and be prepared if the worst happens. Luckily, hurricanes are found much earlier than other natural disasters. You’ll have time to prepare and leave the area if necessary.

  1. Many Stores and Restaurants Will Close in the Winter

We mentioned that the winter months are routinely slower, but we did not discuss store and restaurant closings. If you live in a tourist-centric town, many local hotspots will lessen their hours due to lesser profitability.

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