What should I be looking for while touring homes on the Outer Banks?
A prospective buyer of OBX beach property has two things usually in mind when searching the MLS for an Outer Banks Beach home – location to the beach and the ocean views . But did you know that people spend more time shopping for a car than a home? The coastal conditions are not kind to an Outer Banks home and constant care must be taken to insure that the home can withstand the elements. It’s a big investment so knowing what you are buying removes some of the anxiety of buying a home on the Outer Banks.
As informed buyer, you need to know what to look for while inspecting Outer Banks Beach Homes. What should you take note of when looking for a home with your Buy the Beach realtor? While viewing a home with your OBX realtor take note of the following: Make sure you look at the condition of the outside air conditioning unit and the HVAC. Does it have rust or build up? If the home is on pilings note the condition of the pilings. Are the pilings 6” (usually an older home) or 8”pilings? Is there rot or is the piling and /or house structure compromised in any way? If the home is ground level and on a slab be cautious – flood insurance on this home could be expensive if the home is not above base level elevation*. Work with your Buy the Beach OBX Realtor to find the flood zone and the base elevation of the home. Look at the roof for missing shingles or damage. High winds and storms can loosen shingles cause water to pool and run down the interior wall. Inspect the interior ceilings of the home especially in areas where the roof looks damaged. Take note of the windows and sliders. Are they functional and not showing any water leakage? Has there been any non -permitted work done to the home? If so how will this situation be resolved? Look at the quality of the large appliances – do they need to be replaced soon? Hiring a licensed Home Inspector is the best way to go about inspecting Outer Banks Beach Homes. However, it is important to note the following: In the state of North Carolina:
http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/Engineering_and_Codes/Documents/HILT_Documents/HomeInspectorLicensureActStatutesandRulesMay12013.pdf * see blog on flood zones These are just a few examples of things to evaluate when viewing an Outer Banks Beach home whether it’s in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head or Corolla. As your local Outer Banks realtor I would be happy to find you a home inspector, negotiate your deal with the Seller and provide you with contact information of Outer Banks local contractors to help you with your Outer Banks Beach Home purchase. Contact us today to schedule a showing at your convenience!