Anyone who’s buying something can benefit from inspection to discover all underlying issues. This is also true for houses, especially those with waterfront amenities. Sadly, while having a dock is mostly a good thing, it also has its disadvantages. A beachfront environment is harsh and can bring a lot of problems for the property owner.
Problems can be of various kinds, from normal wear and tear to soil balance or water pressure. Certainly, a dock inspection will be helpful for an owner of a house with waterfront features.
While a home inspector can identify the issues and causes behind dock damage, we advise that a buyer consults a dock design and construction expert to arrive at a correct verdict. However, we are not suggesting that home inspectors are not reliable in this regard. Water structures just have different sort of materials that trained individuals can better assess.
A buyer needs to watch out for the age of the home when buying a waterfront property. A majority of beach homes and coastal homes have been around for a long time. Therefore, substandard construction methods can threaten the stability of the dock. Always prioritize a thorough inspection before making a commitment to waterfront property.
After a visual evaluation, the inspector will provide a report containing all observations about the quality of the property and its elements. To give an overview of what the inspector will check during a dock inspection, you can refer below:
- Examination of pilings and fenders
- Assessment of collars, joists, stringers, and all connections
- Inspection and feedback on the deck condition
- Examination of cleats, ladders, fish tables, and all electrical outlets and circuits
- Assessment of water and electric services as necessary
- Examination of handrails, ramps, steps/stairs
- Inspection of the life span of the overall dock and its properties
- Assessment of environmental issues, if any
To be perfectly blunt, there is no perfect property. A certain house can look awesome and all great on the outside, only to be full of problems in the inside. It can be vice versa too. In the case of waterfront homes, it is especially common in Tampa, Florida. This makes property inspection even more important for these houses as a waterfront property is made to impress potential buyers. In order to ensure that this is indeed an investment more than it is a hole of expenses waiting to happen.
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