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Top 10 Waterfront Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Over the years we’ve spoken to literally hundreds of waterfront property owners about their experiences....the things they love, and the things they wish they could change about their waterfront properties.We’ve taken the essence of these conversations and created this report, “The Top 10 Waterfront Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them” for one specific purpose: to make the process of finding the perfect piece of waterfront property an enjoyable experience for you....without any regrets! So, whether you’re looking for a weekend home or a permanent residence on the water, we know that it’s often times the little things that make all the difference. Our goal is to help you identify those little things, so that you’ll know that “perfect” piece of property when you see it. So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 Complaints from Waterfront Property Owners and How to Avoid the Same Problems Yourself!

1. “I Spend Too Much Time Cutting Grass” Imagine it’s Friday evening, and you’ve just pulled into the driveway of your river home after spending hours commuting from Richmond or Northern Virginia. The last thing you want to do is hop on the lawn mower and tackle the yard before you can begin your weekend. But that’s exactly how hundreds of waterfront property owners start every weekend.....on the old John Deere! Your time is limited. You have to make every hour count. Is this why you bought waterfront property....to cut grass? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to enjoy your waterfront property without the burden of lawn maintenance? The great news is that there are waterfront communities right in the Northern Neck that will handle all of that stuff for you. No grass cutting and no wee d eating, just time for you to show up and enjoy your waterfront property the way you envisioned it.

 2. “I’m Too Far From Town.” Many times, waterfront properties are off the beaten path. This is especially true in the Northern Ne ck, where we’re not exactly known for our big cities. So, it’s good to be aware of how close a property i s to the nearest town. There are better things to do on a Saturday morning than drive forty-five minutes for a bag of dog food! If you can find something within five or ten minutes, that’s pretty good!

 3. “I Don’t Have Power or Water at My Dock” This is a biggie. If you don’t have water or power to your dock, eventually you will. Whether you’re cleaning the boat, fileting fish, or just hanging o ut on the dock, water and power are a necessity!

4. “It Takes Forever To Get to Bigger Water” The Northern Neck is known for its vast waterways. A few years ago I had the pleasure of taking an airplane tour of the area and I was amazed at just how much of the area is covered by water! This is great because there’s more to enjoy, but so me of the more remote waterways are a great distance from the larger rivers and bays.....we’re talking a 20-30 minute trip each way. This can add significant time to the most basic outing by boat. If boating or fishing in these larger bodies of water is important to you, make sure you find out how long it takes to reach them by boat from the piece of property you’re considering.

5. “I Don’t Have Enough Water At My Boat Dock” There are few things more frustrating than being unable to use your boat because there’s not enough water to get in or out. But many waterfront property owners have to plan their weekends around the tides because the water depth at their dock is too low to use their boats. Most boats can navigate waterways in as little as two or three feet of water. But many creeks and eve n significant portions of the larger rivers don’t have that much water on a normal low tide. If boating is important to you, make sure that your waterfront property has deep water access. These lots are relatively rare and hard to come by, but i t will allow you to plan your weekends your way and not around the tides.

6. “I Have a Ton of Work to Do Every Time a Storm Roll s In” There are two typical concerns with waterfront properties when substantial storms pass through: the boat and the house. Storm surges can cause boats in normal slips to get hung up under the dock, and this never ends well f or the boat. Boats on lifts can sometimes float off t he lifts if the water lever reaches a high enough level. Most boat owners typically remove their boats from the water in these cases....what a pain! However, floating docks provide the superior protection for boats because the dock simply raises and falls with the water level of the creek or river. This keeps the boat from getting hung up under the dock during extreme tides, and of course there’s no worry of the boat floating off of a lift. Waterfront homes in low lying areas can be at risk during substantial storms as well. It’s important to insure that the home is located at high enough elevation to protect it from flooding. Many waterfront property owners find themselves spending a significant amount of time protecting their boats and homes during an approaching storm, but in reality it’s often times the type of dock an d elevation of the property that make the biggest difference.

7. “I Don’t Feel Secure Leaving My Property for Weeks at Time” As we’ve already said, many waterfront properties a re well off the beaten path and most waterfront property owners are left in an uncomfortable situation leaving their home unattended and unwatched for weeks at a time. In many cases, this is unavoidable. However, there are waterfront communities in the Northern Neck with gated access. These gated communities provide the security and peace of mind that many property owners desire when leaving for extended periods of time.

8. “The Additional Costs Add Up to Be More Than I Expected” One of the things to consider when making any significant purchase is the lifetime cost of the investment. This is especially true of waterfront property. Private roads, taxes, shoreline maintenance and repair, well and septic, etc. are all examples of costs that need to be factored into the total budget before making a final decision.

 9. “The Boat Ramp and Other Amenities are Too Far Away ” Back to the “Boonies” conversation again, but you k now what they say about real estate: location, location, location. This doesn’t just apply to the grocery store and the big rivers, but also the seemingly little things like boat ramps and other amenities like parks or other attractions. I’ve been to properties where it’s literally taken over a half hour just to get to a boat ramp. Talk about a major pain in the butt! Parks and other attractions may not be a deal break er, but having an area to take the kids or grand kids for a picnic and playtime every once in a while can be quite a perk.

10. “I Spend Too Little Time Enjoying it, and Too Much Time Maintaining It” There’s a lot more to maintain on a piece of waterfront property than just the grass. As we’ve already discussed, shoreline repairs, roads, well and septic, landscaping, and many other maintenance requirements can steal away your valuable weekends at the river....not to mention the money in your wallet. The great news is that there is one community located in the Northern Neck of Virginia that eliminates these maintenance concerns, as well as every waterfront buying mistake we’ve named in this report.
The Landing at Totusky Creek, located in Richmond County has all of the following amenities:
• Maintenance Free Living (including lawn, road, dock , shoreline, sewer and water, and taxes)
• Located exactly 2.5 miles from the town of Warsaw
• Approximately 5 minutes to the Rappahannock River by Water
• A Gated Community with access code for property owners
• Deep Water slips for boating on your schedule, not the tides
• Floating Dock, complete with power and water
• Building Lots with elevations well above sea level
• Boat ramp and local park within several hundred yards of the community It’s no coincidence that The Landing at Totusky Creek provides solutions to all of the major problems associated with owning waterfront property....it was carefully designed that way. The Landing is a conveniently located, secure, waterfront community that was developed for the sole purpose of giving its owners an environment that al lows them to enjoy the water the way it was meant to be enjoyed.....worry free!

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