Summer 2022 on the OBX is about to take off. Soon the beach will be full of people enjoying the sun, the surf, and the sand. You’ll smell folks grilling as you drive down the beach road. Families and friends will be gathering together to make memories and enjoy each other’s company.
As you count down the days till your beach vacation, we will provide you with some tips on what not to forget.
First, what not to forget to bring on your trip
When packing for a fun-filled trip to the OBX you will need to pack sunscreen, bathing suits, snacks for the car ride, beach chairs, and towels. It will also be helpful to bring some bug spray, speakers, coolers, and aloe to help alleviate that first-day burn. Many savy beachgoers these days are also bringing a shibumi shade. This lightweight and original North Carolina canopy works great in this windy environment.
Second, what not to forget to do on your vacation
Whether you are staying at the same house for the 5th time in a row, trying out a new area, or a new house, be sure to try a new restaurant. Some newer restaurants worth trying are Bernies Brother in Corolla, NC Coast in Duck. Also, John’s Drive-in in Kitty Hawk recently received new ownership. If you are looking for that classic Outer Banks breakfast, make sure you try Stack ‘em High in Kitty Hawk. There’s also a new fried chicken place on the beach. The Cook Shack has restaurants in Nags Head and Duck.
If you’ve been thinking about a place at the beach it might be the year to talk with a Realtor. Feel free to stop in our Southern Shores office and get an update on the local real estate market and put a face with a name. Once we know what you are looking for we can keep an eye out for anything that might work for you.
Finally, what not to forget to check when buying a house
When buying a beach house there is a list of things to remember to view when looking. Some important items to check that many homebuyers forget to check are window age, flood risk, insurance rates, proximity to water, and maintenance. Between the wind-driven rain, the humidity, and the salt air, windows typically don’t last as long as in other resort areas. Some other home features that have a shorter life are HVAC systems and roof shingles. It’s a good idea to find out how old those features are or when they were last updated. Being on an island you’d expect some risk for flooding and storms. When looking at the property, see if the house is higher than the road in front of the house. Chances are much better it won’t flood if it is higher than the road. Most sellers will also provide the listing agent with their insurance costs. You could get a better or worse rate but the current homeowner’s policy will give you a good idea of that cost.
No home is perfect and all features must be weighed in a buying decision. Here’s a copy of our buyers’ checklist to prepare you for viewing homes. Between this form and your Scott Team Realty agent, we’ll help you make sure you don’t forget important things when buying your OBX home!