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Maintaining your coastal holiday home is essential to its value

Owning a second home at the coast is not just desirable, but something that many people are investing in. Often, these are initially for holiday and getaways and then later becomes the retirement home.
Samuel Seeff, chairman of Seeff Properties, says your property is your most valuable asset and maintaining it properly is vital.

Seeff highlights a few areas to bear in mind:

Metal and rust

Sea air promotes rust and it is best to use metals that are stainless steel or coated for protection. Regardless of the material, metals should be washed regularly to remove the residue which could cause rust. Non-resistant metals should be painted for protection and you should do a regular check to see if they need a touch-up or repaint. Any rust found should be cleaned off and a new coat of protection applied to the metal.


Living on the coast means that you will want lots of glass for big windows and doors to maximise the views. Given the constant sea air, glass and windows on the coast tend to become dirty and foggy quickly and therefore need to be cleaned regularly to keep them clean and clear.


While wood is often preferred for coastal homes, it is more sensitive to natural elements such as water and salt erosion. Wooden doors, windows and other finishes should be checked and treated regularly to prevent deterioration and rot.


Given that most coastal areas tend to be rainy in addition to the generally higher levels of moisture, homes need to be looked after in terms of water damage, damp and waterproofing. It is always advisable to catch the problem early and attend to the repairs because water damage can become costly if neglected.


Coastal property is more prone to mildew and rooms can become damp if left closed for long periods. This means that mildew can develop on furniture and soft furnishings, but also on other surfaces including walls and cupboards. Aside from airing your coastal home, ensure it is regularly cleaned and all surfaces wiped down with a special cleaning product to prevent the development of mildew.


The exterior of your home will also need diligent maintenance because moisture in the air and from rain can seep into cracks in the paint and plaster, causing major damage.

Use quality paint suitable for coastal properties and ensure you do an annual check for any cracks, damage or areas that need attention.

Sun damage

A coastal home is also likely to suffer the effects of sun damage. Be sure to do a regular check and keep outdoor furniture stored away from direct sunlight.

Fabrics tend to fade in direct sunlight, but the heat is also damaging to furniture and exteriors.


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