While a waterfront home offers serene views, soothing sounds, fresh breezes, and a relaxing lifestyle, it also requires some work in order to keep it in tip-top condition all year round.
In this article, we give you several tips on how to properly maintain your waterfront home:
Kitchens and bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms in waterfront properties tend to have a high amount of moisture due to the environment. Here’s how you can look after these areas:
- Make sure your kitchen and bathrooms are well-ventilated.
- To prevent dampness, you may want to add dehumidifiers or install more vents in case of insufficient ventilation.
- Apply protective wax coating on your kitchen appliances to prevent water and rust damage.
Windows and doors
Due to excess moisture and exposure to winds, a waterfront home’s windows and doors are a magnet for dust and salt or mineral buildup.
- Use fresh water to rinse surfaces, hinges, and other areas with salt particle buildup.
- Make sure to open and close your windows from time to time to loosen up hinges, sliders, and other mechanisms.
- If you’re installing new window frames or replacing your existing ones, the best material to use is aluminum as they can withstand rust and corrosion due to a high amount of moisture in the air.
Balconies, sundecks, patios, and other outdoor areas
Outdoor areas are designed to take full advantage of the waterfront views and the stunning environment. In order to continue enjoying relaxing views of the sunset, outdoor gatherings, and al fresco dinners, you need to make sure these areas are properly maintained and are protected against the elements.
- Tiles made from terracotta, mosaic, or those with acid-proof, anti-skid properties are ideal for balconies and patios. They are easy to clean surfaces and can help prevent accidents and injuries.
- Install bird feeders or simply leave some grains in a sturdy dish to help out your area’s bird population. Having birds around can also help eliminate any spiders and large insects in your outdoor living areas.
- Do some light power washing on your patios or decks at least two to four times a year, and apply a natural, clear stain on wooden surfaces if needed.
- In the fall, prevent leaves from accumulating on your deck, as deteriorating leaves can discolor wooden materials and make them harder to clean.
Furniture in balconies and patios are exposed to the outdoor environment, which means they need extra protection. Here’s how:
- Rinse your furniture often to remove any salt buildup. Use a soft cloth afterward to dry them off.
- Avoid using harsh cleaners on your furniture, as this can lead to more degradation. Use cleaners with natural ingredients or more gentle solutions like dishwashing soap.
- If your furniture is made from plastic, keep them out of direct sunlight whenever possible.
- If you’re buying new furniture, choose ones made out of casting aluminum, as these can withstand any type of weather.
- Cover your furniture during the evenings or when they’re not in use.
These tips can help your waterfront home last longer, allowing you to soak in the views and give you more opportunities to relax and enjoy unforgettable moments with friends and family for years to come.
Looking for waterfront or lakefront homes for sale in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, or other great communities in Northern Colorado? Call me at 970-316-5200 / 970-889-0307, or send an email to matt(at)welcometonoco(dotted)com.