With Darby in the rear-view mirror, it seemed an appropriate time to remind readers that second homes aren’t all worry-free fabulousness. If you can’t bear the thought of seeing this picture aimed at your vacation paradise, renting may be the way to go.
Second home living is almost always wonderful, but you have to understand what Mother Nature can toss your way … be that hurricane, earthquake, forest fire, blizzard, flood, tornado, or even a volcano. I say this because many popular vacation home locales are in more precarious areas than our main homes … because often these precarious settings are also beautiful.
What’s “lucky” for Hawai’i is that Darby dropped from hurricane to tropical storm and only drenched Hawai’i with flooding and minimal power outages. When Darby passed my home Sunday night, it produced a ton of rain, nearby minor power outages, and definitely a day of window-rattling, but being a solid concrete structure, it didn’t sustain significant damage.
Thankfully, it’s not 1992’s hurricane Iniki which was the most powerful hurricane to hit Hawai’i in recorded history. It’s also important to realize sometimes damage goes deep. It’s only been in the last few months that the Coco Palms resort on Kaua’i, destroyed by Iniki, was demolished with a plan to rebuild … 24 years later.
Sun, surf and sand are enticing, but as Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting said …
Remember: When I’m not stirring up trouble in Dallas, Texas or Honolulu, Hawaii for Candysdirt.com and SecondShelters.com, I’m off scouting interesting locations for a second home. In 2016, my writing was recognized with Bronze and Silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. If you’re a Realtor with second home clients who’d like me to feature their journey, shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org