We have tried our best to design Docks4Rent to streamline the process for you, but there can be some specific issues that you need to clarify to avoid any problems. Be sure to ask all of the right questions before you make a deal. The goal to to have a complete understanding of each party’s expectations, so that no one is surprised or disappointed. Most importantly, your dock listing should include all key details including the price, location and included amenities, but there are some additional considerations:
Factors to be considered:
- Access. Check out the area. You may be happy with a dock and the immediate area, but can your boat easily reach the dock? Are there any low bridges, shallow passages, or other impediments?
- Boat Ramp? For lakes, find out where you will be able to get your bat into the water. Some dock-owners provide an on-site boat ramp, but others don’t. Find out how and where will you get your boat into the lake.
- Cancellation Policy? What if an unexpected event arises and you want to cancel? There may be a serious family Illness. Algae and bacteria growth could affect your use of a lake.
- Special Uses? Do you need handicap access? Are you planning to live aboard the boat? Any unusual requests for the dock-owner? For example some boat owners do not use the boat for weeks at a time, and they ask the dock-owner to text periodic photos so they can see that the boat is ok. Special requests like this may, or may not be a problem. It is best to confirm these things up front.
- Language Barriers? Confirm that you speak the same language.
- Seasonal issues. Is there a local festival or event that you may not be aware of? Ask the dock-owner.
As always, thoughtful communication can avoid problems, so think it through and try to cover anything that may come up.
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