Maintenance is essential when it comes to the long-term value of your home and preventing a disaster from occurring. But if you have a vacation home that you only use once or twice a year, it can be easy to brush regular maintenance under the rug. To make sure your vacation home retains its value and remains a place your family loves to visit for years to come, keep these maintenance tips in mind.
1. Get to Know Your Neighbors
Getting to know your neighbors is always a good idea, especially if they live in the area full-time. Your neighbors know what is and isn’t ‘normal’ for the neighborhood and your home — so they will know when something is potentially wrong and can address it or alert you to the situation. Befriend a neighbor or two and let them know your schedule and give them your contact information so they will always be able to get in touch with you.
2. Invest in a Good Insurance Plan
Just like your primary residence, it’s important to insure your vacation home too. Burglary, weather damage, fire, and other risks are very real possibilities, so invest in a good insurance plan that provides ample coverage for your specific needs. While there are lots of factors that influence which policy is right for you, you can save on home insurance costs by bundling your policies, installing an alarm system, and shopping around for the best rates.
3. Prepare for Maintenance Emergencies
Maintenance emergencies are inevitable, and sometimes the only thing you can do is be prepared for when they strike. Be sure to have a list of reliable local contractors on hand if you experience an electrical, HVAC, plumbing or another home emergency. Unfortunately, maintenance emergencies can be pricey, so be prepared by having a rainy day fund set aside if this kind of thing does happen.
For great resources on electrical, HVAC and plumbing maintenance, check out these blogs:
How to Maintain Your Home’s Plumbing in 4 Simple Steps
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5 Basic Electrical Safety Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know
4. Consider Hiring a Local Caretaker
Hiring a local caretaker (or a friendly neighbor!) for your vacation home is a great option — especially if you only use your home once a year or so. Similar to a property manager, the right caretaker can personally care for your home and make sure that everything is in good condition. Considering certain household tasks need to be regularly completed (think lawn care, changing the air filters, etc.), a local caretaker is a great investment. Carve out some time to interview potential caretakers and then, once you have hired the right person, devise a thorough checklist with them. This way, they will know exactly what needs to be tended to and when. See our checklist below for guidance.
Maintenance Checklist for Your Vacation Home
– Remove debris (leaves, sticks, etc.) from gutters
– Trim bushes and trees
– Pressure wash wood siding to prevent mold
– Check paint for bare spots
– Check doors and windows for leaks
– Check window screens
– Check the sprinkler system
– Inspect the roof
– Check faucets for leaks
– Seal and grout tile
– Ensure toilets are properly secured to the floor
Air Conditioning and Heating
– Test circuit breakers
– Test outlets
– Avoid overloading outlets and power strips
– Unplug electronics if you will be gone for an extended period of time
– Clean the fireplace
– Replace batteries in smoke detectors
– Inspect the attic for signs of moisture
– Check wooden surfaces for mildew and rot
– Look for indications of infestation
South Florida Air Conditioning, Electrical and Plumbing Services
Maintaining your vacation home is easy when you have a reliable company like Sansone on your side. We offer quality electrical, HVAC and plumbing services all under one roof, so you don’t have to worry about finding three different contractors to care for your home. Give us a call today to learn about our services and convenient maintenance plans that make caring for your vacation home easier than ever.
Broward: (954) 800-2858
Palm Beach: (561) 701-8274
St. Lucie: (772) 879-5656