Doesn’t everybody wish they could live the snowbird life? Spending spring, summer, and fall in your main home and escaping to a warm, sunny paradise for the winter months?!
If you’re lucky enough to call yourself a snowbird, then you’re probably getting ready to head south for the season. Since your housesitting service has been keeping your winter home in good shape for your arrival, all you have to do is take care of a few things for your primary home and you’ll be on your way!
1) Take care of appliances and utilities.
There’s no point in leaving any appliances on to waste energy and increase your utility bills while you’re not around to use them. It’s also safer to keep them off and unplugged to reduce the risk of fire in your absence.
Before you head to your winter home, unplug your washer, dryer, refrigerator, television, and all of the other appliances in your home. If you can’t suspend your service, you should at least notify your utility providers that your home will be vacant for the next few months!
2) Address your plumbing.
You have two options when it comes to your house’s water supply during the off-season: turn it off or leave it on. If you’re stopping your water for the winter, you’ll want to turn off the main water supply and drain all other valves that are hooked up to your appliances.
If you decide to leave your water on, you should still turn off those individual appliance valves—toilets, sinks, washer, fridge—to minimize flood risk. Don’t forget to set your water temperature and thermostat to 55° to keep water circulating and prevent your pipes from freezing.
3) Take measures to keep your home protected.
Along with routine maintenance to protect your home against internal hazards, you need to secure it against crime and vandalism before you soak up the winter sun!
Make sure all your windows and doors are locked, your alarm system is updated and functional, valuables are stored safely, and you’ve notified your security company about your impending vacancy. You should also take the following steps to keep your home from looking vacant:
- Forward your mail
- Stop paper deliveries
- Hire someone for snow/landscape maintenance
- Ask a friend or neighbor to stop by periodically
When it comes to maintaining your winter home in the off-season—and ensuring it’s prepared for your annual arrival—the professionals at Dreamweaver Concierge have you covered. We let our clients set the schedule and choose which services you need to have peace of mind knowing your second home is safely up and running in your absence.
Contact us today to learn more about what our house checks include and the other convenient services our experts have to offer!