The start of spring can mean a lot of things to different people. For students, it means the last round of exams before summer vacation. For landscapers, it means the beginning of a busy work season. For snowbirds who escape to warmer weather for the winter, it means it’s time to start flocking back to their primary residence.
It’s important to be thorough when closing up your tropical or desert vacation home before you leave in the spring. Here is a checklist you can use to ensure your property is prepped for your extended absence!
Put utilities on hold.
You’ll want to pause or cancel most of your vacation home’s utilities at the end of the season. The only exceptions should be your electric, at least partially, to power your alarms, security system, and lights, and possibly your water (more on that later). But your cable/satellite TV, internet, phone services, and your mail can all be placed on hold.
Clean the interior and exterior.
There are a few reasons you should clean your home interior and exterior before heading north after winter. The first is to ensure it’s in good working order for when you return. The second is to prevent pest infestation. The third reason is to deter criminals from seeing your home as an easy, vacant target. Go through and clean your floors and appliances, remove opened and perishable foods, take out the trash, and trim up your landscaping so your property looks like it’s being maintained.
Turn off major appliances.
Before you head home, unplug all of your appliances and shut down your water and gas lines. This will prevent a lot of potential damage and wasted money and energy on utilities. You may want to keep your water on if you have a fire sprinkler or timer-set irrigation system. If you do though, make sure you have someone stop in to check on your vacation home regularly. The last thing you want is for water leaks, moisture damage, or mold to wreak havoc in your absence.
Arrange for house sitting services.
For warm-weather vacation properties especially, hiring a house sitting service is essential for the safety and security of your home. Professional house sitters will conduct regular house checks, perform routine maintenance and cleaning, and be on call to address any issues that arise. They’ll also keep your house looking occupied, which helps prevent theft and vandalism.
If you’re getting ready to close up your snowbird home in the Phoenix, AZ area, get in touch with Dreamweaver Concierge. Our white-glove house sitting services will ensure your home is completely protected while you’re away and that when it’s time to return, everything is in tip-top shape.
Contact us today to learn more about our customizable house sitting services!