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How to Maintain a Summer Vacation Home During the Winter


Property maintenance and upkeep can be a tiresome chore, even for a dedicated residence. The time and effort needed to keep a summer home or vacation property from falling into disrepair during the off-season can be considerable. Owners who are in search of ways to ease their burden by streamlining the process would do well to consider the following points.

Mothballing During the Winter

From covering the furniture to double-checking that the faucets and breakers have been switched off, preserving a property when not in use can greatly simplify maintenance efforts. Rooms and interior areas that have been property prepared are much less likely to suffer from environmental damage, wear or other issues that may need to be addressed during your next visit. Spending a little effort to prepare your vacation home for the off season can help to eliminate many maintenance problems and issues.

Property Management Services

There is only so much that you are able to do on your own. Seeking help from a professional property management firm or contractor will allow you to draw upon an expanded range of resources. Arranging for someone else to perform an on-site inspection or to handle any seasonal maintenance issues or repairs that may need to be addressed can often be the most convenient solution.

Creating a Maintenance Checklist

With so much that needs to be done, it becomes easy to overlook something important. Creating a checklist of annual or even seasonal maintenance tasks makes it much easier to stay organizing. Finding out, too late, that you forgot to arrange for lawn and landscaping service or failed to keep the sewage system in good working order is a situation you would be wise to avoid. You want to make sure the plumbing and sewage are checked routinely so you don’t get any surprises when you use your home.

Addressing Specific Issues

Taking prompt action to address any issue that may arise is often a vital for ensuring that the problem does not grow in scope. Minor issues often result in major repair bills when ignored for too long. Addressing an issue as soon as it is brought to your attention is not a matter that should be taken lightly.

Ensuring a Stress-Free Holiday

Problems like a clogged septic tank, pest infestation or landscaping issues can spoil an otherwise enjoyable vacation. The services, efforts and solutions that may allow you to more easily manage and maintain your summer home may prove to be essential resources. Effective upkeep and superior maintenance efforts are all it takes to guarantee a more comfortable environment will be waiting for you during your next visit or vacation.

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