Protect Your South Florida Home before Heading North for the Summer

Are you a part-time Floridian who likes to head north for the summer? Then you will need to go through a home maintenance checklist to make sure your South Florida home is protected from the harsh summer weather.   The near-tropical climate in Florida can wreak havoc on a home if you aren’t properly prepared. Here are some key issues that you should look into before you take off on your snowbird adventure:     Humidity Control   The humidity in South Florida is around 30% to 50% in the summer. This can cause wood decking, furniture or finishing to deteriorate, it can lead to corrosion on electrical appliances and electronic equipment such as computers, and it can be a catalyst to mildew and mold growth.   Some preventative steps that you can take to combat the humidity include sealing your windows and doors, turning on your A/C system...

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2019 Spring Home Maintenance Ideas

Spring is the perfect time to make sure everything in and around your property is in order. If you are scratching your head while looking at your home because you are not sure where to start, here are a few 2019 spring home maintenance ideas to put on your to-do list:     Deal With Critical Issues First   If you have plumbing or electrical problems, this should receive your immediate attention before you proceed to the other home maintenance tasks.     Clear Out Your Gutters   Leaves and debris can clog your gutters. Use a ladder to get up to the height of your gutters, make sure you are wearing safety gloves, and lift the leaves and debris out of the gutter before disposing it into a bag. Use a garden hose to clear out small debris that has been left behind in the gutters. If the...

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Florida Home Watch Services Questions:

Looking for a Florida home watch service? Here are some of the frequently asked questions about this service: What does a home watch service include? During each inspection, Gardens Home Management Services will check the general security, pest problems, weather and/or water damage, heating & air conditioning system upkeep, electrical system, plumbing system, as well as the pool and landscape maintenance. How do I know if a company is a legitimate home watch service? The Government doesn’t regulate home watch services. Look for a company that carefully screens its employees. Why do I need a home watch service? The real question is: how can you not have one? Your South Florida Property is a big investment and anything can go wrong – water leaks, pests, break-ins, storms, and mold, to name a few. When you partner with Gardens Home Management Services, you will have someone who is proactively maintaining...

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Setting Up a Snowbird Lifestyle in Florida? Consider Home Management Services!

Do you have a vision for your retirement? Many people dream about the snowbird lifestyle, where they move to warmer parts of the country such as Florida for a few months of the year. There are a number of considerations to keep in mind if you want to set up a snowbird lifestyle, including the following:   Health Care Not only do you need access to doctors and hospitals while you are snowbirding, but you need to make sure that your health care scheme will cover you if you are moving between states. Traditional Medicaid should be fine, but if you have supplement gap coverage, make sure that you are not limited to treatment in your current state.   Taxes The amount of time you plan on spending in Florida varies between people. If you plan to spend half the year at your second home, you should consider establishing...

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Questions To Ask When Selecting A Homewatch Service Provider

South Florida has become a popular spot for snowbirds. After season, many of these snowbirds go back to their primary residences in other states across the U.S. Homewatch services have become very popular for a number of reasons. Not only do homewatch providers maintain pools, lawns, electrical systems, and check for pests in and around your home, they often offer security services as well. It is a great way to keep tabs on your second home.   When it comes to your South Florida property, there is a lot at stake. A second property is a big investment and you want to make sure you are entrusting the homewatch function to a reliable service provider. Here are a few questions to ask before you hire a homewatch company:   Do You Have Testimonials? References from people that the company has done business with in the past are also crucial....

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