What is Included in a Homewatch and Home Maintenance Service?

Those who own a home that remains vacant for extended periods may find value in utilizing a homewatch and/or home maintenance service. The question is, what is included in this service? Here at Gardens Home Management Services, our homewatch service is thorough and comprehensive, which means you can enjoy total peace of mind when you are away. General Security  One of our main areas of concern is making sure that your home is kept safe in your absence. Because of this, general security is included in our homewatch service, as is an emergency response to any security system alarms – 365 days per year.  Pest Problems  Pest infestations can wreak havoc on your home. And worse, it can lead to a number of expenses if left unchecked. Gardens Home Management Services conducts regular inspections to ensure that your home is always pest-free, and we will act quickly in the...

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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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What Do I Need To Know About Buying A Second Home In South Florida?

Owning property is a big dream for many. It is one of the most reliable ways to build wealth. But what about buying a second property in South Florida?   If you enjoy vacationing in South Florida, and if you want to establish more stability and greater roots in the area, then buying a second property could be a good idea. This might not be something that many young people can do, but an increasing number of people in their fifties and sixties are buying second properties in their favorite vacation spots in preparation for their retirement or simply because they love the snowbird lifestyle. Being older means that you know what you like, you likely have an established career, a solid credit history, and perhaps you have also already paid off your first mortgage. If this sounds like you, there are still a few things to consider before...

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Annual Vacation Home Maintenance Checklist

If you’re lucky enough to own a vacation home, you’ll know just how important regular vacation home maintenance is in order to keep it in tip-top condition all year round. In an effort to help simplify the process, we’ve put together an annual vacation home maintenance checklist for your convenience. Spring and Summer Home Maintenance This is the perfect time to give your vacation home a new lease on life by cleaning and maintaining your home to be ready for your next winter visit. Some of the areas to be checked for maintenance are: Check the exterior of the home for the following: Roof damage Crack or movement in concrete Paint chips Holes that needs repairing Gutters – do they need cleaning or any maintenance Windows and doors – check for damaged or rotted wood and reseal or replace, reapply exterior caulk if the gap around the door or...

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How to Prevent Mold in Your Florida Vacation Home

If you own a vacation home in Florida, then you are undoubtedly tasked with everything from repairs and maintenance to keeping your lawn and pool in shape. Some things that few home owners stop to consider are whether their houses could be infected by mold. And yes, it is more common than you think!   While some people are not particularly sensitive to mold, those with asthma and allergies can see their health deteriorate if they are in an environment that has been infected with mold. Musty smells and watermarks are usually signs of mold, in which case you might have to hire a professional to remove it. Here are some tips to prevent mold from growing in your house in the first place:   Keep Things Dry If you kids taking a dip in the pool have and leaving wet towels on the floor, make a rule that...

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