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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Preparing Your Lawn for Fall in South Florida | Tips from The Garden Management Pros

The Florida sun is starting to set a little earlier and rise a little later. And, you know what that means… Fall is here! One thing is for sure; your garden has already noticed the change in season and you can now expect for your lawn to transition from a growth phase to a dormancy phase. If you own a property in South Florida and if you are not always around to take care of it, you might be concerned about how to prepare it so that it is able to survive the fall.   Preparing your lawn for fall in South Florida does not have to a be a tricky task. If you are away or do not have the time, the services or a professional estate management or landscape maintenance team can make things easier for you. Why Does Lawn Need to be Prepped for Fall in...

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What Is Included In A Home Watch Service In South Florida?

South Florida is a popular location for retirees and semi-retired people who want to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery that the Sunshine State has to offer. There are many private estate-communities with seasonal residents who spend parts of the year in South Florida and the rest of the year elsewhere. As such, a home watch service has become increasingly prominent and important in the region. Whether you spend the majority of your time at your South Florida home or whether you are only there for a few months a year, the peace of mind that comes along with knowing someone is keeping an eye on your home is priceless. At Gardens Home Management Services, we offer a comprehensive home watch service that includes the following: We monitor severe weather warnings and provide emergency preparations. As many residents know, tropical storms and hurricanes can cause a lot of damage...

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Summer 2018 Maintenance Checklist for Your South Florida Home

Want to get your South Florida home ready for summer? Then follow this summer 2018 maintenance checklist compiled by our home maintenance company:   A New Coat Of Paint For Your Home’s Exterior   Want to add some curb appeal to your home and give it an instant facelift? Then make full use of the warmer weather outside and give your home a fresh coat of paint. You can also consider incorporating some of the trendy exterior paint color palettes such as: Peach, cream, and green Soft gray and canary yellow Cotton white and deep blue Ivory, white, and aqua Crisp white, aqua, and royal purple Honey yellow, mustard yellow, and brown Cool green and pure white Taupe and rustic brown Olive green, oak, and white   Window Maintenance While the interior facing sides of windows get cleaned relatively often, the windows’ exteriors are a different story. They are...

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