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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Safeguard Your Vacation Home For The Hot Summer Months.

It is essential to safeguard your vacation home during the hot, humid months in Florida, when most vacation homes are empty due to the “snowbirds” returning to their summer homes.   Here are a couple of tips to follow:   Monitor Your Bills Monitor your electricity and water bills for any unusual variances during the months you are not there to check for any unusual activity.   Air Conditioner, Humidity Management, And Mold Prevention Set your programmable A/C to run for at least 2 hours a day during 12 am and 6 am at 72 degrees, and at 88 degrees for the remainder of the time. Other A/C should be set to 80 degrees during the time you are away. Change or if washable, then wash the A/C filter as dirt can lead to mildew and mold growth. Set dehumidifiers and/or humidistats to 58 percent RH to maintain the...

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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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Safeguard Your Florida Residence for Summer: Part 2

In our last blog post, we addressed some of the things that you can do to protect your Florida home this summer, including protecting your home against humidity, water, and pests. In part 2 of this series, we will look at the further steps that you can take to ensure your home is in tip-top condition when you return: Insurance Related Tasks If your home gets damaged by a hurricane, flood or a break-in, then you will need sufficient evidence and documentation to submit to your insurance company. Be sure to take photos and videos of both the interior and exterior of your home so that you can show the before and after damage (if damage occurs). It is also a good idea to take photos of your belongings within your home in case you have to claim for any stolen or damaged property. Security While you may be...

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Home Management and Maintenance Services for Your Vacation Home

If you own a vacation home in Florida, you are undoubtedly aware that maintenance is essential if you want to maintain the property’s long-term value. That is why it is essential to set home management and maintenance services in place: to ensure that your vacation home is properly maintained and taken care of while you are away. Home maintenance emergencies tend to be inevitable. The best thing you can do is ensure that you’re prepared to fight back when they strike. Having a list of reliable contractors on hand is certainly helpful. But not if you don’t stay in the area as the contractors won’t have easy access to the property. And if you’re handling your own vacation home maintenance and care, chances are that you will only discover the problems during the holiday season when the service providers are working with skeleton staff or are unavailable. Even worse,...

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The Benefits of Hiring a Professional HomeWatch Services Company

If you own a winter home in Florida, hiring a professional homewatch services company to support you should be a top priority. It goes without saying that a vacant home is a vulnerable one. If you own a home in Florida that is vacant between certain periods, you should think seriously about who will take care of your home while you are away. Whether you are only away for a few weeks a year or for a few months, there is the potential for your property to fall victim to damage. Storms, fires, theft and pests all present risk of serious damage to your property while you are away. Before leaving your home vacant, hire a professional homewatch services company such as Gardens Home Management Services. Benefits of HomeWatch Services in Florida Have peace of mind that your home is protected against hurricane damage. Mother nature can be unpredictable...

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