Having a place to retreat to when you need to get away from it all is one of the biggest perks of owning a vacation home. Of course, with homeownership comes great responsibility and your vacation home is no different. In fact, it might require even greater responsibility as you aren’t always there to make sure it’s clean, maintained, and secure.
To that end, we’ve put together a short list of things you can do to make sure your vacation home stays in good condition and is secure when you’re not there.
1. Secure Your Vacation Home
A vacation home that’s left unoccupied for a season is vulnerable to theft and vandalism, so you need to do what you can to secure and monitor the property while you’re away.
- Install a security system
- Add sufficient lighting around the perimeter of your home
- Install smart locks
- Secure the windows and close blinds, shades, and/or curtains
- Get your neighbors to keep an eye on the place
2. Hire a Landscaping Company
The last thing you’ll want to do during the off-season is come back and maintain your vacation home’s yard. By hiring a professional landscaping company, you’ll rest easy knowing that the yard surrounding your vacation home is well-maintained and looking great.
3. Hire a Housekeeping Service
If you’ll be leaving your vacation home unoccupied for an extended period, hiring a housekeeping service will ensure there is no dust buildup or stale odors to contend with when you return. Furthermore, the housekeepers will be able to do deep cleaning tasks like cleaning the vents and shampooing carpets while you’re away, so there is no disruption or distraction when the house is occupied.
4. Find a Property Manager
The last thing you need to do to keep your vacation home in tip-top shape while you’re away is to find a good property manager. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a lot of extra time or you don’t live nearby.
A property manager can handle all your vacation home’s needs inside and out, and some even offer seasonal services like readying your home for winter.
If you own a vacation home, you already know what an asset it is for you and your family. Having a place to go to when you need to get away is priceless, but with that perk comes responsibility. Use the tips above to create a checklist of things you need to do keep your vacation home in good shape while you’re away.