- On August 21, 2016
- In Home Maintenance
- By andrealevans
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For many seasonal or part-time residents in Sarasota/Manatee counties, leaving their home unattended for the summer can be nerve racking. While some turn to housekeepers or neighbors to do routine check-ins on their home these reactive measures will not protect you against costly damages.
Understanding what to look for, identify warning signs and proactively managing the repair work is why our team is IN DEMAND. Our professional home watch team conducts thorough inspections of your home, provides detailed electronic reports in real-time and we’re extremely hands-on. Our goal is to provide you with convenience and value which is why we aim to educate our customers and give you tips on what things YOU can be doing before your home watch regimen begins in the summer.
In the first year of owning your seasonal or part-time home getting ready for your extended absence can feel overwhelming. While each year passes and you take proactive efforts to safe-guard your home the list will get smaller but it’s still a good idea to spread these to do list items out over the course of your last month or so to keep it manageable.
Three (3) Weeks Prior to Leaving:
- Make an appointment to have air conditioning system serviced (this should be done once a year).
- Have air conditioning service professional calibrate humidistat.
- Call telephone company to temporarily suspend service during your absence.
- Review homeowners insurance policy and update, if necessary.
- Determine what method(s) you will use to control relative humidity inside your home and/or control fungal growth.
- Connect with your home home watch specialist at IN DEMAND to review your summer home watch schedule and home maintenance plan.
Two (2) Weeks Prior to Leaving:
- Purchase or test timers for lamps and other appliances.
- Arrange to forward mail.
- Arrange for cancellation of newspapers, magazines.
- Run air conditioning on humidistat settings to test reliability. It should run at least two hours out of every 24 hours.
- Begin cleaning with fungicidal products to remove existing fungal spores.
One (1) Week Prior to Leaving:
- Clean refrigerator and freezer. Eat food on hand.
- Place in central location.
- Secure continuous drain.
- Vacuum upholstered furnishings to get rid of mold spores.
- Remove interior plants and exterior plants in pots and containers.
- Eat food in the food cabinets or plan to give away or discard. Do not keep herbs such as parsley, oregano, basil, etc. You may, however, keep spices such as cinnamon, curry, nutmeg, etc. and all canned products.
On the Day of Departure:
- Empty refrigerator and freezer; disconnect and leave door slightly ajar.
- Run 1 dozen ice cubes and 2 or 3 tablespoons baking soda in the garbage disposal to clean blades.
- Empty dishwasher.
- Set timers on lights.
- Drain and disconnect water heater.
- Strip bedding.
- Cover drains with stopper and duct tape.
- Cover and seal toilets.
- If using chemical mildew inhibitors, cover air passages with 2 ml thick plastic.
- Set burglar alarm.
- Check air conditioning for accurate settings.
- Set off insect “bombs” or “foggers”, if desired.
- Lock doors and secure exterior.