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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Safeguard Your Florida Residence for Summer: Part 1

Florida has a great climate, but many people prefer to head north during the summer months to avoid the scorching heat. While you may be safe and sound further up north, you need to make sure that your Florida residence is safeguarded against floods, hurricanes, and humidity so that it is in tip-top shape when you get back. Humidity Humidity can affect nearly everything in and around your home, including your electronic devices, wooden furniture, clothing, as well as your paint and wallpaper. You can minimize the impact of humidity on your belongings and property by getting a property management company to turn on your air conditioning system for a few hours each day, by weather sealing your windows and doors, and by covering vents in your house with plastic. Water Unexpected flood damage could cause water to seep into your home. If you are not around to limit...

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How to Choose the Best Home Watch Service in South Florida

Nothing is worse than having your home broken into, experiencing weather damage, or finding out that your place has been infected by pests. An increasing number of residents in South Florida are investing in home watch services to make sure that there is a trusted, accountable company who is keeping a watchful eye on their properties. While many real estate agents and real estate brokers have started to offer home watch services, they often lack the expertise, manpower, and general know-how to take care of all the potential issues themselves. If you own a home in South Florida, then it’s crucial to do a bit of research when interviewing companies for home watch services. Some of the things that you should inquire about include the following: How long the company has been providing home watch services for? Is the company bonded and insured? Do they do emergency call-outs? How...

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Spring Maintenance Checklist for South Florida Homeowners

Spring is around the corner! As a homeowner in South Florida, there are a few things that you should check out to ensure that your home is properly maintained and in tip-top condition for the warmer weather: Checking Your Air Conditioning System South Florida can get very hot and humid. Having a functioning air conditioning system is vital if you want to stay comfortable during the spring and summer. An inefficient HVAC system can also guzzle up an unnecessarily high amount of electricity. So, be sure to have your system inspected and repaired before spring. Water Drainage It often rains at the beginning of spring in South Florida. During this time, keep an eye out for pools of water around your property. If water on your property isn’t draining effectively, it could lead to the growth of mold, pest infestations or structural damage to your property. Wall Cleaning Many...

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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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