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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What is included in a vacation home management service?

South Florida is a popular vacation spot for people who want to make the most out of the changing weather across the country.  Therefore, it is no surprise that vacation home management services have become a must-have. If you have a vacation home that you visit a few times a year, then you want to make sure that everything is in top working order when you get there. There are several companies offering home management services that include inspections such as landscaping, general plumbing, pool services, etc. Your best bet, however, is to partner with a company that proactively manages the care and upkeep of your property. Gardens Home Management, for example, offers a Gold Card Program that includes a schedule of what needs to be checked and when. Here is a quick overview of the services and frequency of this program: A/C Filter Change (twice/year) Annual Flowers (twice/year)...

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Home management with a difference: Gardens Home Management

If you ever wanted to find out what it takes to run a home management company, you can start by getting to know the people that make Gardens Home Management possible. The company is owned by Charles (Chip) Sollins, who has been an entrepreneur in the service industry for more than 25 years. Sollins has a commitment to exceptional service in everything he does. It’s no different with Gardens Home Management. The Gardens Home Management mission statement is about focusing on the customer and ensuring they are never inconvenienced, connected, in control, and comfortable. We want to simplify our customers’ lives. Our policy is to always respond to any communications on the same business day that it was received. We offer this fantastic service thanks to our dedicated staff members. Our team consists of: Tia El-Maayergy – Vice President of Operations Robert E. Jurewicz – Business Development Manager Roger...

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How to prepare your vacation home in Southern Florida for an extended absence

If you have a vacation home in Southern Florida and need to ensure that it’s secure and in the best possible state to be closed and unoccupied for several months throughout the year, you can benefit from the services of a professional home management services team. If you are set on preparing the vacation home yourself, there are a few things that you will need to consider and pay attention to: If you want to avoid a flooded vacation home, turn the water off at the inlet source to the house. There are items such as water heaters and ice-makers that can flood the home. Ensure that there is no food left behind that can attract insects and other pests. To ensure that it is more secure, have a lamp or two set to a timer so that there is the appearance of someone being home. Unplug all appliances...

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