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5 Questions to Ask when Hiring a Home Management Company for a Second Home

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Home Management Services | 0 comments

5 Questions to Ask when Hiring a Home Management Company for a Second Home

If you have a vacation home, you probably won’t be able to spend as much time there as you’d like. This leads to questions about maintenance and keeping the home in excellent condition for the next time you need a breather from the daily grind. Thankfully, home management companies, like Gardens Home Management Services, are there to provide you with peace of mind. Here are 5 questions to ask when hiring a home management company for a second home. How often will they check in on my property? This varies – and will also depend on your needs and preferences. However, weekly checks are the most common in Southern Florida.   Do they offer security services? Usually, when you are away from your second home, your biggest concern will be whether your property and belongings are safe in your absence. Because of this, security services, including emergency responses, are...

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist for Southern Florida

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Home Maintenance | 0 comments

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist for Southern Florida

The chilly winter weather is officially upon us. Luckily, keeping your home in Southern Florida in tip-top shape is easy when you follow our handy winter home maintenance checklist: Service Your Heating System  Call a professional who will be able to replace any parts and repair any flaws in your heating system. If you find that it has seen better days, why not install a few new heaters or radiators? Once the chill really hits, you’ll be very glad you did!   Check Out Your Roof As we all know, winter can often bring with it plenty of ice, rain, and sleet. Knowing this, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the condition of the tiling on your roof. If you notice any cracks or broken tiles, call on an expert who will be able to repair it before it starts leaking and becomes an even...

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What are the benefits of using a home management service?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Home Management Services | 0 comments

What are the benefits of using a home management service?

Owning a vacation home in Florida may seem like an excellent idea until you consider the maintenance and upkeep while you’re away. Unfortunately, property investments take time and attention if you want to maintain or even improve their curb appeal and overall value. If you have a vacation home in Florida and spend most of your time away, it’s important to acquire professional home management services. Home Management Services in Florida can go a long way towards maintaining your property and protecting your budget from unexpected expenses and repairs. One of the greatest benefits of a professional home management service is that when you do spend time at your Florida vacation home, everything will be in good working order and excellent condition. What can you expect to be included in a professional home management service? It’s important to realize that not all home management service providers are able to...

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Top 8 questions to ask when hiring a home watch service for your vacation home

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Home Watch | 0 comments

Top 8 questions to ask when hiring a home watch service for your vacation home

While you may want to spend every waking moment in your Florida vacation home, it’s not always possible. If you need to spend the bulk of your time thousands of miles away from your vacation home, you’re going to need to hire a home watch service. Before deciding on which home watch service provider is best suited to your needs and home, take the time to ask these top 8 questions:   Is your home watch business bonded and insured? It’s important that your home watch service provider will be able to pay for something if they break it. Is the home watch business licensed? In every industry there are regulations and practices that must be followed. When hiring a licensed service provider, you can have the peace of mind that they are trained and qualified in their specific line of work. Tasks can therefore be carried out professionally...

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Why is it important to have a Vacation home watch service and what is included in the service

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Home Watch | 0 comments

Why is it important to have a Vacation home watch service and what is included in the service

If you have a vacation home in Florida, you have a slice of paradise! Florida offers pristine beaches and a gorgeous tropical climate that’s simply loved by all. Unfortunately, getting that Florida sun-kissed look doesn’t come without its stresses and complications. For instance, a mutual concern shared by vacation-home owners is who will take care of their unoccupied property? One only realizes the importance of a vacation home watch service when facing the anxiety of dealing with a burglary, messy garden or hurricane on its way while the house is not hurricane proofed. If you’ve experienced any of these stressful situations before, you will know just how vital a home watch service is.   With a home watch service, you can rest assured that your property will be properly taken care of in your absence. In the event of an unforeseen situation, like appliance failure, damage, vandalism, acts of...

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5 questions to ask before signing a home maintenance service contract

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Home Maintenance | 0 comments

5 questions to ask before signing a home maintenance service contract

If you own property in Florida, but don’t reside on the premises permanently, you are going to need to consider hiring a professional home maintenance team to keep your property in good order. Choosing the right company to enter into a home maintenance service contract with can be daunting, so it’s best to consider a few options before you commit yourself to anything. If you want to ensure that you’re getting the right type of service, it’s best to include the following 5 questions in your interview:   Is the company licensed, bonded and insured? The last thing you need is for accidents and mishaps to happen and to discover that there’s no cover offered for it. Your maintenance team should be professional enough to avoid accidents and property damage all together, but just in case, it’s best to ensure that you’re safeguarded against potential costs. Does the service...

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What should I consider when hiring a homewatch services company?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Home Watch | 0 comments

What should I consider when hiring a homewatch services company?

If you are a seasonal resident who owns both northern and southern residences and spends time at each during different parts of the year, you’ll know that spending summer in the north and winter in the south is the ideal lifestyle choice. There is one small catch however – who takes care of your ‘other’ home when you spend months away from it? This is where hiring a competent homewatch company becomes essential. Here’s what to consider when looking for a home management company to give you peace of mind: Is the company licensed? A company providing reliable homewatch services should be fully licensed to complete home inspections. In addition to checking for general security, your homewatch company should also be qualified to: Inspect for pest problems Check for weather and water damage Perform maintenance checks on air conditioning, electrical and plumbing Provide pool and landscape maintenance Is the...

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What services are included in estate management?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Estate Management | 0 comments

What services are included in estate management?

Estate management services are a smart choice for many people. Whether you have a property that you only use during the holidays or on weekends, or you are a busy parent that doesn’t have time to keep your property in great shape 100% of the time due to work and family responsibilities, then estate management is for you. Different companies offer different types of services under the umbrella term ‘estate management’. Some of the services that Home Care Pro, for example, includes as a part of this service are as follows: Handyman services: Do you need a light fitting replaced? An extra coat of paint on your shed? Some pictures that need to be hanged? These things all require a certain level of experience and the right tools. Home Care Pro can take care of all the big and small handyman jobs in and around your house. Pool services:...

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Why Should I Consider Home Watch Service for My Vacation Home?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Home Watch | 0 comments

Why Should I Consider Home Watch Service for My Vacation Home?

When you visit your Palm Beach vacation home, the last thing you want to be faced with is repairs and maintenance tasks. Unfortunately your vacation home won’t remain in pristine condition, ready to provide you with all the comforts you are used to, without an ongoing maintenance and care strategy in place. If you don’t have permanent staff members to assist and you are unable to carry out regular maintenance checks and tasks yourself, it’s best to hire a home watch service to cater to the upkeep of your home. While you are away, unexpected problems can present themselves include pest infestations, security breaches, breakages due to debris and surrounding trees, mold and mildew growth, faulty air conditioners, leaky faucets and even dirty pool / spa and untidy landscape due to lack of care. All of these issues might seem small on their own but can be time consuming...

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How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Hurricane Preparedness | 0 comments

How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is just around the corner and if you want your home to survive the potential fury of Mother Nature, it’s best to ensure that your house and family are prepared for it. Luckily the Florida area was spared of any serious storms in 2015 (we think this might be thanks to El Nino), but that doesn’t mean that hurricane preparations don’t need to be taken this year. While the government does all that it can to handle potential negative environmental impacts, each resident of the area is expected to take responsibility for their own safety by having evacuation plans in place and preparing homes for the possible onslaught of bad weather. If you haven’t yet started with preparing your home for hurricane season this year, here are a few tips to help you with the process: Create a folder of all important documentation that you can quickly...

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