Last Updated on March 17, 2020 by Gardens Home Management Services
Do you have a homewatch checklist and a reliable management team taking care of your property? Owning a vacation home is certainly rewarding, however, it does come with a certain amount of risk involved. Unfortunately, you cannot always be at your vacation home. And, that means that you need a reliable home management team to ensure that your property is in good condition and secure at all times. After all, when you visit your vacation home you don’t want to waste your vacation time carrying out repairs and maintenance tasks.
If you are considering hiring a home management team, it’s best to provide them with a homewatch checklist to follow. Although, if it is a reputable home management company, they should at the very least have a comprehensive and efficient checklist of their own in place. To simplify things for you, we have compiled a brief homewatch checklist for you to use and reference. The following areas should be of utmost importance to you and your home management team:
1. Check for pest problems and infestation.
There is any number of pests that could take up residence in your property while you are away. As long as there is nobody there to take notice, rodents and insects can easily get a foothold. Have your home management team check for all the signs of infestation (they should know what to look for if they are worth their salt), and apply the necessary remedies as appropriate. They can also apply preventative treatments to stop pests from settling in your house in the first place.
2. General security checks and response to alarm activations.
A home management team will regularly send someone over to survey your property and check for any signs of intrusion or tampering. If your home has an alarm system linked to an armed response provider, the home management team can also deal with the activations and liaise with the security company in your absence.
3. Water damage and weather damage.
Water damage can be disastrous for your property, especially if left unattended. You don’t want to return to the property after being away for months to find that you need to make many costly repairs as a result of a leak. Our team will survey the property with this in mind and make sure that all plumbing is intact and that there are no signs of water damage on walls or ceiling boards. In the event of a storm, they will also inspect roofs and windows to ensure that no damage has been done. If there is any damage, we can contract the right service providers at a moment’s notice, to take care of the problem before it worsens.
4. Upkeep and maintenance of air conditioning systems.
It is important to have your home management team check on all your air conditioning units on a regular basis (once a month should be fine) to ensure that all are still in good working order. They should check both the exterior and interior units and test them thoroughly.
5. General checks, maintenance and repairs of plumbing and electrical systems.
The homewatch team can do a thorough survey of lights, power sockets, and plumbing to make sure that nothing deteriorates during the period of disuse. Plumbers and electricians are always on call to fix any problems.
6. Maintenance and upkeep of the garden and swimming pool.
Cleaning the pool, checking and maintaining the pool pump, mowing the lawn and trimming trees and bushes or keeping flower beds neat and pretty – all of these tasks can be performed by the home management team and the service providers we have in our long list of key contacts.
7. Hurricane-proofing of the home when a storm is detected.
We live in hurricane country, so you need to have someone to go around and batten down the hatches before a major storm hits. This is also easily arranged.
Enjoy the Peace of Mind That a Professional Home Management Services Team Can Offer
If you would like a presence at your vacation home to ensure that your property is safe and sound and always in good order while you are away, trust the team at Gardens Home Management Services. We have a homewatch checklist that our qualified and experienced staff members follow meticulously. For more information and advice, contact us via email or telephone today.