With summer winding down, you may be ready to leave the North Fork and go back to reality. But as the seasons change, so do the needs of your vacation home. Here are a few tips to keep your home in good shape when you leave town:
Make sure your gutters are clean: Your gutters will need a good cleaning after the leaves come down. But they can also accumulate debris all spring and summer. If you leave them partially clogged, it will only get worse as fall kicks into gear.
Prep your outdoor oasis: Store your outdoor furniture for the season. While it can easily handle the summer weather, it isn’t necessarily built for the change of seasons on the North Fork. Avoid damage from winds, storms, early snow and falling/rotting leaves.
Unplug unnecessary appliances: Don’t spend your money on electricity when you don’t have to. Remove window AC units (which is also a good idea to prevent drafts), empty and unplug refrigerators, and unplug your TVs.
Get your furnace ready: Even if you don’t need the heat when the weather gets cold, your pipes will. And if you’re not around for the season, you won’t know if your furnace has stopped working. Get it cleaned and inspected now while you’re still in town.
Think ahead to winter: Will you be back before the serious weather hits Long Island? If not, start thinking about what you will need to do to winterize your home.
Find someone to keep an eye on your home (and manage everything else): While there are many things you can do to prevent common issues, there’s no substitute for having someone physically check in on your home. PMI Eastern Long Island offers weekly home checks, as well as handyman service and maintenance coordination. So you don’t have to take your worries with you when you leave.
Contact us today for a free consultation and more information.