Seasonal residency is a reality in Southwest Florida. Another reality is that a vacant home is a vulnerable home. There are other occasions beyond break-ins or burglary that Florida homeowners need to be on the lookout for.
When your home is empty for multiple months every year, it’s important to make sure it’s being taken care of. In many cases, people ask a friend, neighbor, or nearby family member to take on the task. A professional home watch company is best to contact in this case, for multiple reasons.
Hurricane or Other Storm Damage.
Florida is hit by hit by hurricanes every year, which we learned in the 2017 season. On top of that, we also experience extreme weather throughout summertime. It’s important to make sure someone is keeping an eye on your home when you’re not there, not only to drive by and make sure the outside structure is sound, but also to go inside and check for leaks or other issues. These range from damage that can be cause from power outages, water damage from storm surge, mold, and even electrical damage from lightning strikes.
Faulty Electric and Failed Appliances.
Even if you have a newer home, your appliances and electrical wiring can easily be affected by the heat and extreme weather in Florida. These are regular failings that happen in every home throughout the US. There is nothing worse than coming home after being away and discovering that your refrigerator needs to be replaced.
Pests are always on the move in Florida because of rain, heat, and even drought. Ants, rats, termites, and raccoons can enter your home and cause serious damage to everything from the walls to your furniture.
A professional home watch service knows all the minute details of keeping an eye on your home when you are away. They don’t only walk around the outside of your home; they also go inside and test the electricity, check your walls and ceilings for damage after storms, and even check for pest infestations. A professional knows the signs of any extreme issues in your home. Hire a professional if you’re going to be away for any extended period of time. In the long run, it can save you money and a lot of stress.