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Maintaining Your Vacation Home

March 2, 2018

 

 

 

 

The good thing about a vacation home is that it's always there when you need it. The bad thing is that you're not always there. Reputable North Bay Handyman offers several vacation property check packages that can be customized to your specific needs and property.

 

A cheaper alternative to a property manager, especially if you don’t plan to rent out the house or will handle rentals yourself, is hiring a local house cleaner or handyman to maintain your vacation home. Again, other homeowners are the best source for referrals. Even during the off season, it’s a good idea to have someone local who can go to the house once a month to turn on faucets, flush toilets, and inspect for damage.

 

Preventive home maintenance reduces the likelihood of emergencies, but a pipe is bound to burst eventually. As the owner of a vacation home, especially one that’s hundreds of miles away, the most important thing you can do is be prepared for the inevitable.

 

In addition to the obvious challenge of maintaining security in a vacant property, owners of second and third homes need to address more mundane issues like frozen pipes, downed wires, fallen trees and landscaping issues. And the potential for running into problems increases with the amount of time the house is left unattended.

 

Having a keyless entry system for your vacation home is critical in the event of an emergency. A basic touchpad model costs less than $100. You can give the code to a repairman over the phone.

 

A trusted handyman like myself can even get things ready for your arrival by simply turning on the heat, stocking the refrigerator or warming up the hot tub. While most agreements with clients are priced for the services requested, the average charge for basic security, maintenance check and guest-preparation services ranges from $100 to $200 a month.

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