Winterizing vacant second homes
This weekend’s winter-like temperatures were a shock and had many of us at Allison’s Ace Hardware in Lottsburg, Lowe’s in Tappahannock and other home improvement go-to spots. Winterizing the soon-to-be vacant home was a popular task this weekend. We received a few inquires and signed up a new home watch client as a result of the temps and impending “off season.”
Aside from investing in a home watch service for your vacant Northern Neck or Middle Peninsula second home, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from damage and loss.
Winterization Articles We Found Helpful
Below are a couple of links that are worth exploring – they are helpful and not too commercial. Each title is linked to the article – click on them to view the article.
Winterize your home or business now to prevent costly damage and insurance claims from NBCRightNow is a great article packed with tips for winterizing your home. Conducting routine inspections of the inside of the home for mold, mildew and other tell-tale signs of problems is a key tip. This is exactly what Point to Point Home Services does for its clients – we conduct regular home watch inspections of your home while you’re away.
Winterize Your Home to Save Money on Your Heating Bills from CBS in New York is also good and we’ve included it here for those that like a video in addition to written tips.
Last, we’d point you to 11 Tips for Winterizing a Vacant Home by The Eric Stewart Group, a Washington-area real estate group. Although the blog was written in 2015, it focuses on vacant homes which is what many of our clients will have. Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula 2nd homes are often vacant during the winter months and even on many weekdays during the summer. The best part of this blog in our humble opinion is:
“In addition, though you should certainly take precautions by winterizing the home, unexpected situations can still occur. A quick periodic check-in for as long as the house is empty (even during warmer weather) can mean the difference between a problem being caught early enough to be fixed before any damage is done, and a problem that’s left unchecked long enough to cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage.“
We absolutely agree and that’s exactly what Point to Point Home Service’s comprehensive home watch service is intended to do. An affordable subscription to peace of mind all winter long CAN save you thousands! We do this by detecting problems and potential problems early enough to take action to prevent major problems.
What to do Now
Get winterizing, of course! And don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to receive coupons and special offers or call us today for an appointment. Ready to reserve your peace of mind now? Use our service selector and online payment portal today.