Preparing Your Florida Home Before Leaving For The Summer
Florida is an interesting state because many residents, especially retirees, have moved to the area to escape the more seasonal weather of the northern states. Our area is known for mild and snow-free winters, making it an ideal location for someone to escape the snowy, freezing winter temperatures of other areas of the country. There are also many residents who enjoy the Florida weather during the winter months and return to their home state during the summer to avoid the extreme heat we experience. The time is quickly approaching where some Florida homes will be closed for the spring and summer, allowing residents to beat the heat. We want to share some helpful tips to keep in mind when preparing to close your home for an extended time:
It is important to thoroughly clean your home before you leave. This includes removing any open food items and items such as cereal, pasta and crackers to prevent rodents or other animals. Emptying out your refrigerator and turning it off is also wise. Be sure to unplug any appliances and electronics. It is also recommended to have your air conditioning serviced.
If you leave your home during the summer months, it is important to prepare your property in case of a severe storm or hurricane. Be sure to remove or properly tie down any outdoor or lawn furniture. It is extremely important to remove any potted plants, hanging plants, lawn decorations, or hoses. Severe wind can make anything on your property airborne, potentially causing damage to your home or property. Be sure to inspect any sprinklers and your irrigation system. It would be beneficial to have your system serviced before you leave.
When leaving your home for an extended period of time, it is important to have someone trustworthy check on your home in your absence. Even when taking all the proper precautions, there is always the chance an emergency may occur. If you need your irrigation system tested before you leave, be sure to contact our team. We proudly serve Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus counties and are happy to help.