Summer is just around the corner. Rather than getting caught in the middle of traffic, tourists, and disorganization, stay on top of your second house by making the trip there earlier than usual. Cleaning up, redecorating, and shifting items around can help get everyone ready for a fun filled, safe summer vacation at your home away from home!
Your vacation home is most likely already furnished and decorated. However, since you are not there all the time, it is important to find a balance so you don’t go overboard with personal comfort. Once you reach your property, walk through it and start making a list of what you need and don’t need. Here are some tips to keep in mind during the process:
- Make your kitchen easily accessible and comfortable to be in. Stock up on plates, glasses, and silverware if you are expecting more people over than just your family.
- Change over all the sheets, pillows, extra blankets, and mattress pads on the beds so they are fresh and clean for the season.
- Inspect the exterior of the home and replace any damages to the caulk.
- Clean out your air-conditioning unit so it works properly for the hot weather.
- Check the sprinkler system to make sure it works.
- Make sure the window screens have no tears or holes.
- Check fences and gates to make sure they lock properly.
- Check the latches on storm windows so they work during hurricane season.
- Fix any leaky faucets around the house.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors so they work in case of an emergency.
- Test the circuit breakers.
- Check the walls inside and out for condensation and mildew.
At David Dunham Insurance, we hope these tips allow you to organize a vacation home that allows for a memorable summer. It is also important to understand that your second home needs just as much protection as your first home. Let us take care of this by offering you our insurance which covers theft, damage, and liabilities to this property. Secondary or seasonal homes often require special policies, which is why we take the time to understand your specific needs.