When you buy your home away from home, you probably want to avoid the problems of the world while you’re there. And the last thing you’re thinking about is all of the day-to-day tasks that go along with keeping up another house.
Unfortunately, you do have to have a plan for completing basic maintenance on your condo or vacation home. However, it doesn’t have to take up too much of your well-earned free time. Follow these tips to get the work out of the way so you can get back to enjoying yourself.
Some people like their vacation home off the beaten path. Others prefer the advantages of being near others. If you’re in an area with a homeowners or condo association, sometimes they’ll take care of some of the maintenance for you.
If you’re lucky enough to come across a neighborhood or condo with an association, it may be worth the fees to have them take care of some basic tasks. You won’t be there all of the time, and when you are there, who wants to deal with it?
If you do decide to move into an association, just make sure to know exactly what you’re paying for. If they take care of shoveling and yardwork, for example, it’s one less thing you have to worry about.
Make It Easy on Yourself
There are some things you can do to make maintenance a little easier on yourself. Let’s take a look at a few life hacks for those odd jobs around the house.
No one likes cleaning out gutters. You have to get up on a ladder and remove debris by hand. It’s really not a good scene. You can get gutter guards and eliminate the issue altogether.
For those tasks that you can’t eliminate entirely, it would be nice to have experts just do them for you. The great thing is you can use web resources to find the handymen or women who will handle just about any task inside or outside of the home. Two services I really like are Thumbtack and Task Rabbit.
If you’re going to hire people to handle maintenance tasks, make sure you budget for that. You can also do a little bit of mixing and matching if you have to – paying for some services while doing others yourself. It’s all about determining what you can afford and what it’s worth paying for to avoid the hassle.
One thing you might be tempted to do is shut down your electricity, cable and internet while you’re not there. It seems like a sensible thing to do because why pay for what you’re not using? Just be careful when you do that. Here’s why.
Your homeowners insurance rates will be higher because you’re not occupying the home all of the time, which opens it up potential burglary. One thing you can do to save on insurance costs is install a home security system. It’s important to remember that any connected security measures you have won’t work if you shut off the electricity and internet.
One thing you should safely be able to do is shut off the water and drain the lines when you’re not in the home. This could be especially helpful if your second home is located in a climate with cold winters. This is going to prevent any possibility of your pipes freezing and will enable you to shut off the heat with confidence if you’re going to be gone for a long period of time.
If you like to get dirty and do the maintenance yourself, there are several helpful tools you should take a look at. Do you have any tips and tricks that have helped you with your condo or vacation home maintenance? Share them with us in the comments.
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