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Tips for Opening Up and Closing Down Your Second Home

Posted by Nicole Platt on Apr 23, 2018 4:01:40 PM

If you own a second home that you only use for a portion of the year, the following tips are important to consider when opening up or closing it down. Whether you are renting it out for others or preparing it for yourself and your family, there are a few vital steps to take aside from turning on the WiFi. While closing down your house for the off-season, some small measures can make an incredibly large difference in how well your home is maintained while you are away.

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Follow these tips to successfully open up your home for the season:

  • Turn on utilities. Turn on water, electricity, cable, and other things that you disabled during the off-season.
  • Analyze your home for damage that may have occurred during the off-season. Check pipes, gutters, the roof, and other areas of your home that may have been damaged while you were away.
  • Make sure utilities and appliances are properly working. For example, change the batteries in your smoke detector to ensure that it’s functioning well.
  • Flush your water. Sediment and other materials may gather in pipes or at the bottom of your water heater. Flush the water to increase the efficiency at which your water runs.
  • Clean your gutters. Leaves, dirt, and other materials can accumulate in your gutters, making them less efficient to allow rainwater to pass through. This can cause damage to your roof or the outside of your home.

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Follow these tips to successfully close down your home for the off-season:

  • Turn off utilities. Turning off the heat, cable, and other utilities that are not necessary to keep on ensures that you will not be paying unnecessary bills.
  • Turn off your water. Shut off water main lines to prevent reoccurring water bills as well as prevent the possibility of unidentified leaks while no one is using the home.
  • Drain your water. After shutting down your water, drain the pipes and water lines to ensure that water does not freeze during the off-season, causing pipes to burst or crack.
  • Unplug appliances. Unplugging electronic devices leaves less of a likelihood of a malfunction that could result in a fire.
  • Dispose of all perishables. Double check you disposed of anything perishable that could cause infestations that lead to mold and other damages.
  • Turn on the alarm system. Even if you don’t have one, make sure that all of your doors and windows are locked.

Following these steps while opening up or closing down your second home will prevent you from experiencing unnecessary bills and damages that go along with lack of proper maintenance. While things such as bringing in outdoor furniture and turning off your cable seem obvious, other steps such as draining your water and unplugging appliances are even more vital to ensuring that your home is ready for the off-season. To learn steps on how to winterize your main home, click here. [include CTA for other post]

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