If you’re a snowbird heading home from a warm spot, Kiplinger https://bit.ly/3laQ6uu has some advice about preparing your seasonal property for the months it will be empty.
Here are four basics:
- Have a caretaker. Find someone to pop in to check on your house or condo every couple of weeks.
- Keep your property is safe. Install an alarm system monitored by actual humans so someone can call the fire department when there’s an emergency.
- Track water. Use free apps like Dropcountr to keep an eye on your property’s water usage while you’re away. A spike in water consumption is a sure sign of a burst pipe.
- Foil burglars. Make your house a tough target for burglars. Don’t leave a car parked outside in the same spot for months, have your mail forwarded, and install motion detector lights.