How to Prepare Your Custom Home for Extended Absence

Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 11:40AM

How to Prepare Your Custom Home for Extended Absence

From summer vacations, to business trips, and other scenarios, there are times when you'll be away from your home for days or even weeks on end. This is undoubtedly true for those homeowners who live out-of-state for part of the year.

You likely already take precautions to secure your property. That includes installing an alarm system, having a trusted friend or neighbor check on the house, and other ideas. Still, there are additional ways you can safeguard your home against a variety of threats — providing you with peace of mind while you’re away. Here’s how to get started:

Thorough Inspection

In Central Florida, house cleaning goes beyond mere aesthetics. High levels of sand, bugs, and dust particles pose a threat to the health of people and pets, and also put undue stress on your home’s integrity. That’s why it’s wise to clean both the inside and outside of your property before leaving for a long journey.

Be sure to unplug appliances that won’t be in use. Some homeowners connect lamps and televisions to timed plugs to create the illusion that the home is occupied. It’s also a good idea to keep your thermostat connected — especially in the summer months. Otherwise, appliances can be stored until you return home.

Even if you have a security system installed, considering pulling curtains and blinds. Not only will this prevent people from seeing inside, it also contributes to a cooler indoor climate, which saves on A/C costs.

Weather Considerations

Many people live in Florida during the winter, and then head North when the temperatures rise. Of course, during that time your home is still subject to the elements, including heat, humidity, pests, severe weather, and other potentially hazardous or harmful scenarios.

Humidity, especially, can wreak havoc on property. Consistently-high levels of humidity contribute to:

  • rusted appliances
  • wood deterioration
  • paint flaking and wallpaper peeling
  • insect infestation
  • mildew and mold growth
  • destroyed clothing
  • musty odors
  • and other unsavory conditions

Older homes are especially susceptible to humidity and mold issues. By contrast, custom homes in Daytona Beach and the surrounding area are built using high-quality materials specifically designed to stand up to the harsh Florida conditions. Energy-efficient appliances (including new air conditioner units) also save you money in the long run.

As you keep the weather in mind, it’s also wise to bring inside any items that could become airborne in the event of severe weather (such as a hurricane or tornado). That includes often forgotten items such as patio furniture, outdoor cooking equipment, and other objects.

Enlist Assistance

As mentioned, it’s wise to ask a loved one or trusted friend to check on your house occasionally during your absence. You may wish to provide them with a basic floorplan detailing the location of emergency shut-off valves, fuses, and power sources for anything using gas, electricity, or water. Your custom home builder can also provide you with that information.

For more than 30 years, our skilled and knowledgeable staff members have been glad to answer all questions and address concerns regarding the exciting journey of custom home ownership. Consistently-ranked as one of the premier Daytona home builders, we’re proud of our many awards and the stellar customer experience we’re able to provide.

Homeowners rave about the quality and professionalism we employ in crafting their ideal Ormond Beach homes, in addition to properties across Central Florida. Browse the ‘Communities’ section of our website to learn more about our process. Then, contact us today to get started on the custom home of your dreams. 

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