How to Open and Close a Vacation Home

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Santa Rosa Beach home

As the weather changes from cold to frigid, we are all daydreaming about warmer days! Wouldn’t it be great to step outside of your Santa Rosa Beach home in Florida and onto the beautiful, white, warm sand?

Well, sunny days are approaching sooner than you think, and if you own a vacation home, or are looking to purchase one, it’s important that you remember to give yourself some time to open (or close) your home between seasons.

What does opening and closing a vacation beach home entail? Let’s discuss!

Opening a Vacation Home

Whether you are planning to enjoy your beach home with your family or you are planning to rent it out, there are some important steps you need to take. Your beach home has likely been vacant for a few months, and therefore will need a bit of maintenance. Here is a list of items that you will want to address to prepare for the active season!

  • Make sure that any utilities you had turned off to save money are turned back on.
  • Inspect the outside of your home.
    • Look for plumbing or roof leaks.
    • Clear off and fix any walkways or driveways.
    • If necessary, set up any outdoor lighting that may be needed.
  • Stock your kitchen and bathrooms with necessities (Ex: toilet paper, paper towels, linens, etc).
  • Change old light bulbs and replace your smoke detector batteries.
  • Replace furnace filters.
  • Set up and/or clean outdoor furniture.
  • Plug in appliances.

Closing a Vacation Home

Closing a vacation home properly is critical in maintaining its value. Closing a vacation home is about more than lowering your costs for a few months. In fact, if done incorrectly, closing your home can end up costing you more than you bargained for. When preparing for an empty season, it’s important to remember that even though you are away, your home needs protection from the weather. Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to do to ensure the safety of your home during an off season.

  • Turn off any unimportant utilities to save money and energy.
  • Inspect the outdoors.
    • Are there any trees or limbs that need to be cut away for safety?
    • Inspect the roof for damage before leaving.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are closed securely.
  • Secure or store outdoor furniture.
  • Unplug appliances and electronics.
  • Drain all water lines to prevent them from freezing.
  • Install a home security system to ensure safety.

Santa Rosa Beach Home in Florida

The crystal clear blue and emerald waters of Santa Rosa Beach in Florida are lined by miles of breathtakingly clean, white sand. Whether you are looking for the perfect getaway for your family, or want to invest in a vacation home you can rent out to the public, this beach is the place to be! Do you want to tour some of the beautiful Santa Rosa Beach homes for sale in this historic town? Contact LAH today!