Our beloved Florida is affectionately and accurately referred to as the Sunshine State. Because of our beautiful subtropical and tropical climates throughout the state, we get a lot of visitors. Of course, having so many fun things to do, like a plethora of amusement parks as well as fun outdoor activities like airboats make it a great place to visit! The weather only adds to the enjoyment. Most visitors just come for a vacation, a week or two, if they are lucky. But, we do have a decent amount of visitors that come for larger chunks of time. Most of these visitors come from colder states during the winter months and stay here in Florida to escape the cold and snow in their home state. We can’t blame them. We love it here too!
Florida has an average of 239 days of sunshine per year. That means 67% of our days are sunny. In contrast, New York has 184 days of sunshine per year, making only about half of their days sunny. Around Easter each year, our northern visitors make their way back home before it gets really hot and humid here.
While some of these northern visitors (often referred to as “snowbirds”) rent out vacation homes or use sites like Airbnb to find a place to stay for a duration of their visit, there are those who maintain a residence here. If you are one of these visitors and own your vacation getaway, we thought you might appreciate it if we shared a few ideas or reminders about how to close up your Florida home for the summer.
It is essential to remove all food items. You can keep items in the refrigerator or freezer if they can stay good for the months that you will be gone, but there aren’t too many items that fit that category. For example, ice cream will get freezer burn and taste awful upon your return, but popsicles are probably fine to leave. Remove any open containers of cereal and such. It is just an invitation for bugs and you don’t want to come back to any type of infestation whatsoever. If you have had any issues with bugs, such as ants or cockroaches, we suggest you leave out traps designed specifically for the pests you have had a problem with so that they don’t make a home of your home!
Don’t leave any dishes in the sink or dishwasher. You should leave your dishwasher door slightly ajar so that it can “breathe” and won’t take on a strange smell from being closed up for months. You will want to do the same with your toilet lids. Leave them open. If you have a clothes washer, you should also leave the lid on the washer open. Your dryer probably has a light in it, so you will need to keep it closed.
Remember to turn off all lights. If you don’t want anyone (particularly strangers of the criminal sort!) to know you are gone for a lengthy amount of time, it is well worth it to get a couple lamps with timers attached to them. You can set them to come on for at least a couple hours a night to give the illusion someone is home. Remember to close your curtains and blinds. If you have any kind of safety measures such as hurricane shutters or an alarm, remember to get them set before you leave.
Remember to adjust your thermostat. It’s up to you if you want to turn it off completely, but in the interest of staving off intense heat and humidity which can lead to unpleasant odors or mildew, you may want to set it to keep your home at somewhere between 78 and 80 degrees. You obviously don’t need the heater to come on while you are gone. Your house doesn’t mind being cold.
Our last bit of advice is that if you have any friends or family that live here permanently and have extra vehicles, you could ask them to park one at your house, at least a couple times a week. This way, any would-be burglars will be confused and never know if someone is there or not. This, along with your timed lamps are simple, but good deterrents.
At Florida Moving Systems we certainly understand why you love visiting here, and if you ever decide to move here or move to a different vacation home, we hope you decide to give us a call! Our office is in Melbourne, FL and we serve all surrounding areas from Cocoa Beach on down the coast! We hope to hear from you soon.