Here’s some helpful tips from The Florida Movers.
Ah, the life of the snowbird. It seems ideal: spending the cold winter months in the beautiful warm sunshine of Florida and then, when the heat begins to be too much, make the move up north at the start of spring to see the azaleas and lilacs in bloom and enjoy the lovely sunshine of the northern states.
Living in both parts of the US brings about many wonderful experiences for older couples who have a hard time living in the frigid cold of the north. When the weather warms up and these snow birds head back up north for summer, there are many things they have to consider before they leave and not just what to pack for the next few months.
There is a fair amount of planning that goes into closing up a house for an extended period of time. Ideally, you would want to find a house sitter. Your house sitter could be a friend, a family member or even a neighbor who could visit the home and check on simple things, such as plants that need to be watered and making sure the appliance are all working, to more serious things, such as water damage and, if a storm has occurred, downed power lines or tree damage.
Before the snow birds move back up north for summer they should also remove all items from their porch or deck. They should stop all mail deliveries, turn off the water from the main valve and make sure all drapes and curtains are closed. If there is an impending hurricane, be sure there is someone who can board up windows if necessary.
Knowing that their home will be in top shape when the first leaf turns and the snow birds head back south, gives them the peace of mind they need to truly enjoy their time away.