For those who are visiting Florida in the winter, you probably are going to arrive at a winter home that needs maintenance. With all these months closed and with no one occupying it, you must give your vacation house a good clean up. Not only to avoid dust and discomfort but also to dodge some pests and diseases. Here are the top things you need to do.
Don’t underestimate the leaves and clutter that accumulates on your roof. Florida is well known for its tropical storms, and surely you can expect clogged drains by all that rain and wind. And here’s a fact: the majority of all flooded basements are caused by clogged gutters. So, you better climb that ladder and do the job. That could save you a lot of problems.
Vacuum the carpets and dust the furniture
If your winter house was locked all year or if you don’t have a recurrent cleaning service hired, your carpets definitely will require a good vacuuming. And your furniture? You don’t want to sit in a dusty couch! In fact, even if that doesn’t bother you that much, living in a dirty house (closed for a long time) could give you some diseases, and that will affect your happy vacation or winter stay in Florida.
Mow the grass
You better not have a little forest as a backyard. That’s not good in Florida or in any part of America. You’re literally telling your little wild animal neighbors, “hey, you can live in my house too!” Remember that Florida has tropical wildlife, and your house can be inhabited by roaders, bugs, and even lizards. Make sure you have the right clothing (boots, gloves, and thick pants) when mowing your grass.
Consider calling the pest control
Same reasons as above. If you find little wild animals or bugs roaming the entryways of your home, that’s the cue to call pest control. Mowing your grass may not solve the problem in its entirety, because if the animals have nested in the walls, you’re going to need a professional to do the job.
Get your furnace and boiler inspected
Maybe you’re used to cold winters, and little problems with your boiler won’t give you much of a headache. But having heaters and warm water is essential in any vacation, especially if you are with the entire family, and someone might get frustrated. Check the water temperature and the heaters in the first hours of your arrival, that’s the way to go.
Clean your swimming pool or chimney
Some houses have fireplaces, especially in north Florida, when you can even get snowy winters. A dirty chimney can lead to awful smoke leaks in the interior of the house and also the risk of a fire accident. If there’s even a remote chance that you’ll use your chimney, clean it. The same goes for swimming pools.
Plus: Check for Florida winter activities
But not everything has to be work! Florida has many fun and beautiful winter activities that you can enjoy with all the family. You can attend a night of lights in St. Augustine, travel back in time at Dickens on Centre in Fernandina Beach, watch the Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale, or simply go to the calm beach of South Florida and watch the sunset.
There you go! We hope you enjoy your calm winter vacation in Florida. And if you ever need some help with cleaning chores in your winter house, don’t hesitate and call us. We give you the cleaning service you need.