Preparing Your Vacation Home for The Off-Season - Part 1

Every homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks is going to handle this time of year a bit differently (though, we’re sure it involves tears for all!). Some will completely winterize their luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks and come back in the spring to enjoy it, others are only going to partially winterize it because they will still visit throughout the winter, or have someone who cares for it through the offseason. No matter what your solution, here are a few ideas to consider as you prepare your million dollar home at the Lake of the Ozarks for the upcoming off-season.

Things to Be Aware Of ...

Owning another property is both an investment and a responsibility. Here are a few of the potential problems that could occur during long periods of time away, and then some follow-up solutions to help guard against them.

  • Bugs
  • Rodents
  • Mold
  • Fire
  • Frozen Pipes
  • Leaks
  • Theft & Vandalism
  • Issues with your HOA
  • Swimming Pool Care
  • Lawn & Landscape Maintenance

The good news is that with a bit of prior planning, you can limit the chance that you experience these issues.

Electricity & Water

The first instinct could be to turn off the electric and water at your vacation home, but this can all depend on where your home is located and what systems you may still want to keep running. If your home uses gas, you probably want to turn off the gas supply to the house for safety, though.


If you leave your electricity on, you can continue heating your home through winter, which can be a way to prevent even more costly issues like frozen pipes.

You can also choose to turn off the circuits for specific systems in your home, but you may want to consider leaving on the electric that power your alar systems and your lights. There are apps that will allow you to program your lights so that they turn on and off.


Shutting off the water to the house when you are permanently gone is often advisable because it can reduce your chance of water leakage and damage. If you do decide to leave the water turned on, you may want to make sure that the sprinkler systems are either watched or maintained. A malfunction can create water drainage and damage issues for both you and possibly your neighbors.

A great tip is to consider investing in a smart home technology that can detect water leaks, as well as alert you to any potential issues before it becomes a huge issue. You can also hire a company who can come check on your home regularly or if you get an alert.

All Systems In Place

With Labor fast approaching, the end of the summer season as we know it is coming to a close. Schedules start to become busier, kids go back to school, the weather gets cooler, and routines are back in place. If you own a luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks, now is the time to start making your winterizing plans and get them in place.

If you don’t own a lakefront home at the Lake of the Ozarks, now is a wonderful time to make your dream purchase. There are some exceptional homes on the market right now, and this is a financially great time to make vacation home purchases. Have questions about owning a luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks? We would be honored to speak with you about the advantages and show you a few homes. Labor Day weekend would be a great time to take some tours!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Lake Ozark Realty


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