How to Winterize Your Luxury Lake Home

We've just officially entered into the fall season, and the cooler weather is a reminder that winter is right around the corner. You know what that means, time to winterize the vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks. It's important when you own a luxury vacation home, to ensure there are plans in place to maintain the property while you're away during the winter months. This can be accomplished simply and effectively by hiring a professional company to routinely check the home for maintenance needs, and even cleaning. This keeps your luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks secure, functioning properly, and ready for your next visit to the lake. Outside of the house care plan, here are a few other items that should be considered as we head towards winter.

Check Your Insurance Policy

It's a good rule of thumb to periodically check what your insurance policy covers, especially during the winter months while you're away. Ensure that your policy actively covers all necessities or liabilities that could occur. Some insurance policies will not cover your home if you leave it unoccupied for an extended period of time - something you'd definitely want to be sure of before heading out for the season.

Protect Your Plumbing

Burst pipes are some of the most irritating hassles to deal with in home maintenance. The water damaged caused when pipe ruptures can be catastrophic, timely, and costly. It's relatively easy to protect your home against. Set your heater to a timer to ensure the home never gets too cold, as well as shutting off the water to the property. While you're at it, don't forget the outside water as well, for any water systems you may have set up on the grounds.

Unplug the Appliances

Disconnecting the home's appliances before leaving for an extended period of time helps to avoid unnecessary electric charges and even prevents electrical fires that could occur. To go one step further, you can contact your cable or satellite TV service providers to inquire about a "pause" on your subscriptions while your away as to not be charged for services you're not utilizing.

Deter Intruders

It's important to make your luxury home appear lived-in while you are away. This helps to deter potential intruders from criminal activity against your property. While having lights set to timers is a good route to go, it may not be enough. Equip your home with a state of the art security system that allows you to control the home's lights, alarms, and even locks at the touch of a button, from across the country.

Protect From Wildlife

You may not think about this when winterizing your vacation home, but protecting it from wildlife is also a key factor in the winterization checklist. Let's take your fireplace, for example, birds may see this as an opportunity to nest inside your cozy flue, resulting in fireplace issues down the road. Whereas if you were to install a gaze over the chimney, it would prevent birds from nesting and keep your fireplace functional for the next lighting. Also, consider locking any dog-doors into the home, which can be inviting for mice or other rodents as they seek shelter from the cold.

Don't Forget the Dock

A more unique issue for the Lake of the Ozark homes than you may have experienced with other vacation homes - the dock. The Lake of the Ozarks is not protected from freezing over during the cold winter months, which can cause damage to your dock. This problem is resolved by having a company routinely check the dock during the winter months for you or having de-icers to stir the water around. Either method is perfectly viable for protecting against dock damage in freezing conditions.

If you don't have a luxury lake home at the Lake of the Ozarks quite yet, you're in luck. Now is a wonderful time to purchase a home at the lake, with interest rates near historical lows, end of year tax write-offs, as well as the booming housing market. If you're interested in purchasing a million-dollar home at the Lake of the Ozarks, Luxury Lake Home is ready to help you navigate the lake area and find a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind luxury home for you!


MATTHEW SCHRIMPF
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Lake Ozark Realty

www.LuxuryLakeHome.com

Email: schrimmj@gmail.com

Direct Phone : (573) 365-7333
Cell Phone : (573) 434-6026

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