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
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.
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!