As the summer season winds down, you may be wrapping up your stay at your Lake Nacimiento vacation home. If you own your home, but only stay there for part of the year, it’s important that you have a home-maintenance plan set in stone. As your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some of your options.
While you’re away from your Lake Naci vacation home, consider who will look after it. Will you hire a property management company, a local caretaker or maintenance worker, or will you stop in and do the maintenance yourself? Let’s consider some of the pros and cons of each.
Property Managers – This option will take away the most stress and headache of maintaining a property while you’re away. A property manager can check in on your house often, will keep up with landscaping, will make sure the water and appliances are working properly, will bring in mail or newspapers, will oversee repairs if necessary, will know how to respond in an emergency, and can manage guests if you rent out your property while you’re away. The downside is that property managers don’t come cheap!
Local Caretaker – If you’ve got connections in the area, or you do some research, you may find a local caretaker or maintenance worker that is willing to look after your Lake Nacimiento vacation home for far less than a property management company will charge. This person can visit your house once a month to turn on faucets, flush toilets, inspect for damages, etc. A landscaper could keep up with your lawn and flowers. How much you will pay a local person will depend on their rates and how much you have them doing, and how often.
On your own – If you don’t hire anyone to look after your vacation home in the off season, plan for emergencies. Make a list of trusted, recommended local repair companies in case of an emergency, such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, etc. Make sure to install a keyless entry system for the home, so that these individuals can easily get into your home if need be. You can just give the code to someone over the phone if necessary. If you live nearby, you can always visit the home yourself to do maintenance and checkups as well.
If you’ve got questions, or are looking for local management or repair recommendations, give us a call! If you’d like to buy or sell a Lake Nacimiento home or vacation home, contact us. As your Oak Shores Realty team, we’re here to help you accomplish all of your Lake Nacimiento real estate market goals! We know how easy it is to fall in love with Lake Nacimiento, so we’re here to help you find the lake home of your dreams.
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