Many of the residents at Palm Island Plantation settle into the community here for the winter months, soaking in every second of the year-round near-perfect weather that Vero Beach, Florida has to offer. But before you jet off to the Florida coast, be sure to wrap up things at home. Here are some tips for winterizing your summer home.

  1. Clear the Gutters – Whether you’re in a region that deals with heavy snowfall or not, it’s important to clear your gutters of all leaves and debris always, but especially before the temperature drops. Your gutters already take a hit just with the fluctuation in temperature. When you add in the presence of leaves, twigs, and anything else that may collect there, it’s just added pressure. Clear it out.
  2. Follow-up on the Furnace Filter – Whether you’ll be keeping the house at 60 degrees or a toasty 72, inspect your furnace filter and replace if necessary. Better yet, ensure that your complete heating system, ductwork and all, is functioning correctly.
  3. Trim the Trees – Before you cut your Christmas tree, be sure to show your landscaping some love. Remove any precariously hanging branches and prune back bushes and shrubs as they settle in to hibernate for the winter.
  4. Insulation – Drafty windows are not only annoying but can wreak havoc on a heating bill. Be sure all windows and doors are shut and locked tightly. Added insulation along these frames can also be beneficial as well. Be sure all exposed piping is wrapped and sealed to avoid rupturing.
  5. Clean-up Crew – there’s nothing quite like coming home to a spotless house. Especially if your home will be completely vacant over the winter months, be sure it is spotless before heading South. Perhaps schedule another cleaning a week prior to your return to freshen things up and have everything looking perfect for your arrival.

Are you a snowbird looking for a new home? Call today and book a tour at Palm Island Plantation at 772.234.6500.

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