Seasonal Property Management: Getting Ready for the Holidays

 In Property Management

Most of the time, families with a vacation home in Long Beach Island will only visit during the summer months when it is optimal beach weather. But what happens if you decide to spend the holidays in your vacation home. It’s not a bad idea. It would be like taking a mini-vacation; the shore can be beautiful during the holidays. However, you want to make sure that your vacation home is ready for an offseason visit. Seasonal property management is offered by many landscaping contractors. They will take the proper steps to ensure that your property is well maintained.

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Prepare Plant Life

To make sure the plant life around your home is ready for the winter, there are a few things that need to be done. Trees, shrubs, and hedges must be pruned away from your house. Pruning trims down any dead plant life, which will make your house much more appealing throughout the winter months. Also, this will ensure that intense winds during the winter will not cause damage to the siding of your home. When winter is over, the pruning done will help the growth of your plant life.

Another way to help protect your plants and keep them looking good during the winter is by having them sprayed with an anti-desiccant on them. Desiccation is when a plant loses too much water and is not able to absorb more water because of the ground being so dry and cold during the winter. An anti-desiccant is a waxy spray that prevents water from escaping plant life. However, you have to be careful not to use the spray too early, as this can cause even more damage. Your landscaping contractor will know exactly when to apply the anti-desiccant.

Last but not least a winter fertilizer should be laid down. This will help the regrowth of your plant life when spring comes back around. Seasonal property management will help keep your landscape looking great during the winter when you don’t have the time to do it yourself.

Snow Removal

When visiting your vacation home during the holidays, snow and ice can be an issue. You want to make sure that it is easily accessible. These means making sure recent snowfall doesn’t get in the way of your arrival. With seasonal property management, the snow will be removed from your driveway so that you can easily pull in when you arrive.

Sidewalks and walkways will be shoveled clear so that you’ll be safe to walk around, without the fear of slipping. And if you have an outdoor space in your backyard that includes a fire pit, it may be a good idea to have that cleared as well. There's nothing like having a bonfire on a beautiful winter night, especially with a cup of hot cocoa during the holidays.

General Repairs

Winter can be extremely harsh on the hardscape of your home. If you noticed that last winter caused serious cracks or potholes in your asphalt driveway, you’ll want to have them fixed before winter comes back around. If cracks in asphalt are not repaired, the next winter could be disastrous for your driveway. Wet and cold weather will increasingly weaken these cracks, making them bigger and much worse.

The same goes for concrete driveways and walkways. They are just as susceptible to damage from moisture and cold air. However, small cracks and damages to concrete materials are relatively simple to fix. A small patch job done right away could save you from having to redo the whole surface later on.

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Patios made with brick can sink or rise due to change in weather conditions throughout the year. If only a few bricks are out of place it is easy to fix. Seasonal property management will ensure that your brick patio is ready to be walked on during your holiday visit or when spring arrives, without anyone tripping over uneven pieces.

Regular property checks can be done to ensure the security of your home. During this time you can also have the property management company make sure that your heat is working properly and that your pipes do not freeze because of the cold weather. You don’t want to come to your vacation home over the holidays to find out you have frozen pipes and the heat isn’t working. Seasonal property management gives you the peace of mind that your home is being taken care of, even when you’re too far away to do it yourself.

Seasonal Property Management Before the Holidays

Whether you're are planning to visit your LBI vacation home during the holiday season or not, seasonal property management is a must. David Ash Jr., Landscape Contractors will help to keep your landscape and hardscape looking good all year round. With over 25 years of experience, David and our team of expert designers, horticulturists, and skilled craftsmen have the knowledge and skills needed to care for your home during the winter as well as prepare for your holiday visit. Start preparing today!

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