Living in Florida can mean unusual wear and tear on your home that residents of other states typically don’t have to worry about. If you are a transplant from another state, you may be wondering what steps you need to take to keep your home in top shape. Here are some of the main concerns that Florida homeowners face and how you can protect your home from them.
Indoor and Outdoor Pests
The hot and humid weather in Florida makes it a great place for animals to call home. To keep outdoor pests from coming in, or indoor pests like roaches from taking hold, regular pest control is a must in Florida. You can perform this task on your own by spraying a pest control substance around the outside perimeter or hire a service to treat your home regularly. Check your home for the signs of pest infestation, such as droppings from rodents, or small wooden trimmings that may appear along your baseboards as termites work their way in.
When summer approaches, the thunderstorms and high winds associated with them can easily cause dead or dying tree branches to fall and land on the structure of your home. The weight of the tree branch can cause significant damage to the roof, gutters, siding or windows. To avoid this, perform regular checks of the trees closest to your home. Examine them for any cracks along the tree base or branches, any rotted spots or dead branches. If there are a lot of trees around the outside of your home, it may be worth the money to get a professional tree service to come out a few times a year to trim your trees.
Although Central Florida is at less risk of hurricane damage than coastal parts of the state, there is still a risk of homes getting damaged when a hurricane hits our area. Part of being prepared for this risk is making sure your home is up to par. If you live in an older home, make sure your windows can stand up to the high winds and debris they may be subjected to if a hurricane strikes. Any gaps or worn out spots on your roof are also likely to sustain damage, so performing a regular inspection on the state of your roof is a good idea. Look for any areas where the shingles are worn or any spots where the roof surface seems to dip.
Keeping a home in good condition can mean extra work for you, but the reward is a home that will retain its value for many years to come. If you’re ready to take the next steps toward homeownership in Central Florida, The Core Group can help. Click here to find out more.