That is right, it is that time of the year again. The long, dog-days of summer are finally over. Fall has fallen in earnest. Daily temperatures are dropping Snowbirds are returning to the Valley of the Sun, which means the population of Phoenix is about to increase significantly. The homes of most snowbirds have been sitting, vacant and used for six-months or more. When they return, they are going to have to handle a few, specific maintenance concerns. Also, snowbirds are leaving behind a home that will be vacant for the duration of the winter, which comes with its own set of maintenance issues. Today, we are going to begin a conversation about both issues. Let’s get into it!
Leaving for Winter
The first step to settling in Phoenix for the winter, is leaving the somewhere else. Where do snowbirds come from? They come from places where it is cold. Too cold. Downright inhospitable. Places like…Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota. If you are a snowbird planning on leaving your home for the duration of the winter, you need to make sure it is protected from the elements. This process is called “weatherization,” or for this particular season, “winterization.”
Before you worry about the elements, make sure you contact the post office to forward your mail and stop the delivery of newspapers or anything else that may get shipped to your home.
Plumbing is also an important concern. The last thing you want to have happen is to see your pipes freeze over, then burst. This will lead to disastrous flooding come springtime. To prevent this, turn of your water before leaving for the winter. If for some reason you cannot turn off your water, you need to find a way to keep your pipes warm. There are many options, which we will discuss in a later blog.
Finally, we recommend that you schedule a roof inspection and an electrical inspection. These inspections could catch small issues which had the potential to develop into nasty, expensive problems during the winter.