Many residents in North Palm Beach, Florida are only here for part of the year. These upcoming months are crucial for those heading back north. If you wish to maintain the value in your Florida real estate, make sure to properly prepare your home for the months you’re away. Avoiding coming home to the Sunshine State in the Fall with troublesome situations. Here’s a handy checklist for how you can secure a happy return.

Indoor Maintenance
If you’re going to be away for a few months at a time, it’s best that you do the following. Set your air conditioner for 80 degrees. Summers in Florida can be especially humid so make sure to have your dehumidifier set at 45. Empty your cabinets of any perishable foods and clean out your refrigerator. Flush your pipes by running water for 10 minutes in all faucets, then turn off your water. Close your curtains to keep out the summer heat and to cut costs on air conditioning. Change the batteries in your alarm system, smoke detectors, and thermostats.

Discontinue services
Contact the post office to have your mail forwarded to your off-season home. If you receive the newspaper, discontinue that service until your arrive back in the fall. You’ll also wish to discontinue your phone, cable, and internet services.

Find a caretaker
Whether you choose to employ a neighbor or a professional maintenance company, be sure you have someone keeping an eye on your home while you’re away. List out your expectations in writing and keep a list of who has access to your home. This is a good time to update your home security as well if you have undesirable people on that list. Have your caretaker check the entire house for any leaks, breaks, etc. at least once a week. They should also open your windows and doors occasionally to allow fresh air into the home.

Document before you leave
Take pictures of your home’s current condition before you hop on that plane to head north. Pictures should be taken of both the inside and the outside of the home. You’ll also want to document the settings of your dehumidifier and thermostat.