For Florida residents, the fast-approaching winter months simply mean it’s time to keep your light jacket handy and get started on holiday shopping. Northerners, however, can expect a bitter drop in temperatures and the onset of harsh, wintry conditions. It’s no wonder so many of them flock to the Sunshine State for a few months of reprieve!
A luxury vacation home in Florida is the best gift to give yourself this holiday season and for the years to come. If you’re planning on becoming a snowbird, there are a few things you need to take care of before you pack your bags and head south!
Choose your destination.
Spend some time researching the premier spots for investing in a winter home in Florida. Think about what you want out of your snowbird season and find a location that matches your goals. Are you looking for a small-town experience? Big city life? Something in between? Visit the cities you’re considering before making any commitments to determine which one best suits your needs.
Create a checklist for prepping your permanent home.
One of your regular responsibilities as a snowbird will be securing your primary home so that it is well-protected and remains in good condition while you’re soaking up some extra Vitamin D! Before you leave for the season, prepare your home for vacancy by:
- Forwarding your mail
- Stopping all utilities
- Safely storing valuables
- Checking your alarm system
- Arranging property maintenance
It’s not a bad idea to ask a friend or family member to stop by periodically either, just to make sure everything is still in order.
Take care of insurance.
It’s important to ensure you and both of your homes are covered year-round before you head down to your vacation home each season. Check with your health insurance about providers near your second residence you can use in case you need medical care or prescriptions. If you’re not covered, consider buying traveler’s insurance.
You’ll also have to determine whether you want to invest in homeowner’s insurance for your Florida property and notify your primary home insurance company of your impending vacancy.
Thinking about discovering the advantages of a snowbird life firsthand? Contact the experts at Leibowitz Realty so we can find the perfect luxury vacation home for you in Palm Beach County. View our current listings online and reach out to us today to take advantage of our skill, dedication, and extensive network!