Sometimes those of us who live in the Naples area year-round poke fun at residents who only spend the winter months with us. We lovingly call them "snowbirds" because when the snow starts to fly in the north, they head for the warm comfort of Naples. The truth is, they're probably onto something. Why not enjoy the best of both worlds? If you're going to do that, you might as well do it right so that you really do enjoy your time in both places. Here's a look at a few secrets to being a successful snowbird.
You may be someone who prefers spending your winters in a place where you don’t wake up to snow shovels and ice scrapers. There is, however, more to doing that successfully than simply jumping in the car and heading for Florida. Here are some things you’ll need to think about if you want to be a successful snowbird.
Preparing Your Northern Home For Departure
Before you can enjoy the warm and relaxing Florida sun, you need to prep your northern home for your absence. Here are a few essentials:
- Unhook outside hoses so you don’t come home to broken water pipes next summer
- Stow garbage cans in the garage so it doesn’t advertise your absence
- Discontinue newspapers and have neighbors check for flyers stuck in your front door
- Use timers for indoor lights set to random times
- Turn down your thermostat—but leave it warm enough to keep indoor pipes from freezing (55 degrees is usually adequate)
- Turn off the hot water heater, water for the washing machine and to the dishwasher to avoid leakage
Notify Service Companies Of Your Absence
While you don’t want to advertise that you’ll be away, you will want to let companies that provide service know you’re gone, including:
- Water company
- Electric company
- Trash company
- Phone company
- Car insurance company
- Social security office
- Credit card company
- Post office
Take Additional Safety Precautions
As mentioned above, you don’t want to advertise that you’re gone lest you tip off burglars. Here are a couple of things you can do to avoid the appearance of an empty home.
- Have a friend or neighbor park in your driveway on occasion
- Make arrangements for grass cutting or snow removal while you’re gone
- Check with local police to see if they offer vacation watch programs
Make Your Naples Home Everything You Want it to be
The Naples area has a lot more to offer than great weather. There are plenty of great restaurants in the area (Here’s a look at five of the top restaurants). You’ll also find fun and interesting events all over the area. And if you want to take a short trip, there are lots of fantastic fall getaways in the area. And just in case you need a reminder, here are eight reasons Naples is a great place to live.
Of course, having the perfect place to live in Florida makes all the difference in the world. What would it take to make your Naples home a comfortable, convenient, and inviting place to stay? Consider turning your master bathroom into a relaxing, spa-like retreat. Here's an article that highlights the essential elements for an amazing bathroom.
Perhaps you’ve wanted to completely redo your Naples kitchen. Here’s a look at six kitchen designs that made our jaws drop. Or you might want to focus on making some improvements to the outside of your home. Here are some tips for creating an amazing outdoor space.
So before you head to Naples to enjoy the Florida winter, make sure your northern home is prepared for your absence—and start thinking about how to make your warm-weather home the retreat you’ve always wanted it to be.