Gift your second-homeowner clients with a to-do tip list for their primary home before they leave to ski/surf or whatever at their second home.
Second Homeownership Exploded During Pandemic
You probably have more second-homeowner clients now than you had pre-pandemic. Why? Many former primary-homeowner clients became second-homeowner clients in order to get out of the city to escape the anxiety and uncertainty of the pandemic. (If you didn’t, didn’t you want to?)
Help your now second-homeowner clients by gifting them a to-do tip list about what they can do before leaving to make sure their primary home remains intact while they’re off to their second home for some weeks or months.
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Second-Homeowner To-Do Tip List
Add your own tips; delete irrelevant ones. Personalize this tip list to your market area and for your clients. Make this Second-Homeowner To-Do Tip List your gift to your second-homeowner clients…they’ll appreciate the list and you for gifting it to them.
- Clean out the refrigerator. Toss or bring along the things that won’t last. Clean with soap and water the refrigerator’s inner shelves.
- Take out the trash.
- Set light timers to give the house an appearance of activity.
- Make sure security cameras and outdoor motion-censor lights work and are well-positioned at access points. Replace old batteries with new ones.
- Turn off water main if going away for more than one week.
- Schedule periodic lawn/landscape/snow maintenance. Make sure any sensitive plants are covered/moved indoors. Trim trees to prevent storm/wind damage.
- Empty/detach hoses to help prevent frozen pipes.
- Set water heater to low or vacation level.
- Set thermostats to about 60 degrees. Program/schedule smart thermostats in advance.
- Unplug appliances and electricals.
- Close chimney flues.
- Disconnect car batteries if gone for several months.
- Plan for and establish pet care. Leave detailed instructions and schedules.
- Contact doctors/vets in second city.
- Connect with tax professional/accountant about which home/location offers most friendly tax realities.
- Set up mail holding/forwarding schedule and delivery alerts.
- Convert to e-bills if not already receiving them.
- Shut and lock all windows/doors.
- Choose one neighbor as a contact person in case of emergency. The whole neighborhood doesn’t need to know your clients “gone.”
- Encourage second-homeowner clients to create their own master checklist to do-to’s so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel the next time they “escape.”.
Thanks to Lillian Dickerson and Inman.