While luxury vacation homes can be relaxing and blissful, they can come with a few headaches to the uninitiated.
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Make sure you’ve got all these checked off to ensure a safe, uneventful vacation season:
-Roomba: These are great to have around, especially if you have a cottage or bungalow with a simple floorplan. You can set them to clean up every few days, so your vacation house is always clean for your guests. You don’t have to lift a finger, and you don’t have to hire a cleaner.
-Sweeper broom: Keep one of these in the tool closet at each property. They’re a must-have, whether you’re keeping lawn clippings off your walks or leaves off the driveway. They cover ground so much faster than normal household brooms.
-Toolbox: Even if you have your own tool kit, make sure you leave a toolbox at the house. If guests need to address an emergency situation, they’ll be well equipped. Plus, you won’t have to lug all your tools around just to make a quick fix. Keep a basic set at each property. It’s not too expensive and it’s totally worth the extra few dollars.
-Combo drill: Absolutely essential A good drill set will cover most maintenance chores, and saves you untold time. You don’t necessarily need to leave one at each property, since there’s not really any reason for guests to have to use one. Just buy one for yourself. You’ll massively improve your handyman skills, and save lots of repair bills.
-Pool net, filters: these are things you’ll want to leave for residents. The net is pretty self explanatory, and the filters will probably be something you’ll take care of. If you don’t visit properties on a regular basis, leave filters onsite.
-Pressure washer: These are important to prevent mold on wood siding, and clean walkways like nothing else. This is one you can haul around, but if you’re flying to different properties, you’ll probably want to leave one onsite. They can be expensive, so make sure you find the best–click here to read some solid reviews from bestpressurewasher.reviews, which is where we've found some pretty dependable machines.
-Keyless locks: These might seem like an unnecessary extravagance, but going keyless is so much easier when you’ve got trade workers stopping by, and new guests coming and going frequently. Plus, it’s way easier to change the code than to make new keys, buy new locks, and get copies to everyone who needs them.
-Emergency Phone # list: pretty self-explanatory. Get a list of contacts for emergency repairs, or weather issues. If you’re not within easy distance, it makes sense to find people who can be on call if something goes South.
-LED/CFL lightbulbs: No-brainers. They’re a bit more expensive to install, but they save lots of money on utilities, and last infinitely longer than incandescents.
-Dehumidifier/flood pump: Vacation properties tend to be on the coast, so they’re pretty humid as a general rule. Dehumidifiers keep mold at bay, and keep those stale smells away, too. Flood pumps are an absolute must for any properties with cellars or basements. If you get flooded, you need water out of the basement as fast as possible to stop damage. They’re a bit of a pain to install, but trust us, you’ll be glad you took the time the first time you avert major damage.
Global Sea Rise: What you need to know
There’ve been a lot of worrying headlines in the news recently about global sea rise. We’ve had a lot of questions from prospective property buyers asking how bad things really are, and whether they should be concerned. Here’s the gist of what’s happening.
How fast are sea levels rising?
Well, that answer just changed in a big way, which is why all the headlines have been so shocking. In the old worst-case scenario, sea levels were projected to rise gradually by a foot or two over the course of this century. However, the wild card was always the West Antarctic ice sheet, which could potentially break off. Scientists thought that through gradual disintegration, it might eventually break up and add to rising seas. Given that it’s bigger than Mexico, that would mean about 12 feet of rise. Now, more accurate projection models have shows that the original prediction of 100-1000 years for that sheet to break up is way too optimistic. It’s probably already happening. The protective outer ice is weakening, and once it falls away, it’ll expose unstable cliffs to the seas. They’ll crumble much as the sheet in Greenland is already crumbling. So, if things go as they are, we’re looking at 5-6 feet of rise (minimum) by the latter half of the century. That’s more than twice the predicted rise from the last major report.
How much land does that cover?
A lot, in short. That’s miles of coastal land, and major trouble for low rise islands and beaches. That’s most of our major cities under major threats, including New York and London.
There’s a lot to be worried about, if you’re thinking of buying property, or if you already own property in coastal regions. Most beachfronts don’t have steep rises, which means you’re looking at losing a lot of ground–much faster that we’ve anticipated.
Why the change?
These findings are based on new models, which have been proven to be far more accurate than the old systems. Instead of just heat, they factor in other causes of melting and ice disintegration. That has made them the first models ever to be totally accurate about past ice changes, which leads scientists to think they’re much more accurate at predicting the future as well. However, they’ve not been confirmed yet, as the climate panel takes years to process new findings and conduct peer reviews.
Keep abreast of this news, as there’s not much you can do to protect your property in the long run. The most effective solution is to lobby your representatives and elected officials to take action against the oil lobby, in order to implement emissions restrictions far more stringent that the ones signed in the Paris deal. The one hopeful finding of this recent study is that drastic measures seem to prevent the major disaster scenario. However, we have to act fast.
Assuming that the study is accurate, and every indication is that it is, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us if we’re going to save our coastal homes.