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Second homes tend to be vulnerable to property mishaps and falling into disrepair, simply due to the fact that you are likely to spend less time there. If you're not around to keep a close eye on things, any number of things can go awry.

 

If you have a holiday home, you are probably already aware of the financial and emotional benefits. It can serve as a solid investment property while providing space for family and friends to gather.

That said, to make sure your second home doesn't start to drain your resources and become more of a burden than an investment, you'll need to stay on top of its maintenance. 
Second homes tend to be vulnerable to property mishaps and falling into disrepair, simply due to the fact that you are likely to spend less time there. If you're not around to keep a close eye on things, any number of things can go awry.
  
Luckily, there are some steps you can take to ensure that your holiday home is well-maintained even from afar. Read on for some tips on how to keep everything in tip-top shape for your next vacation.

1. Keep up with repairs
It sounds like it would be intuitive, but when homeowners are away for extended periods, it can be easy to let the minor repairs slip through the cracks. Soon, though, these minor repairs become big ones.

If you don't feel up to fiddling around with leaky pipes or faulty furnaces during your time-off, consider investing in a regular contractor who makes routine maintenance calls. Contractors who have worked with educational institutions such as the Contractor Training Center and have passed state and national exams are more reliable and knowledgeable about the kinds of services you'll need and when.

Having a professional eye on the lookout for smaller issues can help you catch them early, so they aren't worsening while you're away.

2. Invest in a security system
Unfortunately, those trained in house robbery can usually spot an unoccupied house without even trying. Even if you set light timers and take other precautions to make it appear as though you are home, the ruse will only last so long.

Some of the more high-tech security systems these days protect your home even when you’re not there. Many have cameras accessible from your smartphone and will immediately alert you anytime something seems the slightest bit off.

The peace of mind you'll get from a top-notch security system is unmatched, and will make sure you always feel comfortable entering your second home after long stretches away.

3. Rent it out
These days, vacationers are always looking for homier options than the standard economy hotel offers. Your second home could be the perfect recreation option for them, just as it is for you.

All the small annoyances of renters aside, regularly having someone in your home will stave off maintenance issues that pop up with unattended spaces.

There are tons of websites out there that will allow you to post rental details about your home, too, so finding renters doesn't have to be a full-time job.

Conclusion
A second home should always be a place for relieving your stress, not adding to it. Making sure that your home is in tip-top shape might seem like extra work now, but it will prevent your vacation from taking a bad turn down the road.

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