Homes or Vacation Housing Needs
If you are looking to acquire a Second, Seasonal or Vacation home
there are things you should be aware of when purchasing in Vermont,
or any northern or colder clime for that matter.
For instance, the seasonality requires the need to protect the home
during the times you will not be there for long stretches,
especially in winter when the temps can go well below zero for many
days in a row. Winterizing a home can be problematic in older homes
that use hot water for the heating system, in that you will need to
drain all the water supply lines from the water main and hot water
tank as well as the hot water heating system itself. These lines may
need to be blown out by a plumber to be certain all dips and dead
ended sections have been drained. Some Seasonal property owners will
have a plumber come and install antifreeze into the self contained
heating lines to protect from freeze ups. In that event, you may
need only concern yourself about the Hot Water Tank and toilet
tanks…which can usually be easily drained and it is good to do that
with hot water tanks from time to time to remove the sediments that
Should you find a Steam System, a drain out of the furnace would be
expected along with any hot water tanks and to protect the toilets.
A Hot Air Heat system is easier in that there is nothing to worry
about with the heat system, as there is no water contained in it.
Therefore, you need to watch the Hot Water Tank and the toilets and
draining off the water lines to all water utilities such as the
washing machine, sinks, tubs & showers, outdoor hoses etc.
Electrically heated home are great for not worrying about the
heating system itself, yet, do not forget about the hot water tanks,
toilets and water lines for the water utilities.
Another idea is to simply keep the heat on year round at lower
temps, just to keep it from freezing. In those events, it is wise to
be able to know if the house temp falls due to fuel run out,
mechanical issue, electrical failure or other unforeseen issue.
Having a neighbor to keep an eye on it for you, or a Security System
that monitors the temps etc which can be programmed right to your
phone, might be a great solution. Some fuel dealers will even
monitor it for you, so look into that. Another idea is for a
property maintenance co to take charge. In any event, you will need
to assess the home’s own needs and determine a plan best suited to
your own situation. Without proper planning for your own situation,
a freeze up is likely and can cost many, many thousands of dollars
to correct as well as the physical loss of personal property such as
heirlooms, antiques, prized possessions and irreplaceables. So an
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
DO NOT FORGET to prepare for this each Fall season to provide for
many happy returns to your Vermont Getaway Vacation Home! You will
be glad you did and get so much enjoyment from your Second Home! You
might even make it your Primary residence!