Whether you have a cabin, cottage, or an RV that you use to travel around the country, you know that it can be a challenge to successfully maintain two completely separate residences. You need to worry about cleaning, repairs, and even making sure that the fridge remains stocked with the things you might need. And — when most second homes are meant to provide an opportunity for relaxation — worrying about all of the maintenance can definitely add stress. Keep these tips in mind to help make the upkeep of both of your homes a breeze!
1. Mark important things in your calendar.
There’s a lot to remember even if you just own one home. So, owning two can quickly turn into a logistical nightmare. Take the time to sit down and jot important reminders on your calendar. Everything from when you should drain the toilets and clean out the fridge to when you need to pay taxes and take out the trash should be marked on your calendar, so you’re sure you won’t miss anything important.
2. Utilize services.
Outdoor maintenance can be a real hassle. So, if you can afford to pay a service to mow your lawn, take care of landscaping, and handle snow removal, go for it! It will take an extra responsibility off your plate so that you can spend more time actually enjoying your second home!
3. Keep a standard shopping list handy.
When vacationing in your second home, you’ll obviously need to eat. Foods that don’t spoil quickly — like pasta and canned vegetables — are great to keep around. But, you’ll need to constantly purchase items like lunch meat, fresh produce, and milk. Create a standard shopping list of items you always need to purchase when visiting your cabin or cottage. Then, you can easily pick up everything you’ll need without having to give it much thought!
4. Stockpile non-perishable items.
You’ll also need things like paper towel, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and laundry detergent. Keep a stockpile of these sorts of supplies so that you’re never caught in a pinch. Some of these things can be hard to get your hands on — especially if your cottage or cabin is in an extremely rural or remote area. Every month or so, check out how your supply is doing so that you can proactively replenish any items that are running low.
5. Have all bills sent to one address.
Since you’ll be paying for utilities on two completely separate homes, some bills and important payments can easily fall through the cracks. To avoid missing something, have all of your utility bills mailed to your main address. That way, if you aren’t able to visit your second home for an extended period of time, you won’t miss a payment deadline!
Maintaining two separate homes can undoubtedly be a challenge. But, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Employ these tips so that you can stop spending so much time maintaining your homes, and spend more time actually enjoying them!
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