When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
When you leave your cabin alone for the duration of a Minnesota winter, you run the risk of having some uninvited house guests. Mice are the most common critters to infiltrate cabins, and even if you are meticulous in your cleaning and maintenance, these buggers can still find ways in through air conditioning ducts and wiring that lead into the home. Mice are good climbers, too, and if you have trees overhanging the roof, mice might find a way to sneak into your attic.
Flurries are flying today, putting an end to 2016’s Endless Fall. Sure, it’s been a glorious ride from mid-April to mid-November, and we’ve certainly enjoyed the extended time up at the lake. But with the deep freeze just around the corner, it’s time to review some tips for taking care of your cabin this winter.
Sure, you know you’ll have to do a little cleaning come spring. Easy stuff, like dusting, sweeping, knocking down cobwebs, and firing up the fridge, right? Ideally, that’s all you’d have to do. But the reality can be much different – especially if your cabin has been left alone all winter. Here are some issues that can befall a Minnesota cabin if it sits unoccupied for the winter months.
There are many different components of property preservation. Here are some of the important services that we offer.
Initial Property Securing
Once the previous occupants move out, you’ll have to make sure that the property is secure and safe. WIth DuAll, our technicians can change all the locks on the home, identify and address any potential safety issues, and secure outbuildings, pools, and more.
Water Extractions in Minnesota
April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring flooded basements. This can be especially problematic if you are managing a portfolio of foreclosed properties. Because you likely don’t visit every foreclosed home every day, the chance that water damage can creep into floors and walls is much greater. And if that water is left unattended, you will be facing a lot of damage - and steep repair costs.
Tulips are working their way towards blossoms, trees are trying their darndest to show a little green, and chirping birds have returned. While Mother Nature prepares for the color onslaught of summer, you might still be stuck in the winter doldrums - especially during these days when our yards look defeated after several months of snow cover.
No good property preservation contractor can truly say that they’ve “seen it all.” Every property presents its own challenges, whether it’s removing a heavy safe from a basement, disposing of hundreds of old tires, or addressing biohazards. The possibilities are endless, and the more experience your contractor has, the more likely they will be able to tackle anything you throw at them.
When winter gales besiege a foreclosed or otherwise unoccupied property, the elements can do a lot of damage, fast. Here are some steps to make sure that your properties remain in great condition, all winter long.
When it comes to securing, cleaning, and preserving your inventory of foreclosed homes, you have a lot of options. But not all property preservation companies operate the same way. What should you ask companies before making a decision?