Absentee Homeowner Advice from Coast Home Watch of St. Augustine

How would you like to come home (or get to your home away from home) to this nasty looking site? We came across these alien-like fuzzy growths on the exterior of a client’s house and in their lanai. This is the cocoon stage of the polka-dot wasp moth, or oleander moth....

Long distance real estate purchases may sound unusual, but happen more and more often, especially in our region. You may even have one in your future. Please consider hiring someone locally like us to help with all of the logistics that need to happen after the purchas...

February 19, 2019

Ornamental grass is a great option for landscaping for part time homeowners. It’s graceful and showy, adds interest and texture, and is usually very tough, in my experience. If they are happy where they are planted they will come back year after year like clockwork, an...

January 27, 2019

In our area, most snowbirds are here now, in the winter, avoiding the snow and cold and enjoying their southern properties and the mild, beautiful weather of the St. Augustine area. I know that last thing you want to think about before you have to is your exodus up nor...

Spring is here and while you’re getting some of those spring cleaning chores done, don’t forget to check your air handler unit so it’s in top shape for the warm weather coming our way any time now. If you have a maintenance agreement with a HVAC contractor they should...

February 10, 2018

You have a thriving vacation rental property, you have a place guests love to rent and relax in, you’re living the dream - don’t forget to take some simple steps to foster good neighbor relations, or you are inviting headaches and frustration into the mix. Some neighbo...

January 5, 2018

According to the NFPA, one out of every five home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound. In home fires where smoke alarms were present but didn’t operate, just under half had dead, missing or disconnected batteries. You should be changing the batteri...

December 8, 2017

Traveling for the holidays? Many people share their real-time vacation pics on Facebook, but think before you post these. Burglars watch social media outlets to see who is staying home, and who has left their home empty. That shot of you on top of the ski slopes, about...

November 5, 2017

Keep your second home or vacation rental safe:


    •    Avoid using extension cords - Extension cords are a temporary solution to a lack of accessible outlets. Install enough outlets in your home to service your electrical needs. If you must use an extension cord ensur...

October 7, 2017

You may choose to rent out your vacation home when you're away. With websites like Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) it’s easier than ever. You can boost your security from the start with these tips:

  • Secure your valuables. Lock up your personal items in a...

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