My husband & I spent the first fifty years of our lives in the northern area of the nation.
Both of us dealt with over six straight months of freezing & snowy weather every year.
Both of us spent a great deal of time & effort shoveling snow, scraping ice off our cars & protecting our dwelling against sub zero temperatures. Both of us finally made the choice to purchase another dwelling down south. Now that we’ve retired, both of us divide our time between the 2 dwellings… This basically allows us to enjoy the most excellent weather in both places. However, keeping up with the responsibility of 2 dwellings is a challenge & also is incredibly stressful. Both of us continually are worried about an oil furnace malfunction in the beach dwelling up north resulting in water pipes actually freezing & bursting. We’re anxious over a potential break-in, water gas furnace rupturing or the roof actually caving in. Being away from a property for six months left us vulnerable to all sorts of setbacks. To set our minds at ease, both of us invested in a quality automation system for both dwellings. The automation system basically allows remote access to all of the major systems & appliances. Both of us can make needed adjustments to temperature, lighting & door locks. The automation system includes security features such as window sensors, surveillance cameras & outdoor motion-activated lights. Because of the advanced security system, both of us also get sms alerts if there is movement detected on the property. Both of us are notified if someone walks through the yard, knocks on the door or attempts to break in through a window. We’re able to watch real time video to see what’s happening at either dwelling. Along with providing peace of mind, the automation & security systems also lowered our insurance premiums a great deal.