Florida is a pretty popular place to retire, and for good reason. Between the wonderfully warm weather and the complete lack of state income, inheritance, or estate taxes, it’s a pretty retirement-friendly state. If you live here, however, there are some regular inspections needed for every Florida home.
It’s no secret that Florida is warm—quite warm. If you live here, you’re definitely going to want to have a solid HVAC system installed in your home that you can count on to work when you need it most. Like anything else, though, they are subject to the wear and tear of time, even if HVAC systems generally last 15-20 years. If you want to keep it working properly and efficiently, you need to have your HVAC inspected and tuned up regularly. Generally, it’s a good idea to have your furnace inspected before you turn it on for cooler months, but especially have your AC inspected before you turn it on for summer so that any maintenance issues can be addressed before you’re dying in the heat of July.
Despite Florida’s reputation for warm, sunny weather, that’s not always the case. Hurricane season is an annual occurrence and can take its toll on your home’s exterior, especially your roof. You count on your roof to keep the rest of your home protected from the elements, so if it’s going to continue doing that, it needs to be kept in good condition. Otherwise, water damage, pest problems, and even roof collapse will follow. To avoid such issues, you should have your roof inspected after hurricanes or other high wind storms.
High humidity is another one of Florida’s ongoing circumstances. In fact, it can sometimes feel like you’re drinking your air more than breathing it. Damp conditions accelerate mold growth, which means that if you aren’t careful you can easily find yourself with mold in Florida. If it’s visible in your home, then addressing it is relatively straightforward. But you can’t always see mold growing, as it can sometimes grow behind drywall or in other less visible spaces. If you notice any signs of mold growth in your home, have an inspection done to check and make sure that’s the problem you’re dealing with.
Making your retirement in Florida can be a great move, both financially and for your lifestyle. In order to really enjoy your retirement, however, you need to have a good home to live in. Make sure you have your house inspected regularly so no problem gets in the way of your relaxation.