With upward of 75 percent of homes in the Pine-Strawberry area being second or vacation properties, many sit empty for months on end, a target for thieves.
Every year, dozens of break-ins are reported throughout Rim Country, many discovered weeks after they occur.
And if break-ins aren’t enough, many second homeowners come back to a broken water heater or some other repair, putting a damper on a relaxing weekend.
One Pine couple says it has a solution. Pete and Mandy Licavoli started Pine Creek Vacation Home Services in October, offering “peace of mind while you’re away from your vacation home.”
The couple says it will check on a home as often as a homeowner wants, making security and maintenance checks and even cleaning the home before and after residents arrive.
“By maintaining a presence at your property while you are away, our service can help decrease the chance of property damage and provide peace of mind.”
The couple, who has lived in Pine-Strawberry for years (Pete was born and raised in the area), said they saw a need for this type of service some time ago given the number of second homes that sit vacant for months.
Many homeowners don’t have a neighbor they can count on to pick up the paper, make sure the widows are closed or rotate which lights come on at night, Mandy said. That is where we come in.
Even before a homeowner leaves, the couple will inspect a home for any repair issues. If they notice calcium build up on the water heater, for example, they’ll keep a close eye on it. If something does break while they are away, we’ll catch it early and offer a solution to fix it, she said.
“Well take care of everything.”
Beyond security checks, Pine Creek Vacation Home Services offers cleaning, yard maintenance and even “platinum home pampering.” Mandy said she can stock the fridge before a homeowner arrives, wash the sheets, sweep the driveway, pick up the mail, run a vehicle or ATV and take out the trash.
Mandy said they’ll do everything so a homeowner can relax when they arrive.
“People want to come up here to relax, not work,” Pete said.
Services start at $25 a visit and go up. Pine Creek Vacation Home Services is licensed, bonded and insured.
For more information, call (928) 970-1649 or visit www.pinecreekvacationhomeservices .com.