Let’s identify each of the things that will cost you monthly on a monthly or annual basis. They are:
Lawn care: About $125 per month which includes weed wacking
Pool: About $125 per month for a weekly visit four times per month. Chemical balance each visit and scrub pool twice in a month.
Tree trim: Depends on what needs to be done but often includes pruning palm trees. I know who to call for inexpensive tree service.
Pest Control: In general, it’s a quarterly service but expect around $300 per year. Important to know is the service provider will come out on a days notice if you have an issue without charge.
Power washing: This is an annual service to anticipate which will cover your house, lanai, pool cage, roof, etc. The cost varies by size of home.
Boat lift: Often over-looked but it will bite you in the butt if you don’t keep it maintained and that is the voice of experience! There are only a handful of companies doing this and will depend on type of boat lift and condition. Call me for boat lift companies that have treated me fairly over the years.
Piling Wrap: Many homes already have their pilings wrapped below the water line and that is a good thing. If your homes has not had the pilings wrapped then you should consider doing it. This is a one time expense. The piling wrap is a heavy synthetic material that protects the pilings underwater from worms and sea creatures eating the pilings and damaging them. Its much cheaper to take preventative action than to install pilings down the road. Again, a one time service and cost is dependent on the number of pilings and condition. Good to know that existing pilings that have problems can be saved at a much lower cost than a new piling.
Garbage/trash service: There is no specific additional cost with this in Punta Gorda Isles or Burnt Store Isles. The service also includes bulk pick-up at no additional cost. Tree trimings, lawn debri pick up is also included in the service.
Water: The cost of water in SW Florida is considerabley more expensive than other areas. Of course, it is a function of usage. For a family of two with heavy usage, including multiple boat washings in a week, laundry every day, etc. and you can anticipate $100-$130 per month. If you have lawn irrigation this cost will go up significantly.