Your concern is legitimate but one that is easily resolved. There are a wide variety of options that can provide you with relief. First, there are any number of security services that will contract regular visits to your home and check on it. There is also the option of having a good neighbor provide the same. Additionally, there are any number of communities that are gated and/or guarded that provide people with the level of service they require.
The bottom line is that approximately 40% of the homes in Florida are not full time residences. This results in a good number of people finding themselves in the same situation as you envision yourself. Don't let this be a deterrent to your dream of escaping the uncomfortable northern winter temperatures because your concerns are real but the solutions...easily accomplished!
Are you interested only in single family homes, or might you be interested in a condo or townhome? Condos are easier to leave for long periods of time due to the fact that they have the grounds, pool, etc. maintained, so you can just lockup and go. However, there are also neighborhoods where lawns are maintained also. During the time you are in your home or condo, I'm sure that you would make friends who could advise you.
If you are interested in a condo, I have a lovely one listed in Satellite Beach with a beautiful view of the pool, rec. room and miles and miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. If you are interested, please let me know and I could e-mail you the listing. Also, if you are not already working with a Realtor, I would be glad to e-mail you listings of properties according to your wants and needs.
Ruth Ann Harvey
If you would like I would love to help you find somewhere you could feel comfortable about leaving your home in the summer months. Go to my website to search or if you have any further questions.
If you need any help finding a place, please let me know.
Phil Rotondo, ERA Showcase Properties and Investments