If you’re fortunate enough to own a holiday home in a pleasant location, you’ll know that it represents more than just a convenient sanctuary which you can escape to when life becomes a little too frantic. It’s wonderful to visit there and to relax under a warm sun and a blue sky, of course, but there are some rather more mundane aspects of holiday home ownership. Here are five tips to ensure you get the most from your investment.
Enlist a little local help
Whether you own a villa in Valencia or a chalet in Chamonix, you won’t be able to keep a close eye on the property throughout the year. Therefore, it makes sense to get to know a local individual or couple who will do it for you. A specialist agency could be the answer, but if you ask around among the other owners you might find they’re already using someone who can be relied upon.
Pest control is vitally important
If your holiday home is likely to remain empty for long periods, you could soon find you have problems with pest control. Unwanted visitors from the insect world, for example, can settle and flourish in a property that has little or no human interaction for weeks at a time. Therefore, make sure you have enlisted the help of specialists so the issue doesn’t become a serious one.
Regular maintenance saves time and money
Holiday homes need upkeep just as much as regular ones, so if you visit your vacation property several times in any calendar year it could be a good idea to set aside times for maintenance. The occasional coat of paint doesn’t take long to apply, and the benefits are there for all to see. Smaller tasks performed now prevent them from developing into major projects that take weeks to repair.
The importance of being organised
Many owners purchase the property as an investment, and plan to rent the place out to tourists throughout the holiday season. This is often a good idea, but there are some things that can cause a headache. It’s vital that owners become as organised as possible at this stage, because issues such as cleaning, insurance, booking procedures, handling payments and imparting information are all hugely important.
Make sure you’re covered
Adequate insurance for your holiday property is a must, because there are so many things that can go wrong. Local weather conditions, the standard of construction, the safety of paying guests and the protection of your financial investment are all areas of potentially damaging problems, so make sure you have the right cover for every eventuality.
David Showell is from the UK and is a regular user of holiday villas. He works for a Faro car hire specialist.