Your job does not end once you get a vacation home. In fact, the main job starts after you take possession. It does not matter whether you decide to hire a local caretaker, a property manager, or decide to do the job yourself – the maintenance needs to be taken care of. If you are clueless about where to begin, we’ve listed some amazing things that will help you maintain your dream vacation home effectively.
When you look around to buy a vacation home, be it a beach cottage or a mountain cabin, maintenance probably isn’t one of the things on your priority list. However, it should be. After you get possession of the property, you need to devote enough time and money to handle the routine home maintenance and respond to emergencies as well, should they arise. While hiring a professional property manager can ease the maintenance burden, it can prove heavy on your pocket. Getting a local caretaker is usually a cheaper option. However, the most effective option is doing the job yourself, since it will cost you nothing. But it can cause a logistics problem if your residence and the vacation home are quite far away from each other.
Hiring a property management company to look after your vacation home can be costly, but it can save you from a lot of effort and headache.
What can a property manager do for me?
A property manager can open and close your vacation home according to the requirements. He or she can screen and hire staff to make sure that your house is well-maintained both inside and outside. Also, if you plan to put your vacation home out for rent, a property manager can publish the advertisements, monitor the check-in of guests, and handle payments on your behalf too. A property manager basically acts as your eyes and ears. He or she regularly drops by and also responds during emergencies. This can be a boon if you live far from your vacation home. To find a reliable property management company, you can talk to the owners of nearby vacation homes and ask for referrals. You can also check if the company is a member of the trade group Vacation Rental Managers Association since it adds to their credibility.
The next best and cheaper option to a property manager, especially if you don’t plan to rent out the property or prefer to handle the rentals by yourself, is hiring a local caretaker who can act as a housecleaner and handyman to take care of your vacation home. To choose a good one, you can ask other nearby homeowners for referrals. It is best to hire someone local who can go to the house once or twice a month to turn on the faucets, flush the toilets, and inspect for damage that needs repairs. Since you’re going to allow cleaners and handymen to go in and out of your home during your absence, you must do a thorough check of the references and ask for proof that they’re bonded and insured. Another option that you can consider is to rely on a neighbor. You can work out an arrangement where you can check on each other’s properties regularly. It is a more reliable and fee-free option!
Stay prepared for maintenance emergencies
Preventive home maintenance usually reduces the likelihood of emergencies, but you can never predict when a pipe can burst. Therefore, as the owner of a vacation home, (especially if you live hundreds of miles away), the most important thing you can do is be prepared for the inevitable. If you have not hired a property manager or a caretaker, and if you do not have a neighbor you can call in such scenarios, you must have the contact details of local repair companies. Invest some time into assembling a list of electricians, exterminators, plumbers, and everyone else you may need. In this case, too, you can ask other homeowners for recommendations, but if you don’t get much help, you can turn to services like Angie’s List or the phone book.
Having a keyless entry system for your vacation home
This is essential in the event of an emergency. After all, a basic touchpad model costs less than 4000 THB. With a keyless system, you can just give the code to a repairman over the phone. A wireless system, which allows you to use a computer or cell phone to change the entry code every time you need, is more expensive.
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