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HomeCareontheWeb has been dedicated to property management and rentals on the Costa del Sol since 2003 and our founders have owned property in Spain for more than two decades. The company was started from a need for support from the founders Tony and Gill Sidebottom for their Spanish property. Having evaluated all the options, they didn’t feel that anyone would really care for their property in the right way. So, rather than use someone they didn’t really trust, they decided to set up a company that would do things the right way and HomeCareontheWeb was born.

Coming from the position of owners and understanding their needs from the inside, has enabled Tony and Gill to set up a company that really cares and is prepared to deal with all the issues which can arise when an owner does not live in the property. Good property management requires a lot of people and so over the years they have built a large multi-skilled and multi-lingual team who are able to handle anything and everything that is thrown at them, without needing to worry the owner.

The first person to join the founders was a software developer, to build a bespoke system for the owners to be able to interact with the company whenever and wherever they wanted to. There is an owners’ area where they can check reports on their property, look at bookings, ask questions and make sure everything is under control. This is a key tool which ensures transparency and good communication and builds trust, leading to positive long term relationships with our owners.

We have responded to owners’ demand to rent out their properties by creating two sub brands – HolidayRentalontheWeb which is dedicated to short term rentals and HomeRentalontheWeb for long term rentals. These have their own website, which are the ideal marketing platforms for promoting rental properties. We have also set up partnerships with other companies such as Novasol Holiday Rentals, to increase the reach of our owners’ properties and bring more bookings.

Over 15 years, we have gained a huge amount of experience on how to care for properties and the peculiarities of how things work here on the Costa del Sol. Our team knows about all the regulations, how to present documentation and handle the utility companies and tenants. We can do this with ease after so many years, but remember how tricky it was that first time. This is why it is so nice to be able to take it off our owners’ plates and handle it all. Being able to deal with everything from cleaning and maintenance to rentals and issues such as break-ins, gives our customers total peace of mind and allows them to focus on their busy lives. Read our testimonials

As we’re generous folk, we like to share our hard won knowledge with property owners on the Costa del Sol and have produced a number of guides which you can download for free on our website. These contain our insider insight on long term and short term rentals and finding the right property management provider. We hope that these will help you to avoid making costly mistakes and allow you to plan for common issues when you start renting out your property.

You can download the guides by clicking on these links –

The secrets of successful holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol

How to rent your property long term on the Costa del Sol

Top Tips for finding the right property management company on the Costa del Sol

We also share lots of tips and information each month on our blog, which will help you get it right, when so many people get it wrong. This will put you ahead of your competition, get you more bookings and valuable repeat customers.  Read our property management articles

We hope these guides and articles will help you to make a success of renting out your Costa del Sol property. Remember, we are here to help if it seems too much!

Before you go, one final tip for you – don’t forget long term rentals! Most owners focus on holiday rentals and therefore there is a lot of competition for a relatively short season. However there is a growing demand and a lack of supply for long term rentals on the Costa del Sol at the moment. This means prices are going up and we can normally secure a tenant for our clients very quickly. We take care of inventory, checks and rent collection, plus handling any problem that tenants might be facing, so you don’t have to. Owners receive monthly payments and can have tenants for several years at a time, with very little stress. This is an excellent way to earn steady income from your property throughout the year.

Best of luck renting out your property, we hope you have an excellent summer and that your property is full over these key months. If you’re not getting the results you hoped for, please speak to us and see whether we can help you increase your occupancy and reduce the stress and strain.

HomeCareontheWeb Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

It’s a special year for the team at HomeCareontheWeb as they celebrate a terrific milestone in business, their 10th anniversary. After a decade of hard work and dedication, HomeCareontheWeb is very proud to still be one of the leading property maintenance and property management companies on the Costa del Sol.

Throughout the ten years HomeCareontheWeb has helped hundreds of home owners manage all aspects of their Spanish properties from providing high quality maintenance services and regular property inspections to dealing with energy suppliers, and looking after thousands of homes for owners who are not in the country.

What sets HomeCareontheWeb aside from other management companies is the trusted, personalised service and committed team who look after your property as if it were their own. Home owners on the Costa del Sol know that they are leaving their property in very capable, trustworthy hands, giving them peace of mind when they are not at the property.

Below are just some of the comments the team at HomeCareontheWeb have received about their services in the last year.

“We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your entire organization for making our ownership in Spain worry free.  The trust and confidence Homecare has instilled in us minimizes the anxiety of owning property overseas. We wish you good fortune for 2013 and look forward to continuing our interaction well into the future years ahead.” – Schimpf – owner

“Say a very big thank you for your help with our apartment in Elviria.  You were always very pleasant and professional and made my life that much easier” – Gaynor ex owner

“The villa looks marvellous. We are really pleased with how well it’s being looked after. Thanks to all at Homecare – if you could pass that on.”  Korchak – owner

“It was a nice house and we got a great service from Homecare.  The house was placed perfectly with a great view.  Overall we are very pleased with everything.  Thank you for a lovely time here!”  Jessie Lykke.

The team at HomeCareontheWeb now look forward to the future of providing high quality property management and maintenance services on the Costa del Sol and are even offering an anniversary discount for a variety of services. For a full list of our services visit our website or call us on 952 839 595.

 

When it rains in Spain…

The Costa del Sol is known for being a year round sunny destination, however it doesn’t always escape the wet weather especially during the winter months!

A spot of rain will be welcomed by the locals who work hard to keep the land and crops nourished, but it’s the last thing holiday makers want!

If you own a property in Spain you will know how important it is to keep it maintained throughout the year, especially if you use your property for holiday rentals and is a source of income. The weather in January, February and March can still be very nice, but these months have also been known to have strong winds and sometimes heavy rain. Preparing for such weather can save you time and money in the future and keep your guests happy even if it’s pouring…

  • Drain and Guttering

Now is a great time of year to check the guttering on your property if you haven’t already, as after the autumn months the drains and guttering can become completely blocked with leaves and debris which can lead to flooding. If you don’t fancy cleaning the gutters yourself though, there are reliable tradesmen on the Costa del Sol who can do it for you.

  • Garden furniture and weather damage

If you don’t have anywhere to store garden furniture through windy/rainy weather, you can purchase waterproof covers when not in use which will help avoid weather damage and keep your furniture looking better for longer. Sometimes the winds can be strong and lightweight, metal garden chairs have been known to blow into around causing damage. Stacking the chairs and chaining them together under a waterproof cover could save considerable damage and corrosion.

  • Go the extra mile for your tenants

When a family arrives from the UK the last thing they expect is rain when they get here! Providing an umbrella and even disposable anoraks could really help your tenants out and would cost you next to nothing. Research places nearby suitable for indoor entertainment such as cinemas, shopping malls, restaurants, Ice-skating, sea-life centres, and bowling centres and include details in your welcome pack. These little extras will make your guests feel like you have their comfort as a priority, and they can make the most of their holiday in Spain whatever the weather.

You can visit our website for more information about property maintenance on the Costa del Sol.

Tips for terrace gardening in Spain

Watering plant potsIf you own an apartment with a terrace, it can be hard to know what to do to make it a useful and beautiful outdoor space.

To help you make the most of this space for yourself or for rental guests, authors and gardeners Clodagh and Dick Handscombe have released a new book entitled Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style. It’s packed full of practical tips of what to do and what to consider, looking at plants, accessories and furniture.

They have included 12 useful tips taken from the book on the website InMalaga Today, which is very interesting reading for those of you looking to create a beautiful terrace. Click here to read the article.

If you would like someone to take the stress out of owning a home Spain, we offer comprehensive Costa del Sol Property Management Services and care for your home as if it was our own. Our services include property maintenance and gardening and we can even supply you with indoor or outdoor furniture to make your property beautiful and desireable both as a rental property and a holiday home for you. If you’d like to find out more, please visit our website www.homecareontheweb.com or email info@homecareontheweb.com

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