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If you’re lucky enough to own a Costa del Sol property, you probably think about it and visit it during the summer months, either because you’re renting it out for holiday rentals, or because you and your family are using it yourselves. However, ensuring your property remains in good condition over the winter is key to reducing the occurrence of problems and expensive maintenance issues.
Most Costa del Sol properties as designed and built for the glorious summer weather which we enjoy so often, with large windows, lush tropical gardens, large terraces equipped with furniture and large expanses of luxurious, cooling marble. These properties are amazing in the summer months, but can be problematic in the winter, getting very cold and damp and sometimes flooding.
The hot sun is tough on properties and so when the rains come, the water has a tendency to find its way in if the sun has weakened terrace joints or roofs. This is also the time when many properties sit empty, so if a small leak does occur it is not discovered for months, or until there’s a major problem and by then it’s a really costly problem to solve.
Here are some tips for ensuring your property stands up to the winter season –
- At the end of the summer season inspect your property carefully for any cracks or degradation of tiles or seals and get them fixed there and then
- Check gutters and drains for any leaves or anything which could block them and cause issues when the rains come
- Cover your pool if you can to keep it in good condition
- Check that your garden has adequate drainage which takes water away from the house and consider an automatic irrigation system for the dry winter days to make sure the garden is in great condition for next season
- Move all outdoor furniture inside and make sure it is clean and dry when you bring it in
- Clean your property thoroughly before closing it for any length of time, leaving fridges and freezers defrosted and with their doors open
- Have someone come and check the property at least once a month to identify any maintenance issues and air the property
- Consider heating the property sporadically to combat any damp
- Consider using the winter season for improvements such as a new coat of paint or improving tired bathrooms or replacing broken tiles etc. and ask builders to air the property and heat it when they are there to make sure it isn’t getting damp
- Check the property at least a month before any rental bookings to enable you to fix any issues, warm up the property and get rid of any damp smells
We offer comprehensive property management packages, where we come and check and air properties on the Costa del Sol on a regular basis and use our team of property maintenance experts to solve any issues quickly and efficiently. With over 10 years of experience and a great team behind us, you can trust HomeCareontheWeb to keep your property in tip top conditions for you or tenants next year.