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November was incredibly wet, with over a week of pouring rain – how did your property stand up to the test? If you haven’t been able to check it yet please don’t delay, sadly lots of Costa del Sol properties are not built to stand such a deluge and leaks are common. If they are dealt with quickly and the house is dried out they are not a big problem, but leave them until next summer and you will have a major damp problem and an expensive issue to sort out before you can rent it again.
We have been visiting all the properties that we manage over this wet period to check that everything is OK and it’s made us realise that many owners really don’t consider their properties over the winter months, so we wanted to give you some advice on how to make sure that you come through the winter unscathed.
- Don’t stick your head in the sand – Have someone on the ground to check your property every month, air the place and put on the heating if necessary to keep the damp at bay and to deal with any issues that might have arisen. This is key to avoiding expensive issues later on.
- Regularly inspect the outside of your property for any potential issues – Think about any tall trees which could lose branches in a storm, check guttering is clear and that pipes are insulated and there are no leaks. Also check blinds and sun covers for rips and take down summer umbrellas and awnings to avoid damage.
- Turn off your mains water – If you aren’t in the property make sure the mains water is turned off, as you can’t always spot a leak and it will cost you a fortune on your water bill, not to mention potentially flood the house.
We hope this has been helpful, here are some more winter property care tips for you to support you in keeping your property in top condition. Remember that winter on the Costa del Sol is usually lovely, but it is definitely better to be safe than sorry in these cases.
If you’re not here, but want to ensure your property is in good condition, we can help. With more than a decade of property management experience and a big team of management and maintenance professionals you know that your property is in excellent hands when you choose HomeCareontheWeb. We also have an excellent online system where you can see reports and any maintenance issues at home when it suits you with just a few clicks of your mouse, so you are always up to date. Please get in touch if you need some Costa del Sol property management support and we’d be delighted to help.