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Seven top tips to look after your holiday home, now that summer is over

Leggett Property Management maintenance

We all know that travel has been difficult over the last 18 months. Hopefully though you will have been able to visit and enjoy your French holiday home. But what should you be doing now that you may not be able to return for a while? Here are seven top tips – remember that your local Leggett Property Manager will be able to organise these for you.

1- Tidy up the garden and prepare for Autumn and Winter. It’s a fact that a freshly cut lawn and tidy garden will stop burglars from thinking that the property is empty. However, it also makes financial sense to keep the garden under control, so that you are not left with a huge “clearance” bill the next time you visit. It’s also so much nicer to arrive to a tidy garden and your neighbours will thank you too. Nobody likes living next door to a jungle. Why not use the time to put matting down under gravel to keep the weeds from taking over your driveway and paths.

2- Have somebody clear out gutters and check your roof. It is vital that your property remains safe and dry and the roof is the most important element of the property. Clearing the gutters is essential and you can check that no external pipes are loose or detached.

3- Close down your swimming pool. Hopefully it saw good use but now is the time to think about closing it down for the year. Clear all the debris out, clean the stains off the liner, check the water levels, balance PH levels, shock and chlorinate the pool, backwash the pool filter and add any winterising products.

4- Get all of your appliances checked and tested by local professionals. Make sure that you check the pipes not just the boiler. During the winter, you may also want to turn off the water supply, drain the taps and leave the heating on a low setting.

5- Thoroughly check the roof – we mentioned the gutters earlier but borrow a pair of your childrens binoculars and check the roof for slipped or broken tiles. Go up to the attic and look for signs of damp (particularly with dormer windows). Replacing a couple of broken roof tiles now could save you thousands of euros next year.

6- Look after the interior as much as the exterior. By this we mean checking all internal windows for damp, covering furniture with sheets, make sure all windows are shut (not just for burglars but to stop birds or stray cats entering the property) and close the shutters – check to see if they need a paint or varnish while you do so.

7- Finally, don’t forget to empty the fridge. You don’t want to return to sour milk, mouldy cheese or rotten meat. Make sure your letter box is empty witrh a “pas de pub” sign on it. Nothing shouts “empty house” like a load of junk mail hanging out of your front door!

We have only scratched the surface here – if it all seems like too much to organise remotely then why not let our local property managers take the stress away from you. Contact us on hello@leggettpm.fr to see if we have one near you.