Do you own a holiday-let? 5 tips to get it up to scratch for next season

Independent estate agent, Chartsedge, reveals the vital checks needed to ensure your holiday-let home is in good order for the year ahead

It’s no surprise that many property owners are short of time and will find it difficult to visit their holiday-lets to arrange for minor work to be carried out. However, as we approach the winter season, this period is often the best time of year to dedicate some hours to updating holiday homes requiring TLC ahead of next season.

Here is a list of the top 5 external annual checks to ensure your holiday home comes up to scratch for the year ahead.

External

Chimney stacks: Check these for signs of cracked cement, split or broken pots, or loose and gaping joints in the brickwork or render. Storms may loosen aerials or other fixings, including the materials used to form the joints with the roof coverings.

Roof coverings: Check these for slipped, broken or missing tiles or slates, particularly after storms. Flat roofing has a limited life and is at risk of cracking and blistering. Remember you should not walk on a flat roof. Where possible keep it free from debris. If it is covered with spar chippings, make sure the coverage is even, and replace chippings where necessary.

Rainwater pipes and gutters: Clear any debris at least once a year and check for leaks when it is raining. You should also check for any loose downpipe connectors and broken fixings.

Drains: Make sure you lift drain covers annually to check for blockages and clean these as necessary. Check any private drainage systems annually and arrange for a qualified contractor to clear these as necessary.

Garden: Regularly prune trees, shrubs and hedges as necessary. Look out for any overhanging and unsafe branches, loose walls, fences and ornaments, particularly after storms. Clear leaves and other debris, moss and algae growth. Make sure all hard surfaces are stable and level and not slippery or a trip hazard.

Make sure you come back tomorrow to discover what the top internal checks are!

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