You have finally fulfilled your dream of having a holiday home in Italy: it is beautiful, elegant, comfortable and you would like it to stay like this forever.
What can you do about it? Read our 4 tips below:
1) Hire Great People
Your home is your refuge, the place to hide away and pamper yourself with the people you love. Do not let anything spoil it and above all don’t put yourself in the condition of bad surprises at your arrival for the holidays!
The worst nightmare of any home owners arriving at their second home for holidays is opening the door and finding a flooded floor, a broken window, scrub in the garden or a dirty pool.
Make sure you have put together a team of qualified people, who take care of your home as if it were theirs: it is important to have a reference person who goes to check at least once a week that everything in the house is in place. He will coordinate the work of all the staff: from cleaning, to repairing small breakdowns and cleaning the pool.
2) Conduct Frequent Inspections
Handle a copy of your keys to your property manager to conduct inspections on a regular basis, both scheduled and unannounced, to ensure that your home remains in top condition. This is an extremely important facet of property management because it allows you to keep a close eye on the structural integrity of the property, as well as on the good functionality of the systems and appliances.
3) Receive Multiple Quotes
While we would never recommend cutting corners or paying less for substandard work, it is certainly wise and pragmatic to get multiple quotes from reputable tradespeople to ensure you’re receiving the most cost-effective service. If you don’t know where to start from, you can ask us: we have developed trusted relationships with providers who we can trust to provide reliable quotes.
4) Develop Relationships with Service Providers
Following on from the previous tip, we recommend developing and nurturing your relationships with the various service-providers and tradespeople in your area. It is important to invest the time and effort to not only find reliable people, but to keep those relationships cordial and productive, particularly as you will likely be requiring their services time after time.