Keep your Holiday Home or Gîte Safe and Secure after Summer!
So, your last summer guest has departed and the clocks roll back by an hour. But is it time to put your gîte or holiday home to bed?
Your holiday property investment may now be at greater risk looking tightly shuttered against a grey sky and early night fall. A closed for winter swimming pool highlights that your property is not in use. Marketing flyers, local newspapers and magazines quickly mount upon unattended post boxes which communicate a vociferous message that nobody is at home.
Take steps to protect your property . . .
Get to know your neighbours! Ask them if they would be willing to remove accumulating printed matter from your post box and from around your front door. Would they be willing to carry out a Garden Check to ensure that your garden does not look over grown should an Indian Summer arrive unexpectedly!
Think about your property’s window dressing at ground floor level. Keeping the curtains open may be a good idea so that your neighbours can see if there are any uninvited guests.
Although advances have been made in technology with surveillance carried out by installed cameras via cyber, it may not compensate for the human touch when your investment may be at risk. Remember, a good property manager who undertakes your security checks is better than a barrel load of tears. More importantly, you may be saving a fortune!