Being a non-Resident French holiday home and gîte owner in the Charente may be profitable not only in high season, but throughout the year. However, to yield the rentable income from your French holiday home, it is necessary to exercise regular property maintenance and to carry out repairs. Naturally, undertaking property maintenance and repair to your French home holiday may become challenging if you are non-Resident in France. Moreover, in recent years, due to the changing climate, the Charente region has experienced strong winds and regular storms during the winter months which require regular property checks to ensure that property damage has not occurred which may be detrimental to your gîte rental income. If you have a property manager, then it would be prudent to request weekly property check visits with video footage and a property check report sent to you for peace of mind. In addition, winter wet weather tends to create a smell of dampness, if holiday home properties have been sealed by shutters and are not regularly aired. Therefore, a weekly visit from your property manager would also ensure that your French home holiday is opened up once a week.
As a holiday let owner, you are probably already aware of the importance of planning ahead for the holiday season. If you do not have the latest photographs of your French holiday home for marketing, then ask your property manager to attend the property on a bright sunny day for a photo-shoot in order that the photographs may be uploaded in good time to the gîte booking websites.
Another important annual maintenance task to carry out in early March will be your French holiday home garden. Any camellias and magnolia grandiflora in the garden will require a Sequestrene plant feed to prevent the yellowing of leaves which may not be attractive to potential guests seeking a gîte rental.
Although the winter weather may seem to give the impression that the high season is months away, the month of March is a busy month for the French holiday home let market.
Do not get left behind – contact your property manager today with a list of to do tasks!