Maintain Your Vacation Home

Although several of you are residents of Newport Beach or in the surrounding areas, many come to Newport Beach or Corona del Mar to vacation, and may have a vacation home of their own here.  The following article from HouseLogic.com gives some helpful hints on caring for a vacation property while you’re away:

How you’ll maintain your vacation home might not be at the top of the list as you shop for a beach cottage or mountain cabin, but it should be. You’ll need to devote time and money to handling routine home maintenance and responding to emergencies.

Hiring a professional property manager can ease the maintenance burden, but not the price tag. An informal arrangement with a local caretaker can be cheaper. Doing the work yourself can be cheapest of all, but the logistics get complicated if your vacation home is far away.

Property managers: Convenience at a price

Hiring a property management company for your vacation home can be costly, but it can save a lot of effort (and headaches) on your part. A property manager can open and close your vacation home, and screen and hire a staff to make sure your house is well-maintained inside and out. If you plan to rent out your vacation home, a property manager can advertise the rental, check in guests, and handle payments…

Local caretakers can be cheaper

A cheaper alternative to a property manager, especially if you don’t plan to rent out the house or will handle rentals yourself, is hiring a local housecleaner or handyman to maintain your vacation home.  Even during the offseason, it’s a good idea to have someone local who can go to the house once a month to turn on faucets, flush toilets, and inspect for damage…

Prepare for maintenance emergencies

Preventive home maintenance reduces the likelihood of emergencies, but a pipe is bound to burst eventually. The most important thing you can do is be prepared for the inevitable.

If you don’t have a property manager, caretaker, or year-round neighbor you can call, at least have a list of local repair companies at your fingertips…

You can read the article in full here.

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