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.