Last Updated on March 19, 2018 by Mark Lavington
The peak letting season is almost upon us. It’s time to get organised and start preparing for an influx of guests (and sunshine!). It’s vital that your holiday home is ready for everything the peak period has to throw at it. And that you’ve also taken every precaution to ensure that guests have a happy and safe stay in your property.
In order to do that there are a few checks that you’ll need be making. Here’s an overview of our tips for preparing your holiday home for the peak letting season.
Electrical items, boilers and alarms
When it comes to the safety of your guests, ensuring that electrical items, boilers, fire and carbon monoxide alarms have been recently serviced and are in full working order should come at the top of your priority list.
Keep a record of when these items were last checked and inspected. Make a diary note of when they’ll next need attention.
There’s further information on the specific checks you’ll need to carry out and how often here:
- Is your holiday home electrical circuit safe?
- Gas safety tips for holiday letting
- Preventing fires in holiday homes
- Tumble dryer safety for holiday lets
- Have you had your chimney swept?
- Maintaining electrical items in your holiday let
The garden and grounds
The winter can often take its toll on our gardens, so before guests begin to return to your cottage ensure that you’ve had a thorough check of any external areas; this should include elements such as making sure that winter weather hasn’t damaged nearby trees, that your pathways are cleared of algae or leaves that could cause visitors to slip, and that any decking is in fine fettle.
Whilst a risk assessment can sound like an arduous and technical task, having a detailed list of items to check in the garden (and other areas of your holiday home) will ensure that nothing is missed by you or the person responsible for inspection if you live a good distance from the property.
You can find more information on maintaining your holiday home garden in our blogs here:
- Tips on removing moss and algae
- Essential decking maintenance
- Maintaining your hot tub
- 10 steps to revive the exterior of your holiday home
Holiday homes come under more stress than the average home, therefore furniture will sometimes need a little TLC or replacement. Wobbly chairs should be fixed, and that dodgy door knob should be repaired. Even the smallest details, such as a loose floorboard or kink in the carpet, could present a trip hazard for all of the guests that you will be welcoming.
The lead up to the peak letting season is also the perfect time for a thorough spring clean, so pop your marigolds on and give your holiday cottage a deep clean. Replace any tired looking towels, plump up the cushions, and make sure that everything a guest may need is in there.
If you have a housekeeper responsible for changeovers then now is a great time of the year to go through their checks, and ask them what could be altered to reach an even higher level of visitor service in the coming period.
You can find more information on maintaining the interior of your holiday home and housekeeping in our blogs here:
- 10 steps to revive your holiday homes interior
- Housekeeping – keeping your Holiday Let spick and span
- Holiday Let changeovers – a good time to make additional checks
Is your welcome pack up to date?
Your welcome pack should be seen as a key part of your communication with guests, so you should be taking the time to review it on a regular basis and ensure that it’s completely up to date.
Correct emergency information, local restaurant recommendations, and any other information that isn’t right. Also ensure that instructions to electrical items and anything else they may need within your cottage during their stay are readily available.
For more information on using your welcome pack as a marketing tool please take a look at our blog here:
- 10 content ideas for your holiday let welcome folder
- Keeping your Holiday Let welcome folder fresh has many benefits
Your welcome pack isn’t the only paper work you should check in the lead up to the peak letting season. Both general and fire risk assessments should be reviewed annually. Ensure that you’ve got all the appropriate certificates covering areas such as gas safety, PAT testing and Electrical Installation Condition Report.
Property maintenance is an essential aspect for holiday homeowners fulfilling their duty of care. Keeping on top of it will ensure you achieve the best returns on your holiday home. A well maintained property will also reduce the risks of holiday home insurance claims.
Boshers offer specialist holiday home insurance to owners across the UK. Require a quote for your holiday apartment, cottage or complex? Please give us a call on 01237 429444.