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Property Maintenance

Prepare your property for winter One of the overiding factors influencing the purchase of a holiday home in southern Spain, or indeed moving to live on the Costa del Sol, is the favourable climate. However, the fact remains that, especially inland and at higher altitudes, it really does get cold in AndalucĂ­a during the winter months. In fact, many expats even decide to head off for the southern hemisphere or Asia in search of warmer weather. Whether or not you spend time in Spain over the winter, your Spanish property has to survive it. Rain, frost and, in mountainous areas, snow, can all cause damage to the brickwork and structure of your home in Spain, and can lead to flooding and long term damp problems. Spanish home insurance may cover some if not all eventualities, but the team at Berkeley Property Group we believe prevention is surely better than cure. There are several simple steps you can take to make sure your Spanish home is well prepared for winter. For example, a quick check of your roof for any cracks and broken or missing tiles before the rain arrives can save a lot of problems later. Any loose tiles should be replaced immediately, since they can not only result in a leaky roof but can also fall off in heavy winds, endangering passersby.

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Property Maintenance If your property has guttering, clear any leaves or other debris that may have accumulated over time to avoid overflows and blockages. Blocked drain pipes can also freeze and crack. Burst pipes are not only costly to repair, but in vacant properties can lead to floors being wet for months and result in lingering dampness. As another precaution to frozen pipes, it is worth considering leaving the heating on at around 13C even when the home is unoccupied. This should not cost too much, and as well as safe-guarding against freezing pipes, will mean the home takes less time to warm up on your return. Of course, if you expect to be away for a long period, it is advisable to turn all the water off at the main valve. However, since this will still leave water in the pipes, it can be a good idea to get a plumber to drain the water system, especially if you have central heating, thereby removing any risk altogether. Using your central heating to keep the house at a suitable ambient temperature is a good idea, but naturally the boiler must be well maintained in the first place. Regular servicing is a must, and will help avoid any unwanted breakdowns. Condensing boilers with external pipes are particularly vulnerable to freezing which will cause them to shut down, so make sure these are properly lagged with insulating sleeves. Any pipes and hot water cylinders located in loft spaces need special attention for the same reason. Insulating the loft itself will minimize heat loss, helping to keep your home warmer whilst also reducing your energy bills. Windows are another area that should be carefully checked. Look for wood rot and cracked putty, and use sealant to plug gaps. Rain water should drain away from the glass and not collect on the sill or drain behind it. If you have shutters, make sure they are securely fastened. If your home has a garden, you should keep all trees well pruned, remove any dead or damaged branches and ensure they are clear of buildings and cables. A falling tree in high winds can cause severe damage to your property.

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Tel: +34 951 778 034

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Property Maintenance

There are various standard checks you should always carry out around your Spanish home to ensure it is a safe place to be. Use surge protectors on your electrical appliances, especially items such as TVs, computers, modems and ‘phones. These help prevent against damage caused by power surges during electrical storms, and also can prevent fires. Your home should be fitted with both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Regularly test the batteries in these, and replace immediately when they are not working. Gas and electrical appliances should be serviced annually by qualified professionals, and make regular checks for signs of any damage to installations. Routine maintenance can save you money, and possibly even your life, so it’s well worth investing a little time to ensure your Spanish home comes up to scratch in all these areas. If you feel you are unable to carry out the necessary maintenance on your home in Spain, or if you are away from it for long periods and need someone to take care of it on your behalf, Berkeley Property Group on the Costa del Sol offer a comprehensive property management and property maintenance service along the Costa del Sol, including Fuengirola, Mijas, Riviera, Calahonda and Marbella. Berkeley Property Group can ensure your property is thoroughly supervised during your absence, for example, checking locks, windows and alarm systems. Berkeley Property Group will also check the structure of your property after particularly bad bouts of weather, and will regularly check for damp and drainage problems which may arise when a property is left unattended.

Berkeley Property Group

Tel: +34 951 778 034

Email:info@berkeleypropertygroup.com


For more information, contact us:

Berkeley Property Group Tel: +34 951 778 034 Moblie: +34 687 755 477 Email:info@berkeleypropertygroup.com

Berkeley Property Group

Tel: +34 951 778 034

Email:info@berkeleypropertygroup.com

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