Guide to repairs as a holiday let owner

Holidaymakers are already looking ahead to the Easter break and the summer months beyond.

In fact, many started planning for their staycation as early as last year, with Airbnb running a survey to uncover the destination that everyone will be flocking to in 2024. The online broker for holiday accommodation revealed that everyone’s craving some time beside the sea with Brighton and Hove topping the list. Beautiful Llanberis in Snowdonia also featured in the top 10.

As a holiday let owner, it’s likely you’re already gearing up for the season ahead. Ensuring your property is well-maintained and functional is essential for guest satisfaction and also for receiving positive reviews and repeat business.

One way to make sure you’re keeping everything in the best, safest condition, is to understand basic repair techniques. Learning some basic DIY and having the right tools to hand can help you address issues quickly and ensure your property is a welcoming space for your guests.

Checklist

Begin by creating a detailed maintenance checklist that covers all areas of your holiday let property. You’ll need to focus on the cosmetic details, such as paintwork, but it’s important that you include the essentials like plumbing, electrical systems, HVAC units, and structural integrity too.

Include tasks such as testing smoke detectors, inspecting fire extinguishers, and cleaning gutters on your checklist. To help make this easier, set out your checklist by room and job. For instance, you can focus on the boiler in the kitchen and the taps in the bathrooms.

Having a structured checklist ensures thorough inspections and reduces the likelihood of overlooking crucial maintenance tasks.

Regular inspections

Schedule regular inspections of your holiday let property to identify any maintenance issues early on. Us e your checklist to guide you through the property and check for signs of wear and tear as you go.

You’re looking for things like leaky taps, malfunctioning appliances, or damaged furniture to begin with. These are smaller jobs that you could potentially fix yourself. By focusing on minor repairs now, you can prevent them from escalating into more significant problems later on.

Basic repair tools

Invest in a basic toolkit. Choose a brand like Milwaukee for your tools so that you’re investing in high-quality tools for the repairs you need to make. You’ll need the essentials like screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, and a multipurpose utility knife. You’ll also need nails, screws, and washers. Having these to hand will mean you can make quick fixes.

Call in the experts

Kowing when to call in the contractors is also important. Establish relationships with reliable contractors and service providers in your area who specialise in various repair and maintenance tasks. For instance, while you might be able to tighten a tap by yourself, you’ll need to know a reputable plumber for larger jobs.

Having a network of trusted professionals means you can quickly address issues beyond your expertise, such as plumbing or electrical problems. Ensure your contractors are licensed, insured, and experienced in servicing holiday let properties.

Is your property in top condition? Are you ready to welcome your guests this summer?