Before anyone visits it’s a good idea to double check that any applicable gas, electricity and boiler checks are up to date and that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working correctly. Also, check your insurance to see if there are any instructions or restrictions that you should draw to your guests’ attention, so you don’t invalidate your cover. For example, this could include locking windows when the property is empty.
If your home is located on a complex or holiday park site, check that there are no new restrictions around allowing guests to visit following the pandemic.
If your space is usually occupied by adults only and you are considering lending it out to a family with children, take a look around and perhaps pack away any potentially hazardous or valuable items for peace of mind.
Do you need to let anyone know you will be having guests; a designated key holder, concierge or just a friend or neighbour who keeps an eye on the place for you?
With just a bit of preparation you can keep your guests safe to enjoy a welcome break and your home-from-home in great shape for the next time you visit.
Every home is different, so your guests won’t know its quirks and how yours operates. Typing up a quick guide that you can leave on the kitchen table or better still, email to them beforehand can be a great way to provide helpful information and to set some expectations about looking after your bolthole. Here are some examples:
If you own a holiday home and you’d like more information on Towergate’s cover for your property, see our dedicated holiday home insurance page or give us a call on 0345 266 8561 to speak to a specialist adviser.
We can also offer insurance for static caravans.
Alison Wild BCom (Hons), MAAT, ATT, Taxation Technician is a highly respected industry professional who has been working with and advising SMEs in areas including tax, pensions, insurance and marketing for over 25 years. She is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and Association of Tax Technicians (AAT) and also has considerable experience as a residential landlord.
Date: July 01, 2020
Category: Home and Property