You have a property on the Costa Blanca. Lucky you. Having a second home abroad is the dream of many and a luxury for a few. However, as with everything valuable, it needs looking after.
Have you thought? What happens if there is a water leak? What happens if there is a break in? What happens if you fly out one time and have forgotten your keys? Hopefully none of these things should ever happen but somewhere, they happen to someone every day.
Here we pick out five reasons why using a keyholding service on the Costa Blanca is a must for the holiday home owner.
Reason one: the rain in Spain
Excess water might not seem to be an issue for most of the year in Spain but, when it rains it does so with a vengeance. We’ve all walked past properties to see their underbuild swimming in water and wondered if the owners are around.
Then there is the issue of water leaks. Earth movements and pipes that have perhaps seen their better years, can lead to leaks occurring. They won’t necessarily wait until you’re around to deal with them.
In both of these cases you might very much appreciate someone having a key to let themselves in and deal with a little of the damage before you come out for your holiday.
Reason two: home improvements
Whether you have just bought your property or you are a few years down the line, you may want to make some changes to it. It might be that it needs painting or you have a little rising damp. You might also want to take a long, hard look at the recommendations on The Energy Efficiency Certificate (Certificado de Eficiencia Engergética).
Whatever the reason, it is unlikely that you will want refurbishment to be completed whilst you are out for your holidays. If you don’t have a keyholder in Torrevieja, for example, will you be willing to entrust it to your local builder?
Reason three: visitors to stay
Most people at some time welcome friends and relatives into their property in Spain. Chances are they live close enough in their home country to enable a quick exchange of keys. However, it’s not always the case. Having someone in Spain who has the keys handy can mean that there’s no need for complicated arrangements and you are sure that you keep your set for when you need them.
Reason four: unwanted intruder
We don’t want to scare you and burglaries are neither more nor less common in Spain than they are in many other parts of the world. However, it is a fact that if a property remains empty for a while then it can be vulnerable to intruders.
If it is suspected that there might have been a break in you can ask your keyholder to check it out before jumping too quickly to conclusions or booking your flight over. In some cases it might not even be necessary to travel here at all. A fact that will save you several times over the amount that a keyholding service costs for a year.
Reason five: Oh! I can’t find my keys!
We might think we are model examples of organised people who never lose important items like keys or passports or driving licences. Perhaps you don’t, but then it might not be you who is the cause. Handbags do get snatched, keys do fall out of pockets and occasionally doors shut and lock automatically with the keys on the wrong side of the door to you.
Rather than calling out a locksmith late at night, having someone with a spare set will seem like one of the best decisions you have ever made.
We could go on. You may never need a keyholding service for any of these reasons and have years of happy holiday home ownership without incident. We really hope you do.