As we approach the end of the first week of the second national lockdown, we’re thankful we can still operate as usual, which includes looking after vacant properties to ensure they are protected and not vulnerable to threats. 

2020 has been a stressful and challenging year for many of us, often in a magnitude of different ways and emotions, and worrying about property shouldn’t be one of them.  

We’re extremely passionate about looking after vacant property, as many of us have experienced or heard horror stories of issues such as water leaks that have been left undetected causing horrendous damage to property and possessions, or returning from overseas to find that the air conditioning is not working. 

Our vacant management service is designed for international clients with residential property in London that remains unoccupied for part of the year.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen an increase in enquiries, so we’ve put together our main reasons why prime properties need regular visits during periods of vacancy. 


Year round peace of mind 

Being based overseas, but owning property in London, can provide international owners with logistical challenges, particularly when problems occur. 

Our team on the ground will check that your property is secure and protected during their regular visits, taking away unnecessary worry. We’ll oversee contractors, run errands, organise (and supervise) cleaning, pay household bills and are on call for any unexpected emergencies such as power failures, or where there are security concerns such as trespassing. Our dedicated team is available around the clock in all time zones. Part of our service includes a 24/7 emergency phone number for any emergencies. 

Having regular visits in place can also reduce insurance premiums significantly.


Regular maintenance reduces costly repairs 

Ongoing, regular inspections and maintenance reduces repairs, prevents damage and lessens costs overall

Frequent maintenance also ensures that properties are kept in good working order so they aren’t affected by seasonal changes (or unexpected pandemics), especially if the property is not the main residency. It is standard practice for vacant properties to run heating and cooling systems on a reduced but steady mode – often called ‘vacancy mode’ – which keeps the property running efficiently throughout the year. This is recommended, as the effects of making drastic temperature changes to heating and cooling systems can create problems which may not always be easy to resolve. This also applies to any seasonal upkeep, such as maintenance of underfloor heating in the winter months. 


Flushing of taps regularly is essential

Flushing taps and water outlets to prevent water bacteria developing is essential if kitchens and bathrooms are not used on a regular basis. It is essential that this is completed regularly in order to avoid any bacteria build-up within pipes, which can be extremely harmful if ingested and a costly headache to eradicate.


Ready for your arrival

Arriving during the night or on the weekend? We’ll make sure your property is ready and ‘turned on’ for your arrival – this includes getting your home comforts ready, setting the heating to your preferred temperatures and stocking the fridge with your favourite items.


Personal assurance 

Giving our clients peace of mind is at the heart of everything we stand for. We know how important it is to have a responsive and attentive service that you can rely on, delivered by a team of people who understand the intricacies of estate management. We take away the hassle and stress of maintaining a home and property and look after it as if it were our own.  We ensure that each aspect is taken care of and you’ll only ever liaise with the same personnel.  


To hear more about our management services, please get in touch with one of the team, please contact us by calling +44 (0) 20 3457 2857 / +44 (0) 7904 607136 or emailing  info@somersetestates.com

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