Bought a property in Turkey and unsure what to do next? For most owners who have second homes here, they will only use them at maximum four weeks a year. So what happens for the other 48 weeks? Would you leave your property completely shut up until you come round next time?
The best option is to get a professional vacation rental and property manager, such TAM Property Management and EV Apartments. They will be able to offer you peace of mind when you are thousands of miles away that your property is standing safe and securely.
Here are 7 reasons to get a property manager involved in what will be one of your biggest investments:
Pay the bills
It’s an easy oversight that you lock your property up for 10 months of the years there are no bills to pay. Wrong. The property still carries house insurance, DASK earthquake insurance, council tax, annual complex payments and other minor bills that need to be paid. So the best option is to get a property manager that can handle these promptly and professionally, with little fuss and no hassle in trying to handle the language barrier.
As we have previously said, having a property manager means that are paying to have eyes on your little holiday haven – whether it’s an apartment on the tenth floor in Istanbul or a villa with a pool in Antalya. The need to have someone checking the property, ensuring there are no leaks and no burglaries is essential to a trouble-free existence.
Having someone going into the property, will also enable them to do the jobs you couldn’t do. Simply opening windows and doors to air the property and prevent damp getting a hold – particularly if they are near the sea – means you can rest assured that you won’t be greeted by peeling paint and the smell of mould on the first day of your holiday.
A property manager comes into their own when you begin to use the property as a rental generator. The manager is available to oversee tenants, their payments, any issues regarding breakages, and the general upkeep of the property and the pool, if you have one. They will also be able to manage house cleaning and other services to keep your property in tip-top condition.
The manager can also act to assess market rents, collect security deposits, and coordinating advertising of the rental properties
Representation on a complex
Buying on a complex, no matter how small, can present problems in terms of representing your views or simply staying in touch with the complex committee and their decisions.
Having a property manager enables you to find out what’s happening, any decisions affecting you and the setting of annual fees.
Pool and external maintenance
If your villa has a pool, then you may want to have someone that can set it up before you or renters arrive; ensure gardening and landscaping is done, and external paintwork are dealt with promptly.
If your property manager is professional, efficient and communicative – ie not packing up at 5pm – but is always on hand to allay any fears, issues, or provide solutions then you are on to a winner.
The best manager will always come through word of mouth or recommendation, so good hunting.