House Checks & Property Maintenance in France

I offer a monthly house checking service for clients with second homes in the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne, which provides peace of mind while you are away.

This keyholding service gives you one point of contact to ensure your home is safe and waiting ready for your next visit.

The House Checks

  • security checks involve a full inspection inside the house and outside, checking all windows, shutters and doors and making sure that there are no signs of leaks or power cuts.
  • checks are made for any signs of damage to the property (important after storms, severe frosts and prolonged periods of heavy rain).
  • if you have any special requirements such as switching on the fridge or turning up the heating at the next monthly check date, this is no problem.

Reporting back

  • I e-mail a report to you every month, with photographs if you wish.

Mail forwarding

  • mail can be checked and forwarded to you on a monthly basis or scanned and sent on.

Repairs and maintenance

  • arranging repairs by reliable tradesmen at your instruction
  • organising maintenance contracts
  • liaising with artisans, ensuring the work is completed and reporting back

Awaiting deliveries and tradesman (extra charge for time involved)

  • waiting at the property for deliveries e.g. from Ikea, removal companies, etc
  • meeting tradesman such as EDF to carry out installations and connections.

Preparing for visits (extra charge for time involved)

  • opening up the house for the season
  • supervision of changeovers (if you are renting) or cleaners
  • shopping and filling the fridge
  • recommending cleaners, pool maintenance experts and gardeners to take care of your house
  • ordering wood and oil deliveries for the winter season