Property management services in France
If you own a holiday property in France and want to generate rental income, it’s a good idea to use local support that can assist in case of emergency or for a property visit. Using property management services in France from a local business you trust can be priceless.
If you are not living at the property daily, how do you manage it remotely? How can you be confident you will return to your holiday home in the same condition you left it? Even if you live there all year round, there may be times when you need help with jobs you can’t finish off yourself. Or perhaps you’re looking for a company that can take the hassle out of the entire management of your property. Or indeed your properties, if you own more than one and need a helping hand.
What services does a property management company offer?
A property management company in France can offer many services, almost anything for some of them. From key holding services and holiday changeovers to gardening services or total property management. Some will assist if your property needs renovation or requires building work, with planning consent, sourcing artisans and overseeing the work.
We have listed below the main services associated with the management of a property in France, for rental, investors and international buyers.
Key-holding and security checks
In case of emergency or when you need to give access, it is helpful to have a person have access to your property. Having a local trusted contact who can provide key-holding and security checks can provide peace of mind when you’re away.
Cleaning and holiday changeovers
Renting your property creates a multitude of tasks such as check-in/out, cleaning, laundering, and being on-call. Is everything ready on arrival? Is your property the same as the images you show on the internet?
Holiday changeover services will usually consist of cleaning, laundering linen, hamper provision, sourcing additional local facilities, and sometimes a personal ‘meet and greet’.
Caretaking and property maintenance
Performing a few simple monthly maintenance tasks on your holiday home can prevent costly repairs later. If identified early, most of these jobs are straight-forward and should be supplied at a reasonable cost.
Note that property owners in France have some legal responsibilities when it comes to maintaining their properties. For example, keeping any fire-hazardous undergrowth around a property tidy, septic tank maintenance and the safe disposal of wastewater.
Swimming pool management
Typically, swimming pool management services will include filter cleaning, adjusting chemical levels, hoovering up debris, winterising, etc. Other specialist companies will take care of liner replacement or a new swimming pool.
General maintenance services
This general maintenance list could potentially be very long, as there are so many jobs to do all year around. Some examples of service supplied include spring cleaning, gutter clearance, pressure washing of terraces, chimney sweeping, service contracts for boilers …
Gardening services in France
If you don’t visit your property regularly, you will need to ask someone nearby to check and report on the garden and the environment, especially for fire hazards. Gardening services supplied are grass mowing, weeding, leaf collection, hedge trimming, tree felling, patio laying and landscaping.
Guest booking management
As well as applying change-over services, some companies offer a full booking/reservation management service from A to Z. They take care of all aspects, including bookings, managing the rental calendar, organising the meeting, and greeting guests when they arrive.
Administrative assistance in France
Setting up a gîte complex or a wedding venue, planning a family move, or renovating a French chateau from scratch? It may be worth considering taking up a project manager to guide you through the complete project.
Luxury Concierge Services in France
What is concierge service?
Historically, in 19th-century apartments in Paris, the concierge lived in a small apartment (la loge) on-site, allowing him to keep tabs on all activity and movements in the building. Nowadays, a modern concierge may serve as a local PA, or a lifestyle manager, like having a secretary.
Luxury concierge service
Luxury Services take the Concierge experience to a whole new level, from booking management on your behalf all the way up to luxury concierge and travel services, particularly on the Riviera and in Paris.
Some may offer personal shopping for busy clients lacking ideas or the wish to explore shopping centres. They can help with sourcing a wide range of services and products at all prices.