Caretaking & Keyholding

As a property owner in France, there may be times when you are not at the property and jobs need to be done or checks need to be made. Whether you are a second homeowner with a private residence, own a property you rent out for holiday accommodation or own a vacant property, we aim to tailor our key holding and caretaking services to your exact needs.

For a nominal fee, we hold a key for your property for your specified duration on a contractual basis and make regular checks of the property and grounds. In the event that, during your absence, there are any problems with your property, or access is required by utility companies, artisans or suchlike, we can meet them at the property as necessary. This can be particularly useful if you are away from your property for a long time, or have a vacant property that you are selling or renovating.

The main benefit of this is peace of mind for owners when they are miles away from their property. Knowing that there is someone who can check everything is secure and as expected on a regular basis, and also someone that can deal with any issues that may crop up during such checks. We pride ourselves on an efficient, affordable and thorough service and care for our clients’ properties as if they were our own. We are able to deal with a majority of issues ourselves, but also have a network of other professionals whom we can call upon if their expertise is required for more specific tasks. We have dealt with all manner of occurrences at clients’ houses from bug infestations to water leaks, internet problems to replacing car batteries, repairing storm damage to posting forgotten items back to the UK, and the more common tasks such as taking deliveries, arranging for chimney sweeps and checking post.

In addition to the caretaking aspect, if you, family, or friends are due to stay at the property, we can visit in advance to prepare for guest arrival and ensure that everything is in good order and ready for their stay. For example- cleaning, changing bed linen, opening the shutters, airing the property, turning on the heating, mowing the lawn or getting the shopping in. We can even have dinner and a chilled bottle of wine ready when you arrive! All of this will ensure you can be relaxed from the minute you turn up without those niggling jobs playing on your mind!

Our services are completely bespoke to each and every keyholding client and they can call upon any of our services as and when necessary, be this planned ahead or short notice, in order to help them best manage their property. 

Below is a suggestive, but not exhaustive, list of services we offer- many of which also fall under our Garden Maintenance and Property Maintenance services. Please Contact Us to discuss your requirements in more detail.

  • Security Checks & Vacant Winter Visits (also including visits following severe weather)
  • Acceptance of Deliveries, Collection & Forwarding of Post
  • Emergency Call Outs, Alarm Response & Emergency Contact (for guests, utilities etc)
  • Meter Readings & Access for Utility Companies, Artisans etc
  • Preparation for arrival of yourself or private guests
  • Interior & Exterior Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Garden Maintenance & Lawn Mowing
  • Preparation of Pools & Pool Areas
  • Pre-arrival Shopping & Catering
  • Property Viewings & Access for Immobiliers (for houses for sale/ to rent etc)
  • Lost key replacement or any other authorised access to the property as required

Please note that as standard we do not offer ‘commercial’ changeovers within our services (i.e for paying guests to gites or rental properties). However, if a short term arrangement, or as a secondary keyholder or service provider in the absence of your usual provider this is something we are happy to consider.

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