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Holiday Checklist- Tips for Property Care in Dubai

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Going on a holiday? That’s like the seasonal cycle, right? But before you jet off to paradise and soak up the cooler weather elsewhere, it’s crucial to take care of your property. You don’t want to come back to a disaster, do you? From maintenance to security, there are a few steps you need to follow. But fear not, we will guide you through it. So, let’s get this property care party started! Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring your peace of mind while you’re away. Ready? Let’s dive in! Time to be the responsible property owner that you secretly aspire to be (or not). Just kidding! Let’s do this!

Step 1: Arrange for Property Maintenance

So, you’ve decided to take a well-deserved vacation and leave Dubai behind for a little while. Good for you! But before you pack your bags and jet off, there are a few important steps you need to take to ensure the care and safety of your property while you’re away. Trust me, you don’t want to come back home to any unpleasant surprises. 

Step 1: Arrange for Property Maintenance 

First things first, you need to ensure that your property is in tip-top shape before you leave. Hire a reliable property maintenance service to take care of any repairs or maintenance tasks that need attention. After all, you wouldn’t want to be sipping margaritas on a beach while your toilet is leaking back home. Make a checklist of all the areas that need to be checked, including plumbing, electrical systems, and security measures. 

If you have a garden or outdoor space, don’t forget to include that in your maintenance plan. Trim those wild hedges and mow that lawn. You wouldn’t want your property looking like a scene from Jumanji when you return.

It is essential to get a proper & thorough cleaning service done. This will ensure you remove any exposed food or garbage from your home to prevent the growth of unpleasant mold, which you wouldn’t want to encounter upon your return. This will also help you avoid unwelcome house guests in the form of pests. Additionally, it’s important to properly clean and store any soiled or damp laundry you may have, as they can develop musty odors in your absence. The same principle applies to your kitchenware. Trained housekeeper is familiar with these aspects.

Also, make sure you have a trusted contact person who can keep an eye on your property while you’re away. This could be a neighbor, a friend, a cousin you can bribe with promises of bringing back exotic souvenirs; or you can hire services of a Housekeeping company to look after your property in your absence. Just be sure they know what to do in case of an emergency. 

Take a deep breath now. You’ve successfully checked off the first step on your list. Stay tuned for the next steps in our journey of preparing your property for your well-deserved holiday in paradise of your choice.

Step 2: Secure Your Home

Ah, the joys of going on a holiday! You’ve booked your tickets, packed your bags, and you’re ready to have some well-deserved fun. But wait, what about your property in Dubai? No worries, I’ve got you covered! Here are the steps you need to follow to ensure your property is well taken care of while you’re sipping cocktails on the beach. 

Step 2: Secure Your Home 

While you’re away, it’s important to make your home look less appealing to intruders. Start by making sure all doors and windows are locked securely. And hey, don’t forget to double-check before you leave! You don’t want any surprise visitors while you’re gone. 

Next, invest in a good security system. You know, those fancy cameras and alarms that make you feel like a spy in an action movie? Yeah, those. They not only deter intruders but also give you peace of mind knowing that your property is being looked after. Plus, you can pretend you’re in your very own James Bond movie. “Shaken, not stirred.” 

If you have any spare keys lying around, be sure to remove them from obvious places like under the doormat or that fake rock you thought was cleverly hidden. Instead, leave them with a trusted neighbor or friend or hired housekeeping services company. Just make sure they’re not the kind who would “accidentally” lock themselves in your house and have a full-on party while you’re away. 

And here’s a pro tip: make your home appear occupied. Put timers on lights and have them turn on and off at different times. Intruders will think twice if they see lights flickering and hear noises coming from your property. Maybe even play some recorded sounds of a dog barking or your loud Aunt Gertrude arguing with the TV. It’ll be like a live sitcom! 

Lastly, don’t broadcast your vacation plans on social media, unless that is part of your plan as an influencer. We all love to share our exciting moments with friends and followers, but sneaking toms love it too. So, save those vacation posts for when you’re back home and can brag about your incredible tan. 

With these security measures in place, you can enjoy your holiday without worrying about your property. Now, on to the next step! 

Step 3: Notify Neighbor and Property Management

So you’re planning to take a well-deserved vacation abroad? Good for you! But before you jet off into the sunset, there are a few things you need to take care of in order to ensure your property is in safe hands while you’re away. Let’s dive right in: 

Step 3: Notify Property Management 

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Well, in this case, you do. It’s important to establish a good relationship with your neighbors, especially when you’re leaving your property unattended for an extended period of time. 

So, why bother notifying your neighbors and property management? Well, for starters, it’s always nice to have an extra set of eyes on your place. They can keep an eye out for any suspicious activities or, heaven forbid, a rogue raccoon invasion. Plus, it’s good to have someone who can water your plants or collect your mail to make it seem like someone is home. 

But here’s the catch: you can’t rely on just anyone. Choose your neighbors wisely. You don’t want to entrust your property to the nosy neighbor who can’t resist peeking through your curtains or the one with a penchant for playing loud music at odd hours. 

Instead, find a trustworthy neighbor who understands the importance of keeping your property safe and secure. Someone you can rely on to look out for any unexpected events and report them to the property management if necessary. 

And don’t forget to exchange contact information! You’ll want to stay in touch with your neighbor throughout your vacation, just in case anything comes up. 

So, there you have it. Notifying your neighbors and property management may seem like a small step, but it can make a world of difference in keeping your property safe and secure while you frolic on the vacation. Trust me, you don’t want to come back to a surprise party thrown by squirrels in your living room. Let’s avoid that, shall we? 

If you don’t have anyone to check in on your house while you are on holiday, Dubai Police has a home security service, which is available to residents of villas. The ‘home security’ service allows villa residents to sign up and have patrol cars keep an eye on their home, when they are patrolling the neighborhood. You can apply for the service through the Dubai Police mobile application or their official website. The service is free of cost.

Now, onto the next step! But first, how about a virtual high-five for getting one step closer to property care greatness? Go you!

Step 4: Set Up Timer or Automation Systems

So, you’re planning to jet off to a vacation in Dubai, leaving behind your beloved property? Well, lucky you! But hold on, before you let your excitement reach its peak, let’s talk about the not-so-exciting task of property care before you leave. 

Step 4: Set Up Timer or Automation Systems 

Now, I know what you’re thinking – why bother setting up timers or automation systems when you can just trust your home to magically take care of itself? But let me burst your bubble. Unless you’ve cast a spell to make your home come alive like in those animated movies, you’ll need a little help. 

Here’s why setting up timers or automation systems is a must: 

  1. Fool the intruder: With timers turning the lights on and off, and curtains opening and closing automatically, you’ll make your home appear occupied even when you’re soaking up the sun on a beach in Dubai. Bye-bye, burglars! 
  2. Energy efficiency: Who wants to waste precious energy when you’re not even there to enjoy it? By automating lights and other electrical devices, you can save some bucks on your energy bill and lower your carbon footprint. Mother Earth will thank you. 
  3. Protect from moisture: Dubai weather brings humidity to a peak at times. High humidity over 60% can encourage mold and mildew, and damage furniture, wallpaper, paintwork, floors, and brickwork. With automation, you are in better control.
  4. Control at your fingertips: Thanks to smart home technology, you can now control your home from the palm of your hand. Forgot to turn off the coffee machine? No worries, just whip out your phone and do it remotely. It’s like having a superpower! 

So, my fellow vacation enthusiast, go ahead and set up those timers or automation systems. Your property will thank you, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home is in good hands (or rather, good timers). Now, let’s move on to the next step before we dive deeper into this property care adventure! (And don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!)

Step 5: Protect Your Valuables

Protecting your valuables is of utmost importance when leaving your property unattended during holidays. You don’t want to come back and find your prized possessions missing, do you? So, here are some key steps to ensure the safety and security of your valuables: 

  1. Lock up: This may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised how many people forget to lock their doors and windows. So, before you head out for your vacation, make sure to double-check that all windows, doors, and any other entry points are securely locked. It’s like giving your valuables a big, warm hug of protection. 
  2. Hide your treasures: While you may have a hidden talent for being a fantastic host, don’t showcase your valuables to any potential intruders who might be snooping around. Keep your expensive jewelry, electronics, and other valuable items out of sight. Consider using a safe or a secure hiding spot that only you know about. Think of it as a secret treasure hunt, but you’re the only one who can find the prize. 
  3. Fake it like you’ve made it: A little deception never hurts when it comes to protecting your valuables. Leave some decoy items, like fake jewelry or an old laptop, in plain sight. That way, if someone does break in, they might think they’ve hit the jackpot while your real valuables remain hidden and safe. 
  4. Keep it hush-hush: Avoid broadcasting your holiday plans to the world. Resist the urge to post every detail about your trip on social media. Remember, not everyone on your friends list is actually your friend. You wouldn’t want a potential sneaker to know that your home is ripe for the picking. 
  5. Friends to the rescue: Enlist the help of a trustworthy friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your property. They can collect your mail, water your plants, and create the illusion that someone is still home. You could hire service from a housekeeping company to drop by, ventilate & check on the property, and water the plants etc. By following these simple steps, you can rest easy knowing that your valuables are protected while you’re off gallivanting on your well-deserved holiday. So go ahead, have fun, and leave burglars scratching their heads in confusion. Happy travels!

Pro Tip: Pay your utilities, put subscriptions on hold where necessary, turn off unwanted devices & check your credit card limits and payments etc

Step 6: Take Care of Your Outdoor Space

So, you’re planning to leave Dubai for a well-deserved holiday. Have you thought about your outdoor space? Don’t neglect it, or you might come back to a jungle instead of a garden. Trust me, it’s not a good look. 

Step 6: Take Care of Your Outdoor Space 

Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “Why is taking care of my outdoor space even important? It’s just a bunch of plants and maybe a few patio chairs.” Well, my friend, let me enlighten you. Your outdoor space is like the first impression of your home. And we all know how important first impressions are, don’t we? 

First things first, make sure to water your plants before you leave. You don’t want them to wither away and become the saddest plants in Dubai. Consider setting up an automatic irrigation system or asking a neighbor to give them a drink if you’re feeling extra generous. Oh, and don’t forget to prune those unruly branches and pesky weeds. Nobody likes a wild jungle masquerading as a garden. 

Next up, secure any loose items that might fly away during a Sandstorm. Dubai is known for some epic sandstorms, and you don’t want to come home to find your patio umbrella chilling on top of your neighbor’s rooftop. So tie things down, lock them up, or just bring them inside if you can. It’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Lastly, protect your outdoor furniture from extreme temperatures and dust. Cover them up with some good quality waterproof covers. Trust me, your furniture will thank you, and it’ll look as good as new when you return. 

So there you have it. Follow these simple steps, and your outdoor space will be in tip-top shape when you return from your holiday. Just imagine lounging on your pristine patio, sipping a refreshing beverage, and basking in the envy of your neighbors. Ah, the good life! 

Now, let’s move on to the next step because we’re on a mission to make sure your property is in the best hands while you’re away. Stay tuned!

Pro Tip: Assigning a housekeeping cleaning company can execute your plan while you are away. From maintaining the property clean, watering the plant, feeding & walking your pet, cleaning the litter, reporting if anything needs your attention. The cherry on the top, they can do the deep cleaning exactly before you arrive from your holidays & enter a clean, fresh smelling abode. Contact us to get your tailor-made plan.

Step 7: Taking care of pets

It’s crucial to ensure that your pets are well taken care of while you’re away. There are a few options available to you: you can either ask a friend to be a pet sitter from a maid service company to visit your home or have your friend take care of your pet at their place, or you can opt for a kennel or cattery. Alternatively, you can seek advice from your veterinarian or friends for other suitable options.

 

If you decide to rely on a friend, make sure you provide them with an ample supply of food and necessary care items for your pet during your absence. Alternatively, you can give them enough money to cover these expenses.

Conclusion

As you prepare for your well-deserved holiday, the last thing you want is to worry about the safety and care of your property. Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can ensure that your home remains in good condition while you relax on holidays & explore the world. By following these steps, you can enjoy your holidays without worrying about the well-being of your property. Proper maintenance, security measures, communication with neighbors, and hiring a housekeeping company to take care of your home will ensure a worry-free vacation. So go ahead and soak up the sun, explore the city, and create beautiful memories, knowing that your property is in good hands. Happy holidays!

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