Perils of the green season for unwary Phuket villa owners

 

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Phuket : Its the “green season” again in Phuket with wind and rain coming across from the Indian ocean cooling our warm humid days.

It’s a great time of the year as we “locals” get to enjoy Phuket without the throngs of tourists jamming every beach, restaurant, beach club, bar, café, mall as well as the local 7-Eleven down the road.

Actually it’s a great time and opportunity for those looking to find some “Rest ’n’ Relax” down time and to spend less of your hard-earned dollars/baht.

Not only are the hotels, motels and guesthouses offering special promotions during this time, even private villas are throwing in free meals, massages, spa treatments, airport transfers and a host of other add-ons.

The same can actually be said for the real estate business … it’s the best time of the year to view and buy a property. Being able to stroll around and feel the property out without anyone living or staying there is a big plus.

Also, sellers tend to be more flexible when it comes to negotiating during this season and transactions are done in a more relaxed tone.

Once the tough decision of which property to buy is settled, then it actually takes a few weeks or sometimes even months to complete the transaction, from appointing solicitors to perform due diligence, reviewing agreements and transferring the rights of the property at the relevant government offices.

Now that the property is bought, and assuming no property management services are in place, the new owner should promptly get someone signed up to protect the investment they have just made.

We’ve lost count of the number of new property owners in Phuket who didn’t feel the need to look after their property. After all, it’s just a holiday home; lock up the property for a couple of months until the next visit.

But when they do return, horror of horrors: a spectacular assortment of moss and fungus specimens worst than any science project is growing out of their wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, table tops and jusy about everywhere else.

The weather swing in Phuket can be vast, with temperatures going from a cool wet 26 degrees up to 42 degrees Celsius on hot sunny days.

A locked up property without proper ventilation causes the accumulated heat and moisture to roast and rot your property over time. Musty odors assail you once the doors of a locked up property are opened and this can even lead to breathing and health problems for those living in the property.

Proper, adequate ventilation is essential for all properties no matter whether it’s a sprawling seven-bedroom Phuket villa or a compact two-bedroom condominium. The property has to be allowed to breathe, whatever the season maybe.

Just having a diligent maid opening both doors & windows for ventilation very day is a big step towards maintaining your property and protecting your investment in the long run.

So what’s the problem with a little rain, it surely shouldn’t dampen anyone’s spirit. Time to get out the Wellington boots…

 

Amy Koh is Sales Manager of Engel & Voelkers Phuket. For more information visit engelvolkers.com/th

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