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Keeping on top of maintenance basics for your pool can go a long way in helping to save money long term.

As part of the whole standard of preventive maintenance, think of pool maintenance as a way to stay up to date with health and safety protocols, maintain your property in good working order and most of all save on costs for big-ticket repairs.

Ensuring this asset is well maintained, serviced, and routinely checked is the best way to keep the value and quality of your property as high as possible.

When it comes to your pool, there are a few key boxes that need to be ticked off to ensure that it will be in good shape for as long as possible.

Filters – make sure your pool filters are always working. They should capture any unwanted debris in your pool. Everything from small pool toys to leaves and insects that have fallen into the water will be caught by your filters.

Monitor your pool level! Excessive rain can cause the water level to rise, as well as change the ph balance of your pool. A drop in the ph level of your pool is an easy indicator to make some checks and ensure that your pool is not leaking.

Always be aware of your chemical levels – these are a key factor for the health and longevity of your pool and pool water. The right levels will not only make the pool water look bright and inviting but will prevent harmful bacteria from breeding. Make yourself familiar with the amount of chlorine your pool will need.

A quick skim of your pool’s surface will help keep it looking clean and fresh, as well as assist the filters from having to do all the work!

Brushing your pool regularly will remove debris and algae as well as improves the efficiency of the products you are using.

 

Tips from Kerry Beckles, Pool Maintenance Technician of Pool Creations

“To keep your pool looking good and extend its life, you need to ensure the chemicals are at the right level at all times. Ideally 3.0 or slightly higher”

“The ph needs to be 7.6, check it often!”

Every 1 – 2 months, he suggests adding an algaecide to the pool and monitoring it

“Your pool should be thoroughly vacuumed once or twice a week depending on the size of it”

 

Be aware of what is immediately surrounding your pool area!

Hurricane and rainy season can wreak havoc on your pool. Debris from trees, excessive rainwater, and salt breeze can heavily affect the balance of your pool, so it makes sense to ensure the area around your pool is kept as tidy as possible to eliminate the chances of leaves and even patio furniture ending up in the pool!

After high winds and bad weather, pool area furniture often ends up at the bottom of the pool! This not only causes a change in your levels, but scratches to expensive finishes, and chipped tiles. Prevent this easily by packing away anything that can be blown into the pool during a storm or high winds.

It’s a good idea to have your pump area or pump room serviced annually by a professional. A check of sensors gauges pressure metres to ensure they are doing their job is a must. Think of your pump room as the heart of your pool and your filter as the kidneys!

Of course, you want your pool in tip-top shape at all times but do a quick check to ensure that swimming is safe for everyone. Our hot climate and humidity cause so many things to have a short life span.

Check your safety rings regularly to see that they are of good quality should they be needed to save a life! Always have it in a spot that is easily visible and easy to access if someone needs it in an emergency.

If you’ve been hearing great things about the team at Blue Sky Luxury and you may be thinking about listing your villa with us for property management services in Barbados, let’s chat. As a busy individual, you may not have the team to keep track of ph and chemical levels, but we do. We have a large client list of on and off-island owners and would be happy to share a referral with you or you can contact us for a free Property Management consultation. Leave the preventative maintenance to us while you do what you love.

 

Stay in touch, we love to hear from you!

Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

Toll Free US/CND: 1 866 404 9600

Email: experts@blueskyluxury.com

 

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Finding the right Property Management Software Solution

The need for companies to embrace technology is becoming more and more important. Property Managers must have the ability to work remotely as the demands of the job require them to be out of an office regularly. The restrictions put in place by Government during the COVID-19 pandemic have brought this need to the fore. After completing the research and testing, Blue Sky Luxury has fully invested in a web-based property management software solution.

 

 

Why invest in a Property Management Software Solution?

Blue Sky Luxury recognizes the benefits of having information about each of the property located in one centralised place. It is a much more efficient way to store and access information.  Everything from owner contracts, leases, inventory lists and owner contact details can be stored here.

Each home under our management is added to the software, where preventative maintenance schedules and routine inspections are set up and scheduled.  Any issues noticed while doing routine checks by the Property Manager are logged as work orders. These work orders will then be assigned to various contractors or on-site staff. The job is then monitored and tracked during the resolution process through to completion.  The logging of these issues is done immediately at the property, as this software is coupled with a mobile app for both iPhone and Android devices. This makes it easy for Property Managers to submit work orders on the spot.  Digital photos can also be attached to these work orders for reference.  All corrective and preventative maintenance is captured and as the work progresses, updates are added as well as photos if needed (all digitally time-stamped).  Vendor profiles are set up so that they can be assigned to each work order and this can be tracked as well.  Quotes and other documents can be saved, and various reports are available to track to the completion of any work. This ranges from pending, active and closed work orders in progress at any property, at any point in time.

As a reference, checklists have been generated in the software system. These include health & safety checks, guest/owner arrival preparation, hurricane preparedness and COVID-19 cleaning and sanitising checks.  Once submitted in the app, the checklist is stored (date and time stamped) for reference and any corrective action to be taken is logged as a work order.  This has become even more important with the newly implemented protocols by the Government regarding COVID-19 and the requirements for sanitising and cleaning measures that have to be followed and completed.  These checklists are also saved for audit purposes.

The coordination required to ensure that all information is always live can be very time-intensive. Having a solution that allows the Property Manager to assess issues at a holiday rental home is very important. A Property Manager or an owner may need to be able to:

This avoids the possibility of bookings being taken while the property is ‘out of commission’.

Work orders (service records) will be maintained for reference and can be used to support forecasting maintenance expenses and plan for fixed asset replacements.  Since the software has now become a ‘home’ for all information and records regarding property-related repairs and preventative maintenance, it is a much more efficient way to report to an owner on what is happening at their property.

Contact us today for more information on what we can do to partner with you to ensure your property is looked after the way you want it to be.

management@blueskyluxury.com

 

Stay in touch, we love to hear from you!

Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

Toll Free US/CND: 1 866 404 9600

Email: experts@blueskyluxury.com

 

Go back to our website

Find a villa here

We know that the world is in a unique place right now and a lot of people have been affected by the COVID-19 situation in different ways. We wanted to reach out to all of you and bring you in on our journey of how we are responding to these times. 
 
The wellbeing of our community, staff, and guests is our top priority.  Every decision we make, from the way we maintain and uphold our health and safety initiatives, all the way down to the type of content we post on our social media channels will begin and end with the safety of you and our team. 
It makes us so sad that you cannot be here to experience our beautiful island at this time, so we are going to do everything we can to bring our vibrant Barbadian culture to your homes, wherever that may be. 
 
As a brand, we want our social media channel over the next few weeks to be your very own piece of Barbados. A small sanctuary of Bajan positivity and happiness in such challenging times. 
Look out for everything from sounds of Barbados to Bajan recipes that you can enjoy from your home. Little things to keep your mind off of everything.
Sending sunny wishes and abundance of health and safety from our island to you and we can’t wait to see you in person when this is all over.
 
xo
Your friends at Blue Sky Luxury

 

Getting Here

Barbados is very easily reachable from most countries in the world. The Grantley Adams International Airport offers direct links to a variety of markets, and several major hub destinations. The frequency of international flights ensures that you can  travel with ease. Popular airlines like Jet Blue with the addition of their premium flight option complements British carriers. The recent addition of a direct flight from Panama to Barbados was a historic partnership for the island. The island also features many additional seasonal routes to the UK and Europe during the peak season.

Choice of Accommodation

The range of accommodation on offer in Barbados has something for everyone. From luxury hotels to the more budget conscious offerings with value as a priority, travellers can choose their ideal holiday experience. A growing number of hotels are offering all-inclusive options with the completion of planned branded hotels, the options in this segment would be further enhanced. Complementing this range of hotels is a diverse range of vacation rental properties, with on-island providers – like our sister company Blue Sky Luxury – offering several staffed and managed homes and private estates, and modern beachfront apartments. Online marketplaces round out the choice of offerings to ensure that there is truly something for everyone. It’s no wonder Barbados has the highest repeat visitor percentage in the region at 39%.

Transport & Infrastructure
The paved road network along with the island’s relatively flat terrain and extensive public transport, make Barbados’ infrastructure one of the best in the region. The ABC Highway stands out as a vital route from the airport to the west coast and points along the south coast. The island’s modern telecoms options ensure that visitors are never out of touch with their home base. This extends to the island-wide cellular offering which facilitates the use of navigation apps which makes travel around the island easier.

Things to Do

When it comes to sun, sea, and sand, the Caribbean as a region offers this in abundance, and while Barbados is regularly recognised for having some of the region’s best beaches, there is so much more on offer to visitors and residents. These include: Bushy Park Barbados, the only Grade 3 FIA racing circuit in the Caribbean; the Garrison Savannah, a six-furlong grass horse-racing course which hosts the Barbados Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious thoroughbred classic horse race events in the Eastern Caribbean; a variety of polo fields which host several tournaments with international teams competing during the January to May season, and golf courses ranging from the affordable to the exclusive and many in between, several designed by internationally renowned course architects. Once the sun goes down, Barbados continues to shine, with world class restaurants and nightlife that include international hospitality brands like Nikki Beach.