Do You Own A Holiday Home In Crete? Read This

OK, there is an issue I have meant to address for a while now, do you own a holiday home in Crete? If yes, then there are some things I would like to bring to your attention. Many holiday homeowners in Crete are from other parts of Europe, and they only come to the island a few times a year, maybe when they have time off from work, or during summer break.

During the times when they are not on the island, they entrust the management and maintenance of their properties to people who do such jobs here on the island. The problem is, many holiday homes are neglected until the time when the owners should return to the island, that’s when the maintenance people start running around making things ready for the arrival of the owners.

Do You Own A Holiday Home In Crete? Don’t Be Too Trusting

The thing is the holiday homeowners are so trusting that they don’t bother having any kind of supervision, they send the funds believing that the property maintenance people are doing their job. I have seen some cases where swimming pools and gardens are left unattended to a point where swimming pools are filled up with frogs and become a breeding haven for mosquitoes, and the gardens are just a mess.

When it’s time for the owners to return, the swimming pools are flooded with all kinds of chemicals that make me wonder if the water is even safe for someone to swim in it. Also, that’s when the gardens are cleaned up.


If You Own A Holiday Home In Crete Don’t Be Taken Advantage Of

There must be a way for you to ensure that you are getting the kind of services you are paying for. Most holiday homeowners here in Crete pay an annual maintenance fee, which means your property should be taken care of all year round because that’s what you are paying for.

Do not let people take advantage of you, money is hard to come by, therefore, if you are spending money for your property to be taken care of, then it most definitely should be taken care of.

But Some Of The Holiday Homeowners Make It So Easy


In my opinion, some homeowners make it so easy for these maintenance people, I mean they(the homeowners) call like 2 weeks before their arrival to inform the maintenance people that they are will be arriving on such-and-such a day. That is when things start happening.

I sometimes think the homeowners should do surprise visits, that way they will get a clear picture of how their properties look like when they are not on the island. Or maybe have a friend check things out for you and send feedback to you. Honestly, it makes me so angry to see people pay for services that are not rendered.

The whole point of paying someone to take care of your property is so it can be taken care of when you are not around. When the property is not maintained despite you paying for the maintenance, in my opinion, that is theft. So make sure you are getting what you are paying for.


Owning a holiday home in Crete is an amazing thing because it means you can come to the island any time you are able to do so. Having your own home on the island means you don’t have to deal with the hustle of finding a hotel which is usually expensive during the high tourist season. This means you can just have a nice and quiet holiday anytime during the year.

That being said, owning a holiday home comes with its own challenges, and one of those challenges is people who want to take advantage of your absence. So be careful, and make sure that your property is being maintained the way you would like it to be maintained.

Well, that’s all I wanted to cover today.

Thank you for your time, and please leave your comments below, do you own a holiday home on Crete or considering owning one in the near future? let me know in the comments.


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1 comment on “Do You Own A Holiday Home In Crete? Read This

  1. Hello Rose

    Thank you for all the information you are putting out on your blog, its most helpful.
    I am looking to move to Crete I am a UK national and my wife is a German national, we are looking to retire and should be self supportive.
    My wife is younger than me and would want to work on the island.
    We are looking to buy a property and have our pensions supportive us financially, looking at the cost of living in Crete we should have enough.
    So any advice would be great.

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