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Touch of Spice, recognised as New Zealand's leading
luxury tourism company and private villa specialist,
has expanded to create a stand-alone property
management company under the joint ownership of
Jacqui Spice and Bridget and Aaron Murphy.
Owner and CEO Jacqui Spice says the Touch of Spice
Property Management company has been formed
due to the increasing growth of the Touch of Spice
Private Villa Collection.
"The Touch of Spice Property Management company
is vital to our continued success as the leaders in
the luxury villa market and Aaron and Bridget are
undoubtedly the best team to help me develop and
grow this area of the business."
While Jacqui will be actively involved in the strategic
growth of the property management company she
says the new partnership enables her to focus on
driving the sales and customer service side of the
Touch of Spice Private Villa Collection as well as other
significant areas of the overall operation.
"This new partnership means we can continue to grow
and offer complete care and full accountability for the
accommodation sales, villa marketing, management,
cleaning, home maintenance and accounting of our
private villa portfolio. There's no other company in
Queenstown that can do this or match our level of
bookings, service and attention to detail."
Bridget and Aaron Murphy see themselves as
"passionate property investors looking after
passionate property investors". With an impressive
ten year background in the luxury tourism industry
their attention to detail and professionalism is
unrivalled and matches the high bar set by the Touch
of Spice team.
Before moving to Queenstown the couple managed
the five-star Yasawa Island Resort and Spa - an
18-bure luxury resort in Fiji. They were also joint
general managers for over five years at Australia's
Orpheus Island Resort and were responsible for
all aspects involved in running a successful resort
including guest services, maintenance and quality
In Queenstown Aaron held the position of assistant
resort manager at Matakauri Lodge while Bridget was
general manager at Element Escapes Queenstown,
both five-star boutique properties.
"Having experience in managing properties in
Queenstown is an advantage to both Bridget and
myself as the weather conditions can be so extreme
here that you need to understand what to keep an
eye out for in a property before a problem hits,"
"We believe managing properties
internationally in remote locations has also made us
very resourceful and practical."
TOUCH OF SPICE
TOUCH OF SPICE PROPERTY
MANAGEMENT WINTER TIPS
Insurance - If your property is unoccupied for
more than 60 days it is likely your insurance
policy will cease to provide cover. This can be
a major issue for short term rental properties
and means if your house suffers a major loss
on the 61st day your claim could be declined
under the occupancy condition. Touch of Spice
Property Management can provide fortnightly
or monthly property checks while you are
away from Queenstown and report these
details back to your insurance broker to make
sure you are covered.
Guttering and down pipes - Queenstown's
winter conditions can damage guttering and
down pipes causing them to become blocked
with leaves and debris or worst case scenario
they break. It is vital if you want to avoid an
emergency repair to have guttering and down
pipes inspected, cleared and repaired annually
by a tradesman. As your property managers
Touch of Spice makes sure this happens a
month before winter arrives.
Wood Burners - If your property has a wood
burner it's important to have it swept/ cleaned
every year. Most insurance policies insist on
this condition otherwise you risk your policy
being void if fire damages your home. Touch
of Spice Property Management can ensure
cleaning is done before winter sets in.
Heat pump servicing & gas central
heating - Have all heating inspected before
winter to ensure everything is clean and
working correctly as per the manufactures
specifications. Touch of Spice Property
Management can organise this service so you
are not left out in the cold!
Water mains - Touch of Spice will be
responsible for turning off and managing your
mains, if you are away for an extended period,
to ensure water freezing temperatures don't
cause pipes on your property to burst. If you
choose to look after it yourself make sure that
after the mains are turned off you open up all
the faucets in the house and let the water drain
out. Before you turn the mains back on ensure
all faucets are closed.
Jacqui Spice, Bridget and Aaron Murphy
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