If you’re the owner of a vacation rental property, then it’s your goal to ensure that you have people wanting to rent your property on a consistent basis. You also want people to keep renting your property because they were happy with it.
That being said, here are three things to do when preparing your vacation rental.
A. Make sure that the home is livable
Earning an extra income is one of many reasons to invest in a summer home, but you will want to guarantee that you will see a return on your investment. That means making sure that renters will actually want to rent your home.
With that being said, the most important thing is that the home is actually livable. This means that the home should be free of clutter and it should also have all of the basic amenities for living comfortably.
1. Basic Amenities
- Water source (including a sink and toilet)
- Power source (for electricity and cooking)
- Ventilation (including heating and air conditioning)
It is possible for some vacation rentals to lack certain amenities, but this should be included in the listing. However, the typical vacation rental should have all basic amenities, as this is what many people expect when renting for a typical vacation.
It is also important to ensure that all appliances are working properly before a new tenant temporarily moves in.
2. Cleaning the Property
The cleanliness of a rental property should not stop at being clutter-free. It should also be cleaned often, especially between renters. Cleaning your rental property can be done by a professional cleaning service or yourself.
Just keep in mind that a professional cleaning service will be more thorough, but that does not mean that you can’t be thorough yourself.
In addition to the normal dusting, vacuuming/sweeping, and mopping, don’t forget things like cleaning the windows and replacing the air conditioning filters between renters.
B. Make sure that the home is presentable
A clean and livable vacation rental is a great start, but now it’s time to attract potential renters. When listing your vacation rental, you will want to make sure that the renters will choose your place.
Most listing sites allow you to post pictures along with your listings, as it is a good way for potential renters to see what type of property they are getting. This might mean that there may be some D.I.Y. projects involved, but it doesn’t have to be anything too dramatic.
A simple paint job is a great and inexpensive way to brighten up any room in your rental property. Painting is also a good way to add dimension to a room. You can add accent walls and patterns to any room to give it a different look and feel.
Painting a home’s interior doesn’t have to be a difficult task, and can easily be done without a professional painter.
Furnishing your vacation rental doesn’t have to break the bank. Of course, you want your basic pieces of furniture, but they don’t have to be the most expensive pieces.
They do, however, have to be comfortable. Basic pieces of furniture include:
- Beds, a nightstand, and a dresser for all bedrooms.
- A sofa/some type of seating and coffee table for the living room(s).
- A table and chairs for the kitchen/dining room.
This list doesn’t include appliances.
C. Make sure that the home is pest-free.
Pests are any unwanted creatures that may find themselves in homes from time to time. Certain parts of the country (and world) are more prone to certain types of pests than others, and it is important to make sure that your vacation rental is free of all types of pests.
Residential exterminators help to make sure that your property is pest-free.