Prepare Your Home for Vacation Renters

Are you fortunate enough to live in an area that attracts vacationing families? Do you have a home that is well furnished, inviting and in a good location in your area? If the answer is yes, a growing number of homeowners like yourself that are renting their homes to vacationing families. There are many upsides to renting your home to vacationing families. You’ll earn the extra cash needed to go on your dream vacation and you’ll be forced to address any deferred maintenance items.

Research existing properties for rent in your area. There are several reputable websites that list vacation properties. Get an idea of the condition of the homes via the photos and description and the rental rates requested. These homes are your competition. Look at the exterior and interior of your home with a discerning eye. Make a list of maintenance items to address. Make a list of amenities available in your home. Consider taking advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and purchasing a whole house mobile hot spot device from Straight Talk to ramp up the speed and availability of data access for your guests.

Start on the exterior of your home and tame any errant landscaping. Shrubbery should be trimmed below the height of the windows and tree branches cut at least ten feet above the ground to allow ease of passage. Re-edge beds and apply fresh pine straw or pine bark as needed. Update porch light fixture, house numbers and welcome mat. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door.

On the interior, ensure all appliances are in working order including the HVAC system. Steam-clean all floors and shine windows on the interior and exterior. Replace mattresses as needed and invest in fresh linens and pillows for guest use. Clean closets and pantries allowing ample room for guests. Declutter living areas and counter tops.

Take ample photos of the interior and exterior and upload them on the website to list your home for rent. Prepare a detailed description of your home and include your rental rates. Plan to respond quickly to inquiries as vacationers often want to secure properties on the same say they’ve viewed them. Best of luck to you!

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