Once you’ve decided to rent out your vacation home, you’ll need to prepare your home for future renters — your customers — to enjoy. This is a little different from furnishing your home for your own use, but the process is simple. Here are the main things to keep in mind:
1. Make your home comfortable and livable.
Add and remove items to make your home as comfortable as possible. Reduce clutter. Take out any furniture or objects that don’t add to the vacation experience for your renters. Make sure there is comfortable seating and good lighting wherever it’s needed.
2. Remove your personal items.
It’s your vacation home, but when guests are staying there, it’s safest to remove anything that’s precious and personal to you. While most renters will be honorable and trustworthy, it’s best to plan ahead for the worst-case scenario—and accidental damage can happen with the best of renters. Make sure that everything in your rental vacation home is replaceable, and nothing there holds your personal information.
3. Stock your rental home with the basics.
Your renters will expect to have bedding, towels, dishes, and cookware ready to use. A good rule of thumb is to have two of every item for each guest your rental home sleeps. For example, if your home sleeps four, you’ll want eight bath towels, plates, bowls, mugs, and glasses. Provide plenty of hand towels and washcloths, and two sets of linens for every bed. Also make sure your home has basic electronics in good working order, including a good television set, DVD player, stereo, and coffee maker.
4. Find reliable local property management services.
Listing and leasing your vacation home is only part of the process. You’ll need local services to inspect your home and take care of maintenance and repairs, cleaning, and any housekeeping services you’d like to offer your renters during their stay. If you need help finding these services near your rental property, just let us know. We’ll put you in touch with a company from our network of vetted local service providers.