Free Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklists

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The dishwasher is full of dirty dishes. The beds are unmade and all linens need to be washed. The laundry detergent is close to empty. If you don’t use checklists to maintain your vacation rental, your guests are likely to encounter these kinds of problems when they first arrive.

With just a few checks in boxes, your guests are more likely to walk into a place that’s spotless — and your cleaning company knows exactly what they’re responsible for.

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ARE VACATION HOMES A GOOD INVESTMENT? NOT IF YOU FEEL GUILTY.

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It began as a dream: a second home. A place you could use for personal vacations. A home in one of your favorite locations. Maybe even a place to rent to others to cover the costs (or more). You’d enjoy the memories (and potentially the money) you’d make year-round. 

So you searched for the best places to buy a vacation rental. You crunched the numbers on a vacation rental income calculator. You talked to some people and they all agreed it was a good idea. Finally, you took the leap, purchased the property, and then…

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Vacation Rental Case Study: Cocoa Beach, FL

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Orlando couple Sean and Patricia Carpenter felt ready to start a vacation rental business in Cocoa Beach. Ideally, they’d find a house they could rent out most of the month and still have some weekends for their family. But one look at the high cost of local property managers — 40-50% in their case — was enough to make them rethink their approach. 

After all, launching a vacation rental business is already a financial commitment. Making sure you have enough bookings to cover the mortgage, furnishing and upgrading the space to make it attractive to guests, and setting rates to

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How to Hire a Vacation Rental Property Management Company

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Are you thinking about hiring a property management company to help with your vacation rental?

While there are lots of owners who handle management themselves, it’s time consuming to promote your rental, field traveler inquiries, answer questions about your property, vet potential guests, and juggle on-the-ground services like cleaning and maintenance.

If you don’t have the time or energy to manage your vacation rental yourself, you’ll want to find a qualified property manager to ensure your investment and your guests are in good hands.

Before you hire a property manager, ask these 7 questions to be sure you’re getting everything you need.

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Vacation Rental Door Locks: Keyless Entry vs. Lockbox

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The whole experience begins right here. A guest is at your door, exhausted from a long journey, hoping everything about their vacation will be easy. The first test is entering the property. Do you have the best door lock for your vacation rental? One that is both convenient and secure? You’ll find out soon enough. 

Believe it or not, something as simple as the rental lockbox or keyless lock — and how easy they make it to enter the home and get settled — can either put that guest at ease or frustrate them before they’re even inside. And for

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