Summer is just around the corner, and if you have a vacation rental property, then you have that much more to look forward to. However, before you gather up the family and hit the road, there are a few things you should ensure are taken care of before arriving at your rental. The following includes five tips to keep in mind in order to get your vacation rental property ready for the summer.
- Deep Clean Your Vacation Rental Property
Even if precautions were taken before you left the rental property last summer, the fact is that it’s been sitting there for months. Small pests and other critters may have entered the home at some point, and thus the first tip on this list is to ensure that a deep cleaning occurs before anyone arrives. This can be done by either yourself or through a professional cleaning service. The best carpet cleaning services recommend that you clean your carpets twice a year.
- Replace Your Linens
As stated above, having a home sit alone for many months can lead to issues such as pests crawling on your furniture, linens, and so on. That is why it is recommended to replace your linens before the family arrives. Even if pests are not present, they could have deteriorated due to a lack of airflow as most properties won’t have their A/C units on when nobody is within the home.
- Take a Walkthrough of the Property
If you have not been to the property in months, it is important to take a walkthrough of the property. This is especially important if you are renting the property and thus need documented proof that certain problems existed before your arrival. After all, the last thing you want is a bill for damages that were already there at the beginning of your stay.
- Replace/Repair Outdoor Furniture
Half of the fun you will have this summer will involve late nights with the family on your porch. That is why you want to make sure that your outdoor furniture is in good condition and can last you throughout the summer. Fortunately, this can be easily accomplished by doing some DIY work, such as replacing old seating pads or giving your furniture a fresh coat of paint.
- Go Green!
One of the most common challenges of a vacation property during the summer is that it can use a lot of energy. Everything from lighting to the use of your air conditioner can really push up those energy bills. Going green with products such as longer-lasting lightbulbs and temperature-controlled A/C units can greatly reduce the energy being used throughout your stay.
As you can see from the information above, there are several things you can do to get your vacation rental property ready for the summer. Simply go one by one and begin implementing them into your own property.