Tips for Preparing Your Vacation Home for Rental

Do you have a vacation home that you would like to begin renting out to vacationers? This is an excellent way to have tourists help you offset the cost of owning a vacation home. Here are multiple steps that need to be taken in order to ensure that your home is ready for vacationers and you’re able to command top dollar in your specific rental market. Take the advice of these professional real estate agents to begin the process. To get started, begin looking online for vacation homes to rent in the same area as your vacation home.  What are the features and amenities offered? How well are the homes appointed and decorated? Do the homes with the best locations and updated interiors command the highest rental dollar?  This process will allow you to understand the vacation rental market in your area.

Start preparing your home for vacationers by addressing any deferred maintenance issues. Ensure that the landscaping is fresh and well-tended. Update the exterior light fixture, house numbers and welcome mat as needed. On the interior, give each of the rooms a fresh coat of paint and see that the carpeting is either steam cleaned or replaced as necessary.  The bathrooms and kitchen should sparkle.  Invest in new linens for the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Your tenants will certainly appreciate this. Take stock of the items in your kitchen and discard any overly worn or used items.  Take advantage of the deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from one of the many fire extinguishers available at Grainger and install one in the kitchen area. You must also notify your homeowner’s insurance carrier that you are renting the property to vacationers. This will change the terms of your existing policy.

Finally, select a website on which to market your property or select a real estate rental agency in the community. Take plenty of photos of the interior and exterior for posting on the website. Prepare a full description of the property’s interior and exterior as well as amenities and area features. Good luck with the rental of your vacation home!

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