Tips for Preparing Your Home for Vacation Rental

Is your home located near a beach, the mountains or in a desirable resort area? It’s become increasingly popular for homeowners to rent their properties to vacationing families and earn a little extra money for vacations of their own!  Follow these suggestions from the vacation rental experts to ensure you have a successful experience renting your home to vacationing families.

Research the available properties in your area using several reputable websites. Take note of the condition, amenities and price to gauge the best way to position your property. Location, condition and price are the key factors prospective renters are considering. Tale a hard look at the interior and exterior of your home. Update your landscaping and attend to any differed maintenance issues on the exterior. A fresh coat of paint on the front door and shutters as well as a planter of seasonal flowers on the porch will go a long way in ramping up the curb appeal.  On the interior, every room and surface should be immaculate. Hire professional cleaners if necessary. Limit accessories to give the rooms an open, uncluttered feel. Flooring should be steam cleaned and carpets replaced as needed. Address any issues on upholstery and ensure mattresses are in excellent condition. Invest in a set of hotel quality bedding for each of the bedrooms.

Prior to listing the property, take multiple photos of each room as well as the exterior. Prepare content which highlights room configuration, amenities as well as area attractions. Direct prospective renters to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and flight options available through They’ll appreciate the extra effort!

Finally, select several websites on which to list the property. Ensure that the rent is competitive with other similar properties on the market in your area. Be prepared to respond to inquiries from prospective renters in a timely fashion. Keep the online calendar up to date. Contact your insurance agent to determine if additional coverage is necessary to cover any unexpected accidents caused by renters. Best of luck to you!