With the rental season just around the corner, it’s time to start getting your vacation rental ready. Here are a few tips for sprucing up your rental before guests arrive.
Give your home a deep cleaning
Repaint or do some touchups
You might not need to paint the entire house, just the most used and/or visible areas (living room, entry way, or kitchen.) You can do this yourself or choose one of the painting companies from our Home Services Directory.
Update your technology
Replace old TVs with flat-screen smart ones. Make your home a “smart home” with technological advances like digital locks and security systems, noise detector, climate control, etc. Read more about Technology Advances for your Home.
Jazz up some blank walls
An inexpensive option is to take some scenic photographs around the Cape or Islands, get them printed locally, buy some frames from a craft store and — voila — instant art. It not only adds visual interest but a personal touch. Consider Tempaper, which is a peel-and-stick temporary wallpaper. Simply remove the backing to apply, and peel it off to remove.
Replace worn decorative pillows
Buy some new pillows or pillow covers for your sofas and beds.
Buy some new towels
Vacationers love soft and fluffy towels. Check to see that yours are not threadbare and are free of stains and tears.
Invest in new area rugs
If you are in the market for some new rugs, you might consider purchasing indoor/outdoor rugs. They have the look and feel of regular area rugs, but are made for high traffic, and the best part is you can hose them off, let them dry, and put them back in the house. Ballard Design, Pottery Barn, Dash and Albert, as well as Home Depot and Lowes offer these types of rugs.
Install dimmer switches
Being able to control the intensity of light is a real bonus. Turn them up for reading; turn them down when watching a movie or for mood lighting.
Upgrade tired bed linens
Sheets that are 400 count or higher are softer and tend to last longer. Old, flat pillows? Ditch them and opt for some new ones. Beds need to look inviting and feel fresh and comfortable. Take the time to evaluate how yours appear. (Even sleep in them when not renting!)
Replace sagging, lumpy or just plain uncomfortable mattresses
Firm mattresses tops tend to last longer. Mattress toppers tend to extend the life of those mattresses as well.
Do away with bar soaps
Opt for some decorative pumps that you can refill with liquid soap. They aren’t as messy, and you won’t have to consistently replace partially used bars.
Replace chipped or mismatched dishes, glasses, and mugs
Target, Pier 1, and Ikea are just a few of the many stores that offer boxed sets of dishes.
Check to be sure your lampshades are clean and in good repair
If there are any stains, discoloration, or they appear worn, replace them.
Examine your outdoor furniture
Clean wood or painted furniture with Murphy’s Oil Soap. Check painted furniture for chipped paint and touch up spots as needed. New cushions can do wonders for outdoor furniture. Look for cushions that are made of indoor/outdoor material, as these withstand the elements better.
If you make visible upgrades, don’t forget to take pictures and update your listing to show off your latest improvements!