Managing Your Vacation Rental

Get Your Vacation Rental Ready for the Rental Season – Spring Roundup

Written by Elizabeth Weedon
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We’ve listed the best of our past posts on preparing your rental for the summer season in one place! Find a variety of tips – from ideas for improving curb appeal, to checklists for a thorough spring cleaning, to smart updates you can implement now and save on utility bills later (without spoiling your vacationers’ stays!).

Spring Cleaning

Clean Sweep – Will your home pass the white glove test?
Joan Talmadge talks with the owners of Cape Cod Multi-Services on the most important aspects of spring cleaning your home, including a comprehensive checklist.

It’s That Time of Year Again…Spring Clean-up Time
Guest blogger Lee Bowman, Jr. at Joyce Landscaping in Marstons Mills provides a systematic approach to tackling spring yard cleanup.

Battling Dampness and Mold in Your Vacation Rental Home
We all know the challenges of maintaining an inviting and comfortable home in the middle of an oppressively humid summer on the Cod, the Vineyard or Nantucket. Take a moment to see how our staff writer, Elizabeth Weedon, gets the upper hand over dampness in her older, Martha’s Vineyard home.

Curb Appeal

“Bang for Your Buck” – An owner shares her vacation rental home improvement secrets
Featured on the HGTV show, Bang for Your Buck, homeowners, Rhonda and Mark Paradis, comment on implementing improvements that meet both the needs of the owner and the needs of the guest.

15 Tips for Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Quick and easy tips for improving curb appeal from one of our staff contributors, Susan Hutchins.

Energy and Efficiency Updates

Make your home more energy efficient this summer!
A guest post from Cape Light Compact, with a few easy tips for creating a more energy efficient home.

6 Renewable Energy Projects for a Sustainable Vacation Rental Home
Take your home to the next level in energy efficiency with some of these projects provided by guest blogger, Liz Nelson.

Curbing “Vacation Waste” Mentality: How to Cut Down on Utility Costs without Spoiling Your Vacationers’ Stays
It’s difficult to allow your guests the indulgences they crave on vacation while still keeping control of your wallet. These ideas from Chris Long at Home Depot could help you do just that.

About the author

Elizabeth Weedon

Elizabeth Weedon - Although I’ve worked for since 2008, I’ve been a loyal homeowner on the site since early 1998, just a few months after the website was launched by the Talmadges. I grew up summering on the Vineyard and managed my family's rental home there since the mid-1980’s. I’m passionately devoted to the Vineyard – and to WeNeedaVacation, which I credit with enabling me to hold onto the special property that has been in our family for nearly a century. An enthusiastic member of the WNAV Homeowner Support Team, I endeavor to keep my finger on the pulse of the Cape and Islands vacation rental industry so that I can provide homeowners advice about how to ensure their booking success with us. With owner Joan Talmadge, I am also responsible for editing and writing much of the text on our website, our monthly newsletters, and Homeowner Blog posts.

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