Whether you live near your vacation rental home and can help with the cleaning and minor maintenance during turnovers or not, you probably also rely on professionals to help you, both before and during the rental season. It’s a good idea to get those services lined up for the season as soon as possible. If you are new to the area or to renting your Cape or Islands home out, you may be interested in these helpful tips.
Select reputable service providers
If you’re looking for trustworthy businesses in your area, take a look at our Service Provider Directory. It not only gives you access to their websites and contact information, but it allows you to search for businesses by town or region, saving you the time of having to browse through companies, for example, located on the Outer Cape when your home is in the Upper Cape or on one of the Islands.
Which services should you keep in mind?
The most important service to set up, of course, is your professional housecleaner. See our post geared specifically to hiring and managing housecleaners. But keep in mind the need to be very specific in your expectations of them and the importance of their communicating to you any unusual findings during a turnover. Especially if you are not able to be present during a turnover, your cleaners are often your best witness to the condition of your home after the vacationers leave.
You will certainly need to set up other regular services, too, such as trash pick-up and lawn maintenance. But don’t forget to have a list of emergency lifelines at the ready in case something breaks or there is an unexpected weather event.
Consider lining up these services before the season begins:
• Landscaper or regular lawn mowing service
• Trash pick-up – and be sure to notify your tenants of the pick-up schedule
• Linen delivery – if you do not provide linens yourself and wish to provide your tenants with an alternative to having to bring them
• Spring clean-ups, both outside and in
• Appliance repair
• Pest control
• Tree services
• Carpet cleaning
• Window cleaning
• Property management
And have a list of services that may be of interest to your tenants:
• Equipment rentals such as baby furniture, medical supplies
• Bike rentals and equipment
• Recreational equipment such as boats, kayaks, canoes
• Fitness and beauty
You can always refer your tenants to our Vacation Planner, which, like our Service Provider Directory, provides them with access to businesses specific to the location of your home. And, in addition to services, it gives them access to activities, events, restaurants, shopping, transportation, a guide to local beaches, and articles geared to the Cape and Islands.
If you know of a business that’s not listed in either our Service Provider Directory or our Vacation Planner, feel free to recommend them to us. Or, submit a review about any business you’re familiar with.
Do you have any helpful tips regarding vacation rental service providers?