Let’s face it — It takes a village. Whether you live near your rental home or a distance away, you probably 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 upcoming season as soon as possible. Here are some helpful tips for building your support team.
Select reputable service providers
Let’s begin here. If you’re looking for trustworthy businesses in your area, take a look at our Home Services Directory. This directory not only gives you access to local business websites and contact information, but it allows you to search for these businesses by town or region.
Which services should be top of mind?
Of course, the most important service to arrange for is your professional house cleaner. (See our post geared specifically to hiring and managing housecleaners.) 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. So you will want to be very specific in your expectations and emphasize the importance of communicating to you any unusual findings during a turnover.
You will also need to set up other regular services too, such as trash and recycling pick-up and lawn maintenance. And don’t forget to have a list of emergency lifelines at the ready in case something breaks or there is an unexpected weather event.
Line up these services before the season begins
• House cleaner
• Landscaper or regular lawn mowing service
• Trash/recycling pick-up – notify your guests of the pick-up schedule
• Linen delivery – if you do not provide linens yourself
• Spring clean-ups, both interior and exterior
• Appliance repair
• Pest control
• Tree service
• Carpet cleaning
• Window cleaning
• Property management
Have a list of services that may be of interest to your tenants
• Equipment rentals (baby furniture, medical supplies, etc.)
• Bike rentals and recreational equipment (boats, kayaks, canoes, etc.)
• Caterers and chefs
• Drivers and transportation
• Fitness and beauty
You can always refer your guests to our Vacation Planner, which, like our Home Services 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 Home Services 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?