10 Tips to Prepare your Home for Summer Rentals!

Restaurants are re-opening for the season. Beach stickers are being ordered. Flowers are beginning to blossom. That must mean one thing: summer is not far away on Cape Cod. With the change in season comes many added visitors and vacationers. If you plan on renting out your home, be sure to follow these necessary steps.

10 Tips to Prepare your Home for Summer Rentals!

#1. Have a cleaner lined-up and ready!

One of the most important things on your to-do list is to hire a professional cleaner for a deep clean this spring. A thorough, professional, pre-season total house cleaning is a must. It sets the stage for a rental season with fewer headaches. Once the season starts, be sure the cleaner has a list of check in and out times for turnovers. If you think you can save money by doing it yourself, you’re in for a rocky rental season

#2. Check all appliances

Check all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and any appliances (remotes, flashlights) that require batteries. Have extra batteries and light bulbs on hand.

#3. Yard Maintenance

Just like having a cleaner is essential, having a reliable clean up crew is equally as important to ensure the first view your renters get is memorable! Be sure to get rid of leaves, trim any shrubbery and maintain a healthy mowed lawn.

#4. Check Linens, Towels and Cleaning Supplies

Make sure there are two sets of sheets for all beds as well as extra bath towels and beach towels. Be sure to let tenants know where extra’s are kept. Please make sure you have a supply of cleaning products, hand soap, trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels and dishwasher detergent for each family.

#5. Store anything of value

Move and store all personal items (address book, photos) and anything of value (jewelry).

#6. Check your WIFI and TV Connections

One of the first things a tenant does upon arriving is connect to WIFI. Be sure to have the password and log-in information readily available. Be sure your TV’s are all hooked up and cable is working.

#7. Beach Passes

If you include a beach pass as part of your rental, be sure to purchase it from the town. A handy guide to beach stickers can be found here.

#8. Schedule trash pick up

If you have a larger home, you may need twice weekly pick up and larger barrels. Please make sure all barrels have a flip lid or a secure lid to avoid animals getting in the trash.

#9. Provide information on the area

Your visitors could be visiting for the first time! Have a list of local restaurants, amusements & amenities ready so that visitors have an easy transition. A great resource is guides for rainy day activities in case of inclement weather. You can find guides here for the Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape and Outer Cape.

#10. Contact a Robert Paul agent for assistance

Robert Paul offers experienced vacation rental agents who can provide you the best concierge service in renting out your home. For those looking to rent, browse our exclusive inventory.