Tips for Opening up Your Vacation Home for the Summer
It’s almost that time! Time for warm weather, sunny days and, best of all, vacations. Whether you rent out your vacation home throughout the summer months or keep it to yourself, spending some time before peak vacation season preparing the home will make all the difference.
If you rent your home out, you’ll attract more guests with a clean and inviting place. If you stay in it yourself, you’ll get all the work out of the way early so you can rest and relax throughout the lazy days of summer. Either way, now is the time to put in the work that will pay off this summer.
Stock the Pantry
Getting to your vacation home and finding nothing but an old jar of peanut butter and some sugar is disheartening, but it’s practically unavoidable. Each season, you have to restock your pantry and fridge with all the regular foods and ingredients you have at home.
Dedicate one afternoon to head to the grocery store and purchase everything you need to make the kitchen fully functioning. If your family will be staying at the home throughout the summer, you may want to bring everyone along so that they can pick out their favorite foods.
This can be a pretty expensive trip, so you may want to save some of your grocery budget throughout the rest of the year to plan for this shopping trip.
Hire Help If Needed
If you’re hoping to make an income by renting out your vacation home, hire a property management service that can help. Chances are, you aren’t an expert in managing properties, so managing your own can be tricky. Property management services can help you plan and contribute to market knowledge to help you get the most income out of your property. Typically, they have a general rental application, like this one, that helps you avoid tenants who don’t meet certain income or payment history.
Spruce up the Bedroom
If you’re renting out your vacation home, the bedroom should be your top priority. People go on vacation so they can rest and relax in a comfy and welcoming home with a beautiful bedroom. Guests will want to feel like they’re at home. You can easily spruce up the bedroom by adding a lush throw blanket, hanging art on the wall and stocking a bookshelf with a variety of books.
This tip works both ways because if you’re staying at your vacation home instead, you’ll want a beautiful bedroom, too! Spend time making the bedroom exactly what you want it to be so you feel great every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed.
Spend Time Cleaning
Cleaning can be a pain, but it’s much better to get rid of the dust and cobwebs early in the season. This way, you won’t have to worry about cleaning aside from small tasks here and there.
When you first go to the vacation house to open it, spend some time giving it a good cleaning. Dust, mop, vacuum and clean everything. You should also check for any signs of leaking or pest infestation so you can take care of it right away. You’ll be glad you did when the beach is calling your name.
Set up Outside
You or your guests will probably be spending a lot of time outside since it will be sunny and gorgeous out! You should invest in patio furniture to put outside and maybe a picnic table to eat lunches at. You’ll also want to spend time mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and planting flowers if you enjoy gardening.
Making the outside of your vacation home look inviting will attract guests or simply make you proud to call it your home away from home.
Every house needs personality! Perhaps you can give your vacation home a theme that will help you decide on decorations. Invest in area rugs, artwork, throw pillows and whatever else comes to mind when you picture your perfect vacation home. Add books and board games so people have activities to do. Just because you’re only there a few months out of the year doesn’t mean it can’t be homey.
Your home away from home can provide an escape for you and your family or it can be a place where other families can go to spend some time together and vacation. However you plan to use your vacation home, these tips will help you get it ready for the summer season.