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Prepare your home for rentals

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Make your home ready for rental

Firstly, try to look at your property from the outside, as a prospective holidaymaker. It will be useful if you actually stay in the property yourself before you rent it out. In this way you can review it critically, work at it and decide what, if anything has been overlooked and if any essentials are missing, need attention.

Make an inventory of contents, and think about any future changes – improvements for the short and long term. Guests who choose self catering will expect a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, storage space for clothes and air conditioning that works and if they are happy they are the ones who will make repeat bookings..

If you have a new home possibly bought off-plan then your home will be suitable for rentals very quickly. The décor and style of the property should be neutral to suit a wide range of holidaymakers whatever their age and lifestyle, should have the widest appeal and therefore encourage most enquiries. Personal touches can be added with areas of colour in the form of rugs, paintings, ornaments but keep personal things hidden away or people will feel as if they are entering into your private home and feel uncomfortable. Remember that rentors are often choosing a holiday home over a hotel because of the home comforts provided by an apartment or villa. Add extras that will make life easy for people.

Buy the best you can – go for the best quality practical and durable items of furniture and utensils. You need items that will stand the wear and tear of holidaymakers but don't overspend! Especially on high fashion/stylish items that could look great in your own home but are not suitable for a rented home. Durable items create a better impression and holiday makers will tend to treat them with more care and respect therefore you won't have to replace them as frequently. Cheap furniture or cast offs don't create a good impression and won't bring repeat bookings. Remember, first impressions count!

•  Outdoors – Balconies and pool area. Provide sufficient and good quality furniture, sun chairs/loungers/side tables. Be sure that rentors know which months the pool will be operational. They will be disappointed if they arrive to find it non-operational.

•  Entrance – does the entrance intercom/camera system work – they will expect it to if it is fitted.

•  Hallway – Fit non smoking signs if you don't want smoking in the apartment. Is there somewhere for guests to put their shoes/beach essentials.? Fit energy saving bulbs throughout the property as rentors will often leave lights on. Think about fitting energy saving key systems like that at hotels so that it cuts out when rentors go out. This will reduce overheads.

•  Lounge – Don't choose light colour sofas if you don't want to see them marked. Go for neutral or darker colours and put throws or covers on them that can be washed frequently. Coasters for glasses and mugs will avoid ring marks on tables. Provide a TV and be sure it has access to suitable channels – if not, then fit a DVD/VCD machine with a selection of ‘family/suitable' films/discs. A selection of games for kids, games, magazines will make anyone happier on a rainy day.

•  Kitchen – People who have chosen to stay in a villa/apartment will often want to cook, so make sure they have everything that they need to cook. Buy good quality utensils and buy more than necessary to save washing up. People expect to find a toaster, kettle and iron, but not necessarily a microwave/dishwasher and washing machine. If not included be clear to explain this on the property details to avoid disappointment. Leave basic essentials in the cupboard for late arrivals – tea coffee powder milk etc.

•  Bathrooms – Towels should be provided and plenty of them, In neutral colours – named and marked. Think about children/old people getting in and out of the shower/bath, use non-slip mats. People expect to find a hairdryer and suitable mirrors. Also provide soap and toilet rolls.

•  Bedrooms – Make sure there is ample storage space – both hanging, with hangers and drawer space. No one likes living out of a suitcase. Buy good quality beds/cots – a sleepless night will not bring a repeat booking. There should be at least 2 sets of linen for changeover days and each piece should be name tagged or marked for convenience.

•  Family/Children suitability – If your property is advertised for rental by families be sure the property is suitable. Are any doors fitted with shatter-proof glass – child safety, socket covers, safety catches on cupboards, non-slip mats, position of appliances.? Do they have access to high chairs and cots, if not in the property, is it possible for them to rent locally?

•  Prepare a users manual . This should explain how everything works in the property – how to turn on the gas bottle/the shower/where to take the rubbish and any idiosyncrasies – eg. The tap marked red is actually cold water!! It should also include local area information – how to get to the beach, the nearest shops and local transport, maybe details of restaurant, shops you can recommend.

•  Provide a guest book in which everyone can write about their experiences whilst staying there. This may be useful to show you anything missing from your home and useful comments to improve the rental potential.

•  Leave a list of contact numbers for guests and maintenance firm.

•  Holiday home insurance, In the event of something happening firstly be sure that your insurance is valid. Some policies will not cover you if your property stands empty for more than 90 days – they may quote a maximum vacancy period.
A buildings and contents insurance will protect your belongings and the building itself against any damage. Your buildings insurance should be for the cost of rebuilding the property, the contents insurance is for everything you would take with you if you moved house.
Liability insurance will cover you against any claims holidaymakers can make against you if they injure themselves whilst staying in your property. The contents insurance policy such means that you and your property are covered against any breakages, damage that is unforeseen, eg flooding and fire and also the likely problems of damages and losses and give you peace of mind that your property is covered during the time that you are using the property or during the time that it is rented.
Note that medical insurance is not usually included on a property insurance policy and it is recommended any rentors need their own travel insurance to cover this, lost luggage, delays and their own personal losses if there was a robbery. Be sure to say that rentors are responsible for arranging their own travel insurance.

•  Check your property adheres to all the security measures required by your insurance policy eg door locks, alarms, bar may need to be fitted and chains and locks on doors.

•  Keys – who has a key to your property and how will you get keys to rentors. If you subscribe to Motif Homes maintenance service they will offer to manage your key holding and a meet and welcome service too. Don't write the address, block number or apartment number on a key ring and be sure to give the guests a phone number which they can call 24 hours a day in case they lock themselves out. This number can also be used by them if they aren't happy with anything within the first 24 hours of arrival. Alternatively post the keys to your rentors but as a backup have a set locally as a back up. Or keep the keys at the property in a secure box with a password that is given to rentors.

Year Round Essentials

There are extras that can be considered if you are renting all year round. It is easy to think about Summer months which are easily provided for but if you are renting all year then consider:

Is the property fitted with shutters and these are not just there for the security reason more often than not it is to stop the heat escaping.

Invest in heavy lined curtains or blinds which can be used in the winter months.

Fit draught excluder or windows and doors if they are poorly fitted.

Is the property fitted with double glazing? This makes a big difference!

Invest In warm and cosy furnishings. You will need a supply of winter sheets, blankets and quilts for comfort, this will also minimise heating costs.

Are there enough split air conditioners fitted in the apartment? If not it may be worth fitting another – but remember their running costs are high.

Be sure your solar heating system is running efficiently, if you are unsure have the fitting company come and do a check for you.

Invest in secondary heating system – or an oil filled radiator on wheels that can be moved from room to room will keep children warm.

If you have radiators fitted be careful of where they are being fitted – not to lose heat.

If they are fitted, reflective foil can be fitted behind the radiator with shiny side facing the room to minimise heat loss.

Rentors may well want to cook more often during the winter months than the summer, be sure the kitchen is fitted well enough for this.

Your property abroad should be as important, if not more, than your home. Be sure it receives the same care and attention. Don't think things will be taken care of by themselves just because you are in a foreign country. Things are less likely to happen unless you have a good management team looking after your property.


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