Owning a home that people can use for their vacation takes a lot of work. You have to know how much to charge to stay within reason of what people are willing to pay and what other vacation rentals by owners are charging so that you can be competitive. There are also things that you have to do to the home after each guest leaves so that the home stays in the best condition possible.
After someone leaves the home, you need to take a tour of the property to see if anything has been damaged or if there is anything missing. It’s often a sad situation when someone takes belongings that aren’t theirs, but it does happen. It takes place in hotels as well as vacation homes. If you don’t want to deal with people taking your belongings from the home, then it might be best to only offer the bare essentials or to stock the home with items that you find on sale or that don’t cost a lot of money to replace.
Even if there is no one in the vacation home all the time, you need to make it appear as though there are people there. This can help prevent someone from breaking into the property. Motion lights outside or timed lights inside the home can give the impression that someone is there throughout the year. Keep the yard mowed and manicured. If the yard doesn’t stay maintained, then it’s an invitation for people to see that no one is staying there with a potential for someone to break into the house. Hire someone to keep the yard mowed if you don’t live in the area or if you don’t have the time to do the work.
Once you’ve examined the property when someone leaves, it’s time to start cleaning for the next guests to enter. A cleaning service is sometimes best if you want to get every corner of the home cleaned. However, if you want to make sure the home looks the way that you desire, then you might want to take the time to clean on your own.