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Tips for Renting your Home to Vacationers

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Do you live in a popular beach, mountain or urban area?  If you’re looking for a great way to earn extra income and either travel frequently or have an additional place to stay, renting your home might be a great option. Take this advice from the professionals on preparing your home for vacationing families.

The first step is to research available rental homes in your area. There are several reputable websites that offer vacation home rentals.  Look at the bedroom counts, amenities and interior finishes.  This will give you an idea of the rental rates and the condition your home needs to be in. Renting to vacationers is not for the faint at heart. You’ll need to spend a fair amount of time preparing your home for rental.

The home must be immaculate. Imagine you are renting a home for your family vacation. What condition would you expect it to be in? Either hire professional cleaners to clean the house from top to bottom or roll up your sleeves. Base boards, lamp shades, blinds and windows should be cleaned. Empty out ample space in bedroom closets and kitchen pantry.  Ideally, you should store your personal items in a closet that locks. Address any upholstery that needs cleaning or replaced. Have the carpets replaced or cleaned as needed.

Take ample photographs of the interior and exterior of your home.  Prepare a written description and determine the weekly rental based on your research. Take advantage of the great deals offered by Groupon coupons and head to Office Depot and invest in a quality digital camera. Select one or more websites on which to list your property and clearly indicate the weeks it would be available. Generally homes are rented from Saturday through Saturday or Sunday through Sunday. Be prepared to respond to all inquiries in a timely manner. Follow the recommendations on the website to optimize your listing and attract the highest volume of visitors possible. Good luck on renting your home and enjoying the extra income.

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