If you would like to offer a property you own as short term housing through ShortTermHousing.com/Travelers Haven, there are a few things you will need to do first. Our clients have very high standards and while they are achievable, they take a little planning and organization. Here are what we think are some top tips for preparing your short-term home for rent.
It may not be spring when you’re reading this but a spring clean is widely regarded as a deep clean of the entire property. It is this that you will need to do to prepare your property for short term housing. It doesn’t just have to be clean, it has to look clean too. If you walk through the door and you immediately remark at how clean everything is, you’re on the right track.
If you intend to rent with us on a regular basis (one tenant after another, throughout the year), we handle housekeeping after every move-out/before each new move-in.
Find the balance
We like our short term housing to feel like home but not be cluttered. There is a balance between offering enough artwork and ornaments and offering too many. Much is down to your judgment. Does each room look like a rental or does it look like somebody’s home? We would prefer it to be the latter but only up to a point.
You can also leave your rental completely empty and let us worry about making it feel like home for your guests!
Fix any issues
As you might imagine, offering a property that has defects is a no-go. That means checking wiring, sockets, loose flooring or carpets and every element of the property. You need to make sure it is in fully working condition and will not cause issues for someone staying there. Even go as far as checking all the light bulbs as we certainly will!
Equipping for guests
Short term housing includes everything a guest might need to begin living right away. That means bedding and linens, towels, cutlery, pots, pans, dishes, plates, coffee maker, toaster, toiletries and other equipment. Don’t forget an iron, ironing board, remotes for TVs, DVD, cable and other equipment left in the property too.
Minor additions such as fire extinguisher, first aid kit, spare light bulbs, trash bags and other easily overlooked items will also be useful. We can provide a list of things we like our short term housing to offer it you like.
If you can’t/don’t want to provide any of these items, no problem! ShortTermHousing.com/Travelers Haven can work with an empty apartment too. We have the ability to set up cable & internet, move in furniture, and supply housewares & linens for guests.
Those little extras
You may like to add optional extras such as books for the bookshelves or magazines for the coffee table, that kind of thing. If you do, remember your audience. Keep the books mainstream, the magazines recent and any other additions fit for purpose. The Travelers Haven team can help you with any aspect of preparing your home for short term housing. All you have to do is ask.
While certainly not a requirement, we find homeowners who have a friend or colleague come round and view the property with the eyes of a renter quite useful. An independent view will often pick up those little things that escape our attention in a property we know well. If you can do the same, it will work in your favor when it comes to guests arriving. If you can spot issues before a guest does, we all benefit!
So those are ShortTermHousing.com/Travelers Haven’s top tips for preparing your short-term home for rent. If you have any issues or need any advice, get in touch as we are more than happy to help!