vacation rental cleaning

Spring is a season of growth and change — out with the old and in with the new! With longer days and warmer weather ahead, many homeowners take the opportunity to spruce things up around the house with a thorough spring cleaning.

For vacation rental owners, it’s usually a transition time between your peak season and off-season. Depending on location, your home is likely either just wrapping up a busy winter or preparing for a rush of summer bookings.

Either way, it’s an ideal time evaluate your home from top to bottom and make sure it’s ready for the next influx of guests. Here are a few ideas on how to refresh your vacation rental for spring and summer bookings.

  • Start fresh – replace what’s worn out and overused.
    Check the condition of your linens, welcome mat, sponges, and anything else that might be overdue for a replacement. Try walking through your home with a guest’s point of view. What seems fine to you may not be as appealing to someone who’s renting your home.
  • Update your online presence.
    As you make changes to enhance your home, make sure your online listing matches its current state. Do the photos accurately represent what your home looks like? Have you recently added any new amenities that aren’t featured online? A digital cleanup can be just as important as a physical one in helping to make sure guests enjoy their experience in your home.
  • Switch out seasonal decor for lighter, more summery touches.
    If your home is filled with cozy blankets and dark colors, consider swapping them out for something a bit lighter. Adding flowers or a bright, lightweight bedspread can help shift the seasonal tone of your home.
  • Restock the essentials.
    You never want your guests to be left in the dark – literally – when staying in your home. Make sure extra light bulbs, batteries, and first-aid supplies are fully stocked. Also check to see if any cleaning supplies or pantry items need to be refilled.
  • Clean, clean, clean!
    It may be obvious, but this is what spring cleaning is all about, isn’t it? Your home is probably cleaned professionally after each guest stay, but now is the time to dive deeper and address those areas that aren’t included in those routine cleans. Shampoo the carpets and rugs, clean out air vents, scrub the inside of the fridge, and hose down the outdoor surfaces of your home.

This list will help get you started, but it’s always a good idea to make your own yearly checklist specific to your home’s needs. With a little preparation, you’ll have each new season feeling like a fresh start for your guests.

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Author: Allison Busse

Allison is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist at Vacasa in Portland, Oregon. She creates resources for vacation rental homeowners with the help of Vacasa's team of experts. Outside of work Allison loves hiking, biking, cooking, and reading.