As the seasons change, so too will the care required to maintain your short-term rental property. You may need landscaping services in the summer and snow removal services in the winter. Spring is the better time to make exterior updates to your home because your focus will be on leaf removal in the fall. The appearance and functionality of your rental directly affects the overall experience of your guests, which is why it's so important to stay on top of property maintenance throughout every season.
Browse our recommended seasonal care items to plan ahead and eliminate potential problems before they arise!
Everyone looks forward to autumn's warm, vibrant foliage. But the abundance of leaves in the yard? Not so much. In addition to leaf removal toward the end of the season, you should schedule gutter cleanings to avoid buildup as well as routine leaf blowing to clear outdoor walkways and deck spaces for guest use. Fall is also a good time to have your heating system inspected to ensure everything is in working order for the upcoming winter season.
Old Man Winter brings with him one of the biggest challenges for vacation home owners: inclement weather. Snow and ice can have a huge impact on guest stays, which is why you should have a plan in place for dealing with slippery conditions. Communicate with local vendors to set up snow removal services and keep a bag of ice melt/salt on hand for guests to use as needed. It's also a good idea to check your home's window seals to make sure no cold air can leak through.
The arrival of spring means it's time to assess your property for any damage sustained during the winter months. Check gravel driveways for divots or ruts caused by snow removal and inspect your roof to make sure there are no leaks or ruined shingles. You may also want to hire a pest control company to ward off unwanted bugs and have an HVAC technician service your cooling system in preparation for the warmer summer temps.
Summer is the time of year when guests will get the most use out of your property's outdoor spaces! Inspect grills and fire pits for any maintenance needs and assess all outdoor furniture for cleanliness and safety. You will also want to arrange for lawn care throughout the summer to ensure your yard stays in pristine condition for your guests and their pets.