Are you renting your house out for tournament week? Renting your home during the tournament week can be rewarding financially but it doesn’t come without a lot of work and preparation. Once you’ve found the perfect renter, there are some preparations you will want to take before welcoming guests. Below are 10 suggestions to help you get started.
Clean Home: You will want to make sure your home is spic and span before guests arrive. You can follow this rental checklist as a guide to help you get prepared. Not much of a cleaner? Hire a professional!
Yard Maintenance: Be sure to clean up the front yard by removing debris and hiding tools or toys. Mowing the grass, sweeping the porch, pruning back bushes, pressure washing the house/driveway, and adding a few plants or potted flowers, will make your home appear more inviting. For more curb appeal tips and tricks click here.
Fix Hazards: Fix and/or replace anything that could cause injury like an exposed wire, blown light bulb, loose board, or wobbly handrails.
Remove valuables and weapons from the home:
You will want to remove all valuable items like jewelry or heirlooms from your home.
Do not just safe-gaurd your weapons. If you have guns in your home, store them off-site or very securely.
Put away all personal items: Hide personal items like mail and social security cards, or anything that might be an issue if it went missing.
Stock up on supplies: You will want to make sure that your guests have plenty of supplies to make their stay comfortable, such as paper products like toilet paper and/or paper towels. Other supplies may include cleaning products, and cooking supplies.
Leave a list of emergency contacts: Provide a list of numbers that your guest can call incase of an emergency. Make sure that the emergency contact will be in town and will be available during the guest stay. An emergency could include an injury or damage on the property. And don’t forget to leave a list of nearby hospitals, pharmacies, and grocery stores.
Hire a cleaning service: You will want someone to come in daily to do hotel-style cleaning like make up beds, swap out dirty towels/washcloths for clean ones, empty trash cans, and tidy up rooms. Make sure you and your house-keeper meet before guest arrival to discuss their job duties and schedule.
Leave instructions on how to operate the home’s appliances and electronics: Don’t forget to leave your guest instructions on how to operate your home's appliances and electronics. For example, they will need to know how to work the thermostat, washer/dryer, stove, and TV. And be sure to leave the WiFi password. If there’s a cleaning schedule or any other important information, please be sure to leave that as well.
Tell your guest about your favorite local spots: Since your guests are from out of town, they may not be familiar with Augusta. Help them out by suggesting some of your local favorites. There is so much more to Augusta than golfing, why not suggest some of your must-visit dining or entertainment businesses? Consider leaving some menus and/or gift cards.