Believe it or not, we are only a couple of months away from Spring Break! Those of you who rent out your beach vacation homes know that rentals will start to kick into high gear that time of year. Is your vacation home prepared for the rental inquiries to come piling in? If not, this is the time to start preparing! After all, a couple of months will fly by in no time at all and spring will be here before you know it. Here are some tips for preparing your vacation home for rental season.

Say Hello to Spring Cleaning583050_13

Even though you may have some renters scattered throughout the off season, it is always smart to get in a good spring cleaning before the next wave of renters starts to pile in. You can always consider hiring professionals to do a thorough cleaning of your vacation home or you can opt to do the dirty work yourself. As long as the end result is a sparkling clean beach home that is rental ready, that’s all that matters. First impressions are important and your hard work (or hard earned money) will pay off when your guests arrive and fall in love with your home immediately.


A New Paint Job (or just some touchups)

Are you considering a new color scheme for your house? Brighter colors for a brighter rental season? You may not want to paint the entire house, but sometimes a bright accent wall or a new color in the entry way can make all the difference in the world.

  • Even if you aren’t looking to completely repaint any specific area, it is always good to check the entire house for any paint touchups that may be needed and get those handled and out of the way.

Upgrade Tired and Worn Linens

Sheets that have a 400 thread count or higher are always best because they are softer and they tend to be more durable and last longer. Flat pillows? Ditch them and splurge on some new ones. Beds need to look inviting and feel even more comfortable than they look.

  • Flat-Screen-TVGive the bedrooms in your vacation home a once over and if you find yourself wanting to crawl into bed every time you enter a room, then you must be doing something right.

Upgrade to Flat Screen TVs

Are you tired of magazines saying flat screens are the thing? (Kudos to anyone who got the Sir Mix-A-Lot reference) Well, it’s the truth. Non-flat screen TVs can instantly make a room appear dated and may not leave your guests as pleased as they could be. It’s time to get with the times and make the upgrade – trust us, it will be a smart investment.

Finish any Unfinished Home Improvement Projects

We are all guilty of starting a home improvement project and then leaving them unfinished. So, this is the time to finish off those projects and nip them in the bud. You’ll be glad that you did when your loyal renters are raving about how much better the house looks since their last beach vacation.


Are you interested in buying a vacation home in South Walton? Of course you are! Melissa Clements is a seasoned real estate agent with years of experience and ample knowledge of this area. Contact her today to answer your questions and help you get started on your journey to owning a vacation home here on the Emerald Coast.