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Keeping House: Tips for Keeping Up Your Rental

When you run a rental property, you have to keep in mind that the guests’ experience is based on how well you prepare. From your protocol to your staff training to your accommodations, everything on your end works together to enhance the guest experience.

Here are a few rental property tips for keeping your rental property ready.

Have a Standard

The best hotels and rentals all have a set standard for the way they present each property. How the towels are hung, how the beds are made, the color schemes, etc.: every aspect of a space will come back to reflect your property/company. Keep it consistent throughout.

Train and Respect Your Staff

Plans for consistency amount to nothing if your staff isn’t ready to implement them. Be sure your cleaning and prep staff know the protocols, and respect their abilities and responsibilities. That could mean hiring more workers or working to optimize their schedules – just remember that happy (not overworked/burdened) employees are efficient employees.

Keep Up with Inspections

Even if you have to inspect each room yourself, it’s ultimately your responsibility to make sure each space in your rental meets your standards.

Stay Organized

Keeping a log of guest check-ins and check-outs that aligns with your prep and cleaning protocols will help keep your property running smoothly. You don’t want to keep new guests waiting as you get your past guests checked out and cleaned after.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): Hotel Phillips, New York New York, and wall–art.com

A Short Guide to Buying Vacation Rental Linens

Anyone who owns a vacation rental property with a high volume of rooms knows managing linens can be one of the trickiest aspects of the business. You’ve got to keep them stocked and keep them clean – expenses which can add up even if you’re not renting them from a supplier.

Here are a few basic tips for saving money on rental property linens.

Understand That Loss Will Happen

Unfortunately, losing linens over time beyond the normal wear and tear is inevitable. Employees and even guests can steal them, they can grow mildew, guests can stain them beyond repair, and they can even get tossed into the trash by accident. Have a contingency plan and expect the unexpected.

Switch the Thread Count

In adult-size beds, aim for 250-thread-count sheets, ideally the 65/35 poly blend. For twins, it’s typically ok to drop to 180-count since those tend to be used by kids, who aren’t likely to be concerned with thread count.

The Fewer Options, the Better

Stick to just king and queen sheets (just use queens for full-size beds), and don’t double them up on beds if you can help it. Same goes for pillow cases, too: stick with one size for every bed to simplify your inventory.

Consider Your Towels

Even more than sheets, guests notice the quality of their towels. If you’re going to splurge anywhere, this can be the most economical one with the highest impact on guest satisfaction. And don’t be afraid to cut down on how many you stock each room with – if a guest needs more, they can request more.

The exception to this is washcloths – feel free to keep those cheaper, since they’re virtually dispensable anyway.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): St. Lucia Linen Services Ltd., Horseshoe, and ENVIROMED