With that warm summer breeze comes crowds by the thousands, flocking to the sounds of waves and the smell of salty air down on the coast. From couples to large families, many seek out house rentals to feel more at home on their long vacations and to have an unobstructed view of the ocean while sipping on their morning coffee. As a homeowner, this can be both lucrative and risky when it comes to renting out your house to guests. You want to provide a safe and enjoyable space for those renting, but you also don’t want to walk in post-vacation to find damages and other frustrating problems. Working up a checklist to ensure you are protecting yourself while renting to guests will help both you and the renting party have a smooth experience.
Below, find our top tips for renting out your beach house:
Before you decide to rent out your house, make a decision on who your ideal guest would be.
This helps you define parameters for renters and weed out those who you wouldn’t feel as comfortable living in your beach house for a few days. If you are looking to provide a space for a calm group who is just there to relax in the sand while reading a good book, then you can avoid the spring-break crew coming in for a wild week fueled by alcohol and lots of late nights.
Decide which times of the year you would like to enjoy your beach house.
Many who own homes on the coast do so to have some time to escape themselves. Beach houses are a hot commodity, so if you don’t block out some time for you and your loved ones to enjoy your space, you may find yourself working more and relaxing less. Find some times that you get to have the place all to yourself, and enjoy!
Homeowners insurance should be a top priority.
If you do decide to rent out to that spring-break group of college students, then go ahead and cover yourself in the event of damages. These can be extremely costly and often result in a headache, leaving you financially burdened without much support.
Glass may be pretty, but it’s breakable.
No matter the group you’re renting to, accidents do happen. Avoid storing your grandmother’s china in the cupboards for guests, and go with something else, like a sturdy plastic or even metal material when stocking your cabinets with dishes and kitchenware.
Prep before an accident happens.
Having replacements for things like bed sheets, comforters, dishes, and other household items is a smart idea in the event of an accident. This way you are not wasting any time between renters buying new items during busy season. Couch covers are also a great idea so that you can easily remove and wash them between parties.
Lock up your valuables!
If you do plan on spending personal time at your beach house, be sure to lock up your valuables so that they are not stolen or mistaken as one of your guest’s belongings.
Record each room’s set-up with a photo album.
Oftentimes, beach house owners will hire a cleaning crew to come in after guests have left. Having a record for them to refer back to is a useful tool for both you as the owner and their team to ensure each room stays intact and set up the way you desire.
Set up a small table with a guest book and local information.
Travelers like to leave notes about their experiences. This will be neat for you to refer back to after their stay and also a great reference for other guests during their stay. A binder with details on local bars, restaurants, and shops is also super useful for travelers who may be new to the area. Giving them the resources they need for a great stay will keep guests coming back.
We hope these tips have helped! Your guests will love their stay if you are prepared for their arrival, and you will be a much happier proprietor if they know what to expect.