If you are involved in the rental home industry, then you are probably somewhat aware of the importance of keeping a clean property. Studies have shown that the number one complaint when it comes to vacation rentals is cleanliness. Guests often pay hundreds and thousands of dollars to enjoy the space you have available, and so the expectations can be high. Fortunately, this can be a simple problem to solve when you are armed with the right knowledge and plan for the job.
Of course, you’ll want to decide whether you want to do it yourself or outsource the work. If you’re local to your rental, it might make some sense to do it yourself and cut cost. Realistically though, Hiring the right cleaning service for this type of job is going to be the best option for most folks and in this article, we go over everything you need to know for accomplishing rental property cleaning for the season.
It’s important to first realize that a vacation rental cleaning is much more of a deep focus cleaning than your average residential cleaning. You should make sure that your housekeeper provides a more in-depth and a higher level of service. A full clean on all the linens, sanitization of surfaces, replacing paper products, repairing damage, checking for damage and testing the appliances are all examples of areas you housekeeper should pay extra attention to.
Cost is a major factor to consider when you are planning the cleaning of your rental as well. Cleaning fees will vary based on the location and size of the property involved. One great way to figure out what a reasonable price point for your area might be is recon. If possible see if you can get information from neighbors about what they pay in the area. Getting 5-10 examples will give you a solid idea of where the local companies should be at with price. The best news though, its typically standard practice to charge guests a cleaning fee as a line item, so usually the homeowner won’t have include cleaning costs in their outgoing expenses.
Ironing out the details of service with any company you hire is very important. There are a variety of situations that homeowners come across that can be forgotten about during the interview process. One example is to make sure to discuss potential emergency cleaning situations and how their services handle them. Other examples will include changing and stocking linens, putting away dishes, and light maintenance on things like bulbs and batteries.