Mud season is coming up, that in-between time when the snow is not quite good enough for winter sports, but hanging around enough to make summer activities challenging. The end of April through the end of May is the perfect time to make sure your Summit County vacation rental is in top shape.
Here are a few items from our annual to-do list for the offseason.
Furnace and Water Heater
It is a good idea to have your furnace and water heater serviced routinely. Replace filters where necessary to ward off any potential problems down the line. Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a broken water heater.
Check the Roof
Winter can be very hard on your roof. Either take a quick look yourself, or hire a professional to get on top of the house and identify any potential problems. Even the smallest leaks can cause a lot of damage. When you are proactive, you can catch and fix minor problems before they become huge headaches.
Restock the Kitchen
After a season of kitchen use, it is likely that some of the staples you provide are getting low. Restock any missing utensils, soaps, spices, and other essentials. Now is also a good time for a deep clean. Clean the oven, stovetop, microwave, and other surfaces that a cleaning service does not deep clean between each stay. A deep clean during every off season will keep your rental looking fresh and new.
Walls begin to look worn and tired, especially in rooms where there is a lot of traffic, such as the kitchen and living room. You may be able to brighten the walls with a quick wash. But, if they still look dingy, consider a paint job. A fresh coat of paint can leave a room looking brand new.
Some time spent on the landscaping can help freshen the outside of the home and create a more inviting look. A small planter of pansies or other easy flowers at the entry can be a welcoming touch. Trim up any branches that may be in the way of sidewalks or driveways. Check trees for damage and plan for removal if necessary. Restock any wood piles.
Staying on top of routine maintenance in the offseason can help make the busy season go smoothly. With many different users, it is easy for things to become weathered and worn. Have important components like furnaces, water heaters, and hot tubs serviced regularly so that you can catch repairs before they become major problems. You don’t want to lose out on any income during the peak season, so invest in maintenance and upkeep now.
Is your Breckenridge vacation rental family friendly? Have you thought about the amenities that a family with children will need? We have!
Families prefer vacation rental homes, instead of the traditional hotel room, for a variety of reasons. With a condo or townhome, they can put their children to bed and then stay up and enjoy adult company without having to worry about waking up kids. With a kitchen to make food and space to run around and play, families are more content and at ease and can enjoy their vacation more.
Appealing to families is a great way to add value to your vacation rental. Here are a few simple upgrades to make your vacation rental in Breckenridge stand out from the crowd.
Family Friendly Kitchen
Kids and small children need booster seats and highchairs but these items are notoriously difficult, if not impossible to travel with. They are an inexpensive addition that may make all the difference for your renters.
For family gatherings, the more kids you can get into a bedroom, the more space adults can enjoy. Making one or two bunk rooms that can accommodate 3-4 people can make a home a lot more enticing to a large family or a gathering of two or more families.
Pack ‘n Play
Along those same lines, having a pack ‘n play available can be very helpful. They fold away, so they won’t eat up a lot of space in your rental, but it is so convenient not to have to bring one if you are traveling.
A family with teenagers will be looking for entertainment. A game room equipped with a pool table, ping pong table, or air hockey will attract families with older kids. Having a well stocked cabinet of board games and larger group games can also be a perk that will be remembered. An entertainment center well stocked with family friendly movies can help spend time together and relax.
A Place for Gear
Families generally have to travel with a lot of stuff. Whether it is skis, bikes, or other outdoor gear, have a designated place to stash items that shouldn’t be left in the car, but don’t need to be in the way. A garage, mud room, porch or entry way can be ideal for these items. Consider installing a ski rack or a bike rack. Easy gear storage will attract families seeking adventure.
Consider installing child safety locks on cabinets with dangerous materials. Cleaning products, trash cans, and other households items attract curious little hands. You can give parents peace of mind and help them relax knowing that their toddler can’t accidentally get into something dangerous when their back is turned.
It doesn’t take much to make a vacation rental ideal for families. When families stay in your rental and have a fun time, they may choose to make your vacation rental a family tradition. Enjoy families returning year after year when you make your home an easy place for families to savor time together.