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.