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Be Proactive - Staying In Front of STR Maintenance

Being a short-term rental host comes with so many fun responsibilities like meeting new people, making sure the house is picture perfect for the incoming guest, and leaving small local gifts to help heighten the guest experience.

But, as a host, you have to be looking ahead as well. It is crucial to be proactive when it comes to maintenance and repair issues. A small issue left unaddressed can quickly turn into a major problem, potentially causing harm to your guests and damaging your property's reputation.

We encourage all hosts to inspect units regularly - at least quarterly. A vacation rental inspection might take some time, but with a thorough checklist, you can be just as good at inspecting as you are at renting. In this article, we will discuss some tips for staying ahead of maintenance and repair issues to ensure a positive experience for your guests. We’re going to tell you all about why you need a vacation rental inspection checklist and exactly how to conduct one.

1 Conduct Regular Inspections: Regular inspections of your property can help identify small issues before they become big problems. For example, a leaky faucet may not seem like a significant issue, but if left unaddressed, it could cause significant water damage to your property. By inspecting your property regularly, you can identify these types of issues and have them fixed before they become more serious.

2 Hire a Professional Cleaner: A professional cleaner can not only help keep your property

looking its best but can also identify any maintenance issues. For example, a cleaner may notice a leaky pipe under the sink or a damaged tile in the shower. By having a professional cleaner regularly inspect your property, you can stay ahead of any maintenance and repair issues.

3 Schedule Regular Maintenance: Scheduling regular maintenance for your property can help prevent issues from occurring in the first place. For example, having your HVAC system serviced regularly can prevent breakdowns and ensure your guests stay comfortable throughout their stay. Regular maintenance can also help extend the life of your appliances and other equipment, saving you money in the long run.

4 Respond Quickly to Guest Feedback: One of the best ways to stay ahead of maintenance and repair issues is to listen to your guests' feedback. If a guest reports an issue, such as a clogged toilet or a broken lamp, respond quickly and have the issue resolved as soon as possible. Not only will this ensure your guests have a positive experience, but it can also prevent the issue from becoming more serious.

Being proactive when it comes to maintenance and repair issues is crucial for short-term rental property owners. Keep your home in tip-top shape by conducting thorough vacation rental inspections regularly. Your home will thank you and your guests will too. Sometimes the laundry list is long and owners accidentally skip a step, causing serious issues down the road.

Don’t leave any of your property’s care to chance. Make sure that everything is in working order by following our free vacation rental inspection checklist and ticking off all the listed items for full peace of mind.

Download your FREE pdf copy of our thorough checklist:

Maintenance Checklist - Key Source Properties.pdf
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