When you rent out your home or apartment to short-term guests, you can’t just throw them the keys and expect everything to fall into place. You must meticulously prepare your home ahead of time for paying short-term guests, many of whom will expect cleanliness and comfort standards comparable to those found in a hotel. Here, we look at some of the things to do to make sure your home is ready for short-term guests.

Make sure your home is clean

Obviously, your dwelling should be clean and tidy when your guests arrive. The bathrooms and kitchen, in particular, should be spotless. Clean linens should be used to make the beds. Lots of hosts hire house cleaning services to thoroughly clean their homes before their guests arrive. Many others do it themselves to save money. When you clean yourself, you have the advantage of ensuring that it is done properly.

Safeguard your valuables and personal belongings

If you rent your main home or apartment, it almost certainly contains valuables you don’t want to lose or have strangers look through, such as jewelry, family photo albums, artwork, clothing, family heirlooms, financial papers, and personal documents such as passports and birth certificates. The best way to protect your valuables is to thoroughly vet anyone you rent to. Furthermore, you should take specific steps to prevent guests from accessing your valuables. One possibility is to keep all such items in an inaccessible storage cabinet or separate locked room, if available. 

If you do not have a mailbox that locks, make plans to protect any personal mail delivered to your home while it’s rented out. You could, for example, arrange for it to be picked up by a neighbor or pick it up yourself. Alternatively, you can have the post office hold your mail while you are hosting guests. A post office box can also be rented.

Leave detailed instructions

The more written instructions you provide for your visitors, the better. This eliminates the need for guests to contact you every time they have a question. Include instructions on how to use all of your television’s and other electronics’ remote controls, as well as how to access your wifi and use the central heating or air conditioning systems. ​​Explain where trash and recycling should be disposed of. Local parking regulations should also be addressed. It’s also a good idea to include a list of nearby grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and take out joints. 

You also need to lay out expectations around their behavior and conduct. The last thing that you want to do is to annoy your neighbors and end up with complaints made against you because of noisy and disruptive guests. Learn how a sensor for noise protects guests, owners, and neighbors alike. 

Finally, leave your contact information – email and phone – in case your guests need to contact you. Provide local emergency numbers as well as the address and phone number of the nearest hospital. If at all possible, have a loyal neighbor or friend keep an eye on your house while you have a short-term visitor.

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