Property Setup: Making your property vacation rental ready

So you just purchased your home away from home, whats next? Here is a little step by step on how to get things rocking and rolling. If you need us to help with this process, just let us know!

Step 1- Furnish the property: Get in all the beds, dressers, sofas etc. See our guide below for a complete list of furnishings expected in a typical rental unit.

Step 2- Put in all desired amenities: The little extras can make a big difference in setting your property apart from the competition. See the guide below for details on items guests love.

Step 3- Stock the supplies: Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies and other items are standard in a vacation rental. See the guide below for the details on what is normally stocked.

Essential Supplies to keep in stock.

  • Dish Soap

  • Dish Sponges

  • Dishwasher tablets

  • Garbage Bags

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Hand Soap

  • Paper Towels

  • Toilet Paper

  • Floor cleaning solution

  • All Purpose Cleaner (like 409)

  • Window cleaning solution (like windex)

  • Laundry Soap

  • Fabric softner

  • Cleaning Rags

  • Toilet Cleaner

Step 4- Setup access control: We normally recommend a keypad be installed on the main door (many can be found online via amazon or other websites). If this is not possible the property should have two lock boxes. One for the guests to use when they check in and the other as a backup in case a guest loses the key or gets locked out.

Step 5- Decorate: Decor is how you add that special touch that makes your property unique. Getting a professional interior decorator or a property staging company can be very helpful when preparing the home for its photoshoot.

Step 6- Schedule services: Setup landscaping, pest control, pool services etc as well as internet and utilities.

Step 7- Have professional photos taken: Contact us to get a professional photo shoot scheduled for the property. This is very important. People don’t book homes, they book pictures of homes. Make your look amazing!

And thats it! You should be ready for your first guest! Below are more details about furnishing your unit.

Furnishing, Amenities and Supply Guide

Basic Bedroom.

  • Bed- (King, Queen or 2 twins)

  • Mattresses

  • Box Springs

  • 2 sets of Sheets for each bed

  • 2 comforters for each bed.

  • 2 Bedroom Lamps

  • 2 Night Stands

  • Pillows

  • Lamps

  • Dresser

  • Hangers

  • Trash can

  • Curtains

  • Misc Decor

  • Mirror

Basic Bathroom

  • Shower curtain (and rings to hold it up)

  • Shower caddy

  • Trash can

  • Over-the-door towel hook

  • Towels (4 per bedroom)

  • Washcloth (2 per bedroom)

  • Bath Rug

  • Misc Decor

  • Hair Dryer

Basic Kitchen/Dining

  • Silverware settings (dinner fork, salad fork, teaspoon, soup spoon, knife) for eight to 12 people.

  • Coffee Maker

  • Silverware organizer (drawer insert)

  • Everyday dish setting (dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl) for six, or as needed

  • Bowls, serving platters

  • Glassware assortment, including 4-, 6-, and 8-ounce glasses, coffee mugs

  • Trash and recycling cans

  • Trash Bags

  • Pots and pans

  • Oven mitts

  • Spatulas, ladles, whisks, etc.

  • Container for countertop storage of spatulas, ladles, whisks, etc.

  • Dish towels

  • Dish drying rack

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Mixing bowls

  • Bottle opener and corkscrew

  • Plastic containers for food storage (e.g. Tupperware or Gladware)

  • Rolls of aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, and parchment paper

  • Cutting board

  • Toaster

  • Kettle or hot pot

  • Ice cube trays

  • Blender

  • Can opener

  • Good, sharp knives (at least one large chef’s knife and a small paring knife)

  • Serving spoon

  • Dish Scrubbers

  • Small area rug

  • Dining Table

  • Dining Chairs

  • Decor

Basic Living Room.

  • Throw pillows for couch/chairs

  • Artwork

  • Lamp(s)

  • Furniture- Sectional Sofa

  • Love Seat

  • Decor- Area Rug

  • Decor- Misc

  • Furniture- TV Stand/enternatinment center

  • Furniture- End Tables

  • TV- 60 in LED

Highly Recommended Amenities

  • Air mattress

  • Basic tool set.

  • Iron

  • First Aid Kit

  • Fans

  • Pack N Play (aka port-a-crib)

  • High Chair

Essential Amenities

  • Extra key on the property in case of lost keys (in a lockbox or hidden)

  • Toilet brush

  • Toilet plunger

  • 1 extra blanket per bed in the home.

  • Broom

  • Dustpan

  • Mop and Pail

  • Vacuum

  • 2 sets of sheets for each bed

  • 1-2 quilts / blankets for each bed

  • 4 towels per bedroom.

  • Hand towels

Optional Amenities often loved by guests

  • Guestbook (home instructions, wifi codes, gate codes, alarm codes, etc)

  • Body wash

  • Shampoo

  • Space heaters.

  • Gas BBQ Grill.

  • Bikes

  • AC

  • Kayaks

  • Gas BBQ

  • Snorkels and Fins

  • Fishing Gear

  • Beach Towels

  • Surfboards

  • Boogie boards

  • Beach Umbrella

  • Beach Chairs

  • Kids toys

  • Golf Clubs

  • Blow dryer

  • Pool table

  • Ping Pong Table

  • Tissue boxes

  • Table Clothes

  • Salt & Pepper or Spices (Italian Garlic powder & season salt.)

  • Placemats

  • Board Games

  • Deck of Cards

  • Welcome Gifts