Are your rentals ready for spring guests? Here's a handy property management checklist!

The Insider's Guide to Renting Your Vacation Home

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Learn what it takes to rent your vacation home and maximize your rental income.

VRMA magazineAre your rentals ready for summer guests? To find out, consult the handy property management checklist below!

In the Spring 2014 issue of VRMA Review, the Vacation Rental Managers Association quarterly magazine, Steve Bjerklie writes,

A winter’s worth of snow and ice can create hidden damage that may not be noticeable until it’s too late…. Taking the time and steps in the spring to ensure a home is ready for summer rentals can prevent costly, time-consuming problems later.

When Alan Hammond, managing director at Holiday Vacation Rentals — a vacation rental management company with short term rentals plus property care and management for several hundred vacation residences and condos located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Harbor Springs, Mich. — makes the rounds of his properties in anticipation of the busy summer season, here’s the checklist he has in mind to ensure the homes are prepared for warm weather:

Property maintenance checklist - VRMA

Here’s a text version:

Make sure:

  • Water supply turned on
  • Hot water on and temperatures set
  • Plumbing holds pressure and not leaking


  • Pressure relief valves and all faucets for leaks
  • Check all services (i.e. phone, cable, internet)
  • Check all electronics equipment operational and programmed
  • Light bulbs for replacements – use CFL and LED bulbs


  • All appliances (i.e. dishwashers)


  • All batteries in remotes, keyless entry pads, fire alarms
  • HVAC filters


  • HVAC systems


  • Roofs for leaks and interior damage from ice damming, and have repairs made to roof and interior
  • Building (exterior and interior) and sign of pests (rodents)

Note and Report:

  • Other interior exterior maintenance such as new paint to owner


  • Pesticide to building exterior

Clean up:

  • Yard
  • Housekeeping (Deep cleaning)
  • BBQ grill and propane refill
  • Windows (interior and exterior)
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace and flue
  • Summer furniture


  • Home guest services guide


  • Homes with guest amenities prior to each rental
Alan Hammond
Alan R. Hammond is the founder and Managing Director of Holiday Vacation Rentals and Birchwood Property Management. He has served as a Director, Officer, and Treasurer of the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) and holds the Certificated Vacation Rental Manager (CVRM) designation. A recognized industry leader, Alan is featured in the book The Rental Game: Winning with a Professional Vacation Rental Team by Maureen Regan. Read more....
Jeremy Hammond
Jeremy Hammond loves the northern Michigan outdoors, and his hobbies include hiking, biking, exploring, and photography. He does technical stuff for Holiday Vacation Rentals like helping to ensure a great user experience on the website. He enjoys researching and writing and also contributes to the HVR blogs.


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The Insider's Guide to Renting Your Vacation Home

FREE Rental Guide!

Learn what it takes to rent your vacation home and maximize your rental income.