Since I talked about what we do in order to find a good vacation rental, I thought I’d spend today listing what we do to ensure we’re good renters.
We’re communicative: we always give our cell phone numbers and let our hosts know that communicating with us by text is the simplest and most effective way to reach us. I find most conscientious hosts want to know if you’re in OK or if you’re going to be arriving late, etc.
Of course we try to be good guests while we’re visiting: we’re quiet, we take out the garbage, we don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine at night if we’re sharing a wall with hosts or other renters. Just basic stuff.
I think, though, the most important and most-appreciated thing that we do is clean. We not only take care of the rental while we’re in it, but before we leave, we clean as if it were our own home and we were expecting company. That means not only leaving clean dishes, towels and linens but also re-making the beds, scrubbing the bathroom and kitchen, vacuuming and mopping the floors. We clean out the refrigerator, wiping down all the shelves and drawers. We use fabric refresher on the pillows and upholstered furniture. We wash throws that I’ve used to cuddle on couch.
For multiple-month rentals, we clean the grill and oven. In Sedona, Walt even mopped the very nice epoxy floor in the garage.
Plus we re-stock laundry and dishwasher detergents as well as other cleaning supplies. We would never leave a long-term rental without making sure we’ve left at least as much toilet paper, napkins, tissues, liquid soaps, etc., as were in the rental when we arrived. We bring our own soap and shampoo, so we leave out the unused items that were usually left for us and we put away upon arrival.
I’m sure it’s more than most people do but we just can’t imagine leaving a rental in less-than-clean conditions. These are not hotel rooms, where maid service is daily and one doesn’t have any sponges and cleansers. These are homes. In some cases, we have stayed in someone’s actual home (loved the different posters and artwork).
We want our rental to look like we were never there at all and we are very happy when owners tell us that we didn’t leave them much cleaning.