These are the 5 ways to prep your ski rental property for the coming season. Welcome guests with confidence that your property is in good shape. Updated March 3, 2021.
Improvements to Make to Your Rental Property
Winter is fast approaching, which means that the ski season is almost upon us! This is music to your ears if you’re in ski rental property management.
Technically speaking, the ski season doesn’t start until late November, so you still have plenty of time to get everything in order. The ski season typically lasts four to four-and-one-half months, so it’s all about making as much money as you can during that time when you are able to charge premium rates for your unit.
Before you start renting your home, you want to make sure that everything is in order. See below for several things you can do to prep your ski rental property for the upcoming season. Would you like some help managing your rental property? Contact Alpine Edge.
Improve Your Amenities
When people look to book a weekend/week-long ski trip, they often look for as many amenities as they can find in the place they stay. Ideally, they don’t want to venture off the mountain or away from the ski resort any more than they have to.
For that reason, it’s important to invest in as many amenities as possible. Be sure to consider things like a hot tub and heated floors inside your home.
While hard floor materials are desirable for renters, walking on the cold floor would be less than ideal. You want to make your property feel as if it is a place of shelter from the snow and the cold.
Also think through things such as available parking, including complimentary snow removal, and a secure Wifi network. This might tempt them to stay longer and work from your property, thus leading to more money for you.
Put yourself in the shoes of your guests. How can you make your property more attractive to renters? Are you wanting to attract large groups or a small family?
Be sure to make your guests feel at home by welcoming them with things like books to read, movies to watch, hot chocolate/tea to warm up with, and so on.
Hire a Property Management Company
One of the most important parts of having a ski rental property is managing the clientele that rents from you. If even one guest has a bad experience, it could impact the revenue you receive for the rest of the ski season.
For that reason, you will want to hire a property management company. They have the experience and know-how to help you, your property, and your customers.
The property management company can help you keep your property in tip-top shape by offering home checks after each visitor and maintaining the quality of the property.
They’ll also offer great amenities to welcome your guest, give you the ability to host short-term rentals, and can help your guests learn more about the town of Breckenridge.
Whether your guests are having a problem with the Wifi or have a few questions about what to do in Breckenridge, your property manager will have it covered. This allows you to be less hands-on and give your guests the best service possible.
Make sure to ask the management company about your rental. How do they think you can capitalize on it? What is it missing? How can their service help you succeed?
Touch Up Wherever Necessary
Transparently, the offseason is the best time for you to do any necessary touch-ups to your property. However, if you notice some things right before the season, it’s best to fix them before renting it out. Not doing so can negatively affect your reviews.
Even if you don’t see any glaring needs, make sure to find a few inexpensive ways to touch things up.
You can try putting on a new coat of paint, replacing the hardware, getting more seasonal home decor, or switching to LED lighting in the entire house.
Just a few subtle upgrades will make your guests feel like they’re walking into a brand-new house.
Get It Ready for Snowstorms
Summit County is blessed with tremendous amounts of snow, and there’s always a potential for a snowstorm during ski season. When that happens, you want to make sure your guests have everything that they need. Keep a snow shovel close by and some environmentally-friendly ice melt. While your property management company takes care of these things for you, your guests might want access to a shovel for a quick cleanup.
Make sure that your property meets all needs for insulation and weather stripping. You want to make sure to insulate your pipes to keep them from freezing and make sure to always store an emergency kit for them to have access to.
Take the time to contact local officials in your property’s area to see what they recommend storing in the emergency kit. Also, create a “cheat sheet” of local numbers your guests would need to know in case of an emergency.
Keep Good Records and Maintain a Detailed Rental Log
Hiring a property management company will relieve you of most of this stress, but as the property owner, you must stay on top of your records as closely as possible.
Before the ski season gets underway, make sure to create an organized calendar for you to keep track of activity on your property.
This will allow you to write down when the guests are staying when you can schedule cleaning times/days, and when you might be able to use the property for yourself.
Spoiler alert: the schedule will constantly change. There will always be things to overcome. But a diligent schedule helps you stay on top of all of it.
Prepare Your Ski Rental Property the Right Way
Now that you have seen all the different ways to prepare your ski rental property for the season, it’s time to get to work!
Be sure to read this article for more information and tips on how to choose a property management service in Breckenridge. You’ll be glad that you did.
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