The holidays are over. It's a new year. There may still be snow on the ground and cold temperatures, but it's time to start thinking about preparing your summer home for the season.
Whether you'll be using it yourself or renting it out, there are certainly some things that will need to be done. Now is the time to start so that you're not rushing around as you're ready to advertise or move in to your seasonal home.
Here are the top 5 categories that need to be addressed:
1. Cleaning - You are going to want to give the entire space a good cleaning to remove the cobwebs of the off-season.
2. Repairs/Maintenance - There are undoubtedly small things that need fixing. Maybe a lightbulb or two needs replacing. Perhaps checking the air conditioner filters. Or even testing/changing batteries on the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.
3. Decorating/Staging - You may want some new furnishings or décor for your space. Soon all of the newest summer items will be on the shelves, so starting early will give you first pick of the latest styles.
4. Photography - Even if you don't rent it right now, you may want some lovely photos to show off, or for future use. But beautiful (even professional) photos to attract renters is imperative!
5. Marketing - Primarily for rentals, you'll want to be sure that you market your rental properly. Find out who your target audience is and where they look. Real estate agents who specialize in rental properties can definitely help in that area and do all the work for you.
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