When it comes to winter preparation, what you need to do will be specific to your property. Creating an interior checklist will depend on the type of vacation rental you own.
This checklist will remind you of all the necessary areas of your property that need to be winterized. Thus, you won’t forget an important step of your winter preparation process.
First, write down all the interior areas of your home. Once you make this list, you can use it every year. Consider handwriting your interior checklist first. Keep the final data on your computer in an excel spreadsheet.
To get started, create a list of the rooms in your house. Some rooms you may have on your list are:
Now that you have listed all the areas of your home, start at the top. Follow the checklist of items below associated with the room in your property.
Each room has a specific list of items to do. If something from our example list is relevant, add it to your interior checklist. If not, skip it, create your own, and continue to the next room.
Now that you have an interior checklist, you can put it to use. Start with the first item on the list. For instance, “Check and replace weather stripping around doors and windows.”
Bring your list and inspect these areas of your property. Do you need to replace the weather stripping around a window? Mark down what room it is in. Measure the window so you know how much to buy.
By the end of your walk-through, you should have completed some of your winter preparation.
The rest of the steps you can complete over time. Especially if they call for appointments and materials. Make sure you complete them before the weather turns cold.
As you complete your tasks, make notes. Input these notes into your excel spreadsheet. Mark the dates, expenses, warranties, and companies that you’ve used. You can also include the stores you’ve purchased materials from. In the future, you do not have to research stores to find the product. The information will already be in your records.
When next season comes, you already know who to call, and what you have replaced. In the long run, this will save you time and money. Not only will you know what to do – but you won’t be scammed into unnecessary purchases.
Once you make your first interior checklist, your winter preparation will be easy. Make sure to walk through all the rooms in your vacation rental property. What would winter damage? What appliances need to be turned off or closed up? Does something need replacement or repair?
By asking yourself these questions, you can prepare for all aspects of winter. Do you have extra suggestions and tips for winterizing your vacation rental property?