Congratulations! You’ve set up a rental or exchange for your home and are preparing for your guests’ stay. While you probably have many things on your mind, it’s important to properly prepare for your tenant. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten things to do to prepare for your tenant:
1. General clean up & tidy
A fresh, clean space is inviting and feels like home. Click here for our in depth cleaning tips and tricks.
2. Clear off horizontal surfaces
Horizontal surfaces are at a premium in any home. It’s where everything gets set down. Imagine walking into a space and having nowhere to set something. Be sure to clear off some horizontal surfaces in your home to accommodate your guests.
3. Set out fresh towels
You may choose to purchase a new set of towels specifically for your guest or just put out a clean set you already have.
4. Stock up the bathroom
Leaving simple toiletries (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, conditioner) within reach is a welcome gesture for your new guests. While they will eventually stock up with their own, it’s nice to have something waiting for them when they first arrive.
5. Put fresh linens, extra pillows, and blankets in the bedroom
Gather extra pillows and blankets and leave them in an easy to find place so your tenants can feel comfortable adjusting to their personalized sleeping patterns.
6. Stock the kitchen with a few treats
Nourishment and refreshment such as bottles of water and quick snacks make a house a home.
7. Have a spare key made
This is a simple, but sometimes overlooked, task until the last minute! You will want to be able to give them a spare key while keeping your own. You might even give an extra spare key to a trusted neighbor just in case your tenant is locked out.
8. Make extra room in the closet
If you can, move some of your personal items out of the closet to make space for your tenant. You may put them into a storage box elsewhere or under a bed.
9. Leave important contact information
Be sure to leave behind a list of contacts, including your own, just in case your tenant needs to get in touch.
10. Household instructions
Think of things that might be mysterious to your new guest: your internet password, how to use the quirky oven, and other helpful pointer are welcomed tips. Click here for some inspiration and ideas.
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