Pack up your valuables and bribe anyone with a comfy couch: The gorgeous fall weather that's creeping into Dallas is a harbinger of holiday travelers who can end up paying for your Croatian vacation — or mortgage.
Whether you prefer HomeAway, Airbnb, or Craigslist, you can pull down some serious dollar bills renting out your home sweet home during autumn in Dallas.
Before you hit post, you may want to consider some things beyond a basic scrub down and frantic hiding of … um … personal items. Here’s our master list to help you minimize loss and maximize post-rental reviews.
Fix anything that might be a hazard for your guests. Think exposed wiring, loose steps, burnt-out light bulbs. The goal is to make money, not pay an attorney. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, too.
Lock away your pricey stuff — jewelry, personal documents, mementos, financial papers, booze — or take it with you. Check your homeowners or renters insurance to see if they cover liability. Also consider installing a touchpad lock that you can re-key after rental.
Inform and inspire
You know and love this city, so compile top tips and favorite local spots for guests. Print or provide takeout and delivery menus, and if you’re renting to folks in town for a specific event (post-season Rangers games, Cowboys matchups, the State Fair) point them toward a handy guide like this one.
Leave detailed instructions about how you want them to treat your space. Specifically address items like animals, smoking, parties, and loud music. Don't forget to share your Wi-Fi password, instructions for remotes, and more. And, obviously, make sure your contact information is readily available.
Amp up the amenities
Stock up on the following to ensure your guests have a stellar stay:
- Quality guest towels, washcloths, and pillows
- Higher-end toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, soap, sunscreen
- Board games, playing cards, movies
- Easily discoverable extra blankets and sheets
- Hair dryer
- Welcome basket with snacks and drinks
- Bikes and accessories
- Beer and wine openers — and maybe beer and wine
- Bluetooth speaker
- Coffee maker and good local coffee
Sure, you could throw on some new sheets and rent out your place as-is, but making a few concessions can go a long way toward building up a good online rental reputation — and your bank account.