How to Complete a Vacation Rental Inspection & Why It’s Important

Before you begin marketing your vacation rental, you must have it thoroughly inspected. Essentially, visit the property, check and verify that everything is functioning correctly.

If your home is a condo, consider getting a condo inspection to make sure that your home is safe and ready to be rented out! 

Besides ensuring your property is ready for tenants, vigorously inspecting your vacation rental can also help ensure documentation of your property’s initial condition. This can prove helpful when it comes to assessing property damage when the guest is leaving. 

1. Check every switch and faucet

This is a quick task that won’t use much of your time but will ensure your guests have a pleasant experience. So, go room by room and test every switch and faucet. Thereafter, make any repairs and replacements where necessary. 

If the property owner rarely uses the property and the light bulbs look like they have seen better days, then consider taking advantage of the inspection to swap the old ones with new ones. Ideally, swap them for energy-efficient ones. These will last longer besides helping to save some bucks for the owner. 

You also want to inspect all faucets to make sure they are functioning as they should. Likewise, consider replacing them if they look outdated. 

2. Check all appliances

Common home appliances include water heaters, vacuum cleaner, clothes dryer, washing machine, and dishwashers. Preferably, you’ll want to know how they operate. After all, if you don’t, you may not know when they are broken or when a setting is wrong. 

You’ll also want to jot down some instructions for their use. This may prove helpful when tenants have trouble using them. 

For example, in Europe, most ovens use numbers to indicate how hot an oven is. In the U.S., on the other hand, the ovens are marked in degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, a European visiting a vacation rental you manage may not know how the oven operates

So, to avoid confusion that may ultimately lead to a bad review, make sure to include step-by-step instructions of how all the appliances work. You may even want to add the instructions in the guest book. 

3. Check all electronics

Check all electronics to see that they are functioning. The last thing you want is to promise something only for it not to perform as advertised. Misleading information is often a recipe for a bad review. 

For example, if you say that your vacation rentals come with a cable, then make sure the TV connects to cable channels. Also, check stereos, DVD players, and video game systems as well. You’ll also not want to forget about internet connectivity. Make sure it is reliable and accessible throughout the home. 

4. Check all smoke and fire detectors

Nothing guarantees a bad review than a guest being woken up in the middle of the night by a “beep,” telling them to change the batteries.  

5. Check the entry method

Whether a tenant will use a handoff, a lockbox, or a keypad, make sure to enter the property just like a guest would. For lockboxes or keypads, ensure the codes work as they should. If there are any quirks in the system, note that down and let the guest know. 

Issues with lockboxes or keypads are pretty common, and they only seem to increase with increased use. So, make sure to have them inspected every now and then, especially during the high season. Alternatively, install a system that can work reliably as per your requirements. 

6. Take stock of any damage

Walkthrough the property and document any damage that the property may have. The last thing you want is to accuse a tenant of something that they have absolutely nothing to do with. So, go through each room and take notes and photos. If you aren’t sure what is or isn’t damaged and needs to be repaired – hire a home inspector to check the place out for you! 

  • Walls: Visually inspect the walls and note any damages. The damages can be in the form of marks, discoloration, or scrapes. 
  • Fixtures: Go to the kitchen and the bathroom and inspect them, too. Are there any cracks or discoloration? Note them, if any. 
  • Furniture: Check all furniture, including those against the wall. Markdown any damages, even the tiniest ones that may not be that visible. 
  • Floors: Take pictures of all floors and note any scrapes. 
  • Appliances: After some use, appliances will undergo normal wear and tear. So, before a guest checks in, make sure to write down any scratches or scrapes that may already exist. It may also be in your best interest to just replace any appliance that looks all tired and run down. 

As can be seen, conducting a thorough home vacation inspection before a guest moving in is essential. It helps ensure an enjoyable guest experience, which, in turn, can help your vacation rental investment earn positive reviews.