Letting Your Home For the Holidays
If you’ve decided to let your home out as a holiday home, you need to make sure it’s ready for paying guests. Check all the rooms in the house, the garden, balconies and any other parts of the property and get them fixed before they become an issue.
You may have been able to live with the problems, but you can’t reasonably expect people who pay to stay there to put up with a place that needs repairs.
Go through the house and make sure that you remove anything that’s irreplaceable, valuable or sentimental. With the best will in the world, things in holiday homes can get damaged by accident, and it’s better to take precautions than to risk losing anything that means a lot to you.
You could keep a cupboard locked in the house with your valuables in it, if you don’t want to put things into storage. If you’re worried about spillages, make sure there are coasters to stop people marking your tables and put washable throws on the chairs and sofas.
Making Sure The Property is Safe For GuestsYou have a legal responsibility to make sure that a holiday home is as safe as reasonably possible, and the same rules apply to you if you’re letting your own home out as they do if you buy and let a holiday home separately. Make sure that your furniture complies with the Furniture Fires Safety regulations and that you can display the correct safety labels. Check the house for any obvious safety hazards, and make sure all appliances are safe to use.
You could consider providing safety items in the holiday home for your guests peace of mind (and ultimately, yours too). Suggestions for a safety pack include:
- a key safe
- a first aid kit
- smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, if you don’t already have them
- torch with batteries
What You Need to ProvideYou might feel a little strange about letting strangers use your cutlery and personal things, but it’s a personal preference. It’s best to provide more than the guests actually need so it doesn’t hurt to buy extra inexpensive cutlery and crockery. Make sure you also provide the holiday home with plenty of pans and cookware.
Obviously you’ll need to make sure there is a kettle and toaster available, but you score extra points if you also provide the holiday home with an iron, microwaves and a washing machine. If you have these already, you’ll probably be quite happy to leave them for guests.
The last thing that guests want when they arrive at a holiday home is to find that there are no towels, so it’s a good idea to provide these as standard. Make sure there are two bath towels for each guest, and leave them some hand towels. If you're concerned about guests using your towels on the floor, provide bath mats!