Checklist for cleaning and prepping your vacation rental

Checklist for cleaning and prepping your vacation rental

Checklist for cleaning and prepping your vacation rental

Guests have successfully booked your vacation home meaning you did a great job on your property listing with Owner Direct. Congratulations!

Now what? What should you do next to make sure you don’t fail the expectations of your guests? The answer: Go clean up and get your vacation rental ready for welcoming your guests.

Knowing the basics of cleaning and prepping your property can make all the difference. Refer to this handy checklist for a refresher.

Cottage with amazing unobstructed Okanagan Lake and mountain views, ID#204650

Cleaning vacation rental checklist

  • Clean ALL your kitchen equipment and appliances (e.g. coffee maker, microwave oven, refrigerator, stove top, oven, grill, etc.).
  • Replace or remove defective or broken appliances, including light bulbs.
  • Replace furnace and air filters.
  • Empty dishwasher, washer, dryer, garbage bins, and fireplace (remove ashes).
  • Organize pantry and cupboards.
  • Replenish coffee filters, dish soap, hand soap, detergent, trash bags, etc.
  • Provide clean pot holders, dish towels and a new dish sponge.

Lovely Palacio villa in San Diego, California ID#208117

  • Clean glass windows and doors to perfection. This is even more important when there’s a beautiful view through it, otherwise fingerprints, dust, dirt or hard water residues will ruin the view. Here’s a quick guide for cleaning glass windows and doors (applies to mirrors too).
  • Check the battery of the TV remote controls and smoke detectors. Replace as needed.
  • Vacuum floor, carpet, rugs, and sofa, including under seat cushions and furniture.
  • Dust and clean furniture, vents, blinds, lamps, ceiling fans, air conditioners, etc.
  • Wash rugs, curtains and blinds as needed.

Suite near Downtown, Victoria, British Columbia ID#206744

Kailua Kona villa with stunning ocean view, ID#224369

  • Change bed sheets and pillowcases. For comforters, make sure it is not stained or spilled with anything or you will have to have them laundered. Opt for white bedding or other light neutral colors beige, ivory, taupe, black and gray to give your bedroom a hotel vibe.
  • Remove your personal belongings inside closets and drawers (powder tables, bedside tables, etc.).

Furnished studio suite in James Bay, Victoria, British Columbia ID#206746

  • Clean, scrub and sanitize toilet and bathrooms (walls, floors, bathtub, toilet, flush, door, faucets, shower, etc.). 
  • Remove hair buildups in the drains.
  • Provide clean linens, hand towels, bath towels and washcloths.
  • Replace toilet flappers and toilet bowl brushes as needed.
  • Clean dryer lint trap and washing machine.
  • Check outside areas too.
    • Clean and maintain the BBQ. Check propane levels.
    • Review the pool and hot tub are clean and safe.
    • Wipe down outdoor furniture and replace any pieces that are moldy or broken as needed.

Cleaning can be a tedious task. However, it is crucial and something you should never skip before your guests arrive. Here’s why:

  1. Nothing makes renters more happy and satisfied than finding a clean place to stay after a long travel to their vacation destination, 
  2. A clean property elicits positive reviews, and
  3. Great reviews will boost your property listing.

So make sure your vacation rental is all set and clean before guests arrive, okay? And don’t forget to also add some “Wow!” factor.

Checklist for cleaning and prepping your vacation rental was last modified: February 14th, 2019 by Tim

About the Author


Tim dreams of seeing the world beyond. But first, she wants to explore and experience the beauty of diverse cultures in her home country. It’s more fun in the Philippines!

Comments (4)

  1. Lebogang Matsela :

    I’m a highly experienced household cleaning lady. I love cleaning and make sure I leave the place in perfect position and very clean. I’ve been cleaning since I was young. Just try me and see how your house apartment or condor will look like after I touch it.

  2. Cleta :

    I went over this web site and I think you have a lot of wonderful info, saved to my bookmarks

  3. Victoria Addington :

    Thanks for providing a checklist when I hire a vacation home cleaning. Since a family booked an entire week of rent to our cabin rental, it’s good that I came across this piece. I agree with what you said about how great reviews can boost my property listing, which is why I want to keep the renters satisfied with the look of the house. Hopefully, I can find a good cleaning company nearby.

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