How to Ready Your St. Simons Island Investment for Professional Property Management

A rental managed by SSI Rentals' home property management companyWhile a home property management company like SSI Rentals is more than happy to assist you in taking the steps to make your property profitable, there are a few things that you’ll need to do first in order to meet your professional property management company half way before their services can begin to go into effect. Read on to find out what steps you should take in order to ready your home or condo for property management.

Make Your Property Look like a Vacation Rental

When you picture staying in a vacation rental, what do you see? Is the place clean and free of clutter? What would you find in the kitchen? These questions are just the beginning, but they’ll help direct you to how your property should look before your home property management company can step in and perform their duties.

You’ll first need to make sure that your condo or home is clean. If you don’t have the time or resources to clean it yourself, consider hiring a professional cleaning service provider to make sure that your property looks as immaculate as possible.

One of the main features of a good vacation rental is that it includes items you might not otherwise have during a stay with a hotel or resort, such as an upgraded kitchen. However, the kitchen needs to be stocked with high-quality (though not necessarily expensive) utensils, cookware, and appliances in order to be considered a true luxury amenity. After all, who wants to pay more money to stay in a place where they’d still have to run out and buy essential cookware, or have appliances that cause frustration and stress by not working?

The kitchen is just one example of where you may need to focus your attention in the beginning; consider other rooms and their features as well, such as nice beds and linens for the bedrooms, or towels for the bathrooms, and ensure that those rooms are well-stocked too.

The Staging Process

Finally, once you’ve checked off these boxes on your list, your property should be ready for staging and a professional photography session. There are several techniques for accomplishing good staging. Begin by making your property look inviting from both the curb and the porch by having plenty of plants and greenery, a clean-cut lawn if you have one, power-washed siding and walkways, a clean doormat, a piece or two of neat porch furniture, and a freshly-painted porch as needed.

Inside, after you’ve cleaned or had your property cleaned to the point of sparkling, you should get rid of clutter and balance the ambiance between clean and lived-in so that the space feels inviting rather than cold or sterile. Style tables and furniture by adding flower vases and rearranging them so the room’s flow of traffic is clear, and maximize smaller spaces like bathrooms with things like pedestal sinks to make them look bigger.

If you have an extra room that you’ve mainly used for storage, give it a purpose with the addition of furniture. The same concept can be applied to a seemingly awkward space, such as a small space under the stairs; by adding a desk and chair or other details, guests can see the full potential of the space.

Additionally, you may want to steer clear of having too many bright colors (though avoid eliminating them completely, especially if your property is on the beach and you want it to have that “elevated beach shack” feel to it).

Now, your property is ready for its close-up! Choose a photographer with experience in shooting properties, and you should be set!

Have More Questions? Ask the Experts!

SSI Rentals is an industry leader in local hospitality on St. Simons Island. As such, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves for maximizing the potential of your property that you may not be aware of. Let us help you determine what’s best for your vacation rental home or condo. Contact our office today to discuss our professional property management services!