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5 Ways to Winterize Your STRs



Winterizing your short term rental properties is a proactive measure that not only saves you money on energy bills but also protects your properties and enhances the overall comfort and safety of guests using and enjoying the spaces during the winter months.


Our team at Desired Stays are excited to be a contributor to Redfins article about winterizing properties! You can check out the rest of their article here. These are our top 5 tips we shared with their team that we do to prepare for the winter season.


1. Ensure your vacation home is winter-ready with thoughtful exterior preparation. Seal windows and doors to keep the warmth in and the chill out. Regularly clear gutters to prevent ice dams and inspect and insulate pipes to avoid freezing. Don't forget to maintain clear pathways, driveways, and entrances, creating a hassle-free and inviting winter environment for your guests.




2. Prioritize the safety and well-being of your guests during the winter season. Regularly check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Equip your property with a winter safety kit, including essentials like salt and shovels. Ensure well-lit outdoor spaces, especially around stairs and pathways. Clearly communicate safety guidelines, including proper operation of heating systems, to enhance guest awareness and confidence. It is also important to stock up on firewood if your home has a fireplace for an alternate heating source, if needed.




3. Schedule maintenance for heating systems to avoid unexpected breakdowns. Provide straightforward instructions for operating heating equipment, thermostats, and other appliances. Ensure a reliable Wi-Fi network and trouble-free smart home devices, offering a seamless and comfortable technological experience for your guests.



4. Elevate the comfort and enjoyment of your guests with thoughtful design and amenities. Invest in quality, warm bedding, and provide extra blankets for a snug sleep experience. Decorate the space with festive elements to create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Provide indoor entertainment options such as board games, holiday movies, or streaming services to enhance the overall guest experience.




5. Adapt your property management approach to the winter and holiday season. Increase the frequency of property inspections, focusing on heating systems to ensure functionality. Adjust cleaning routines to address mud and snow, maintaining a clean and welcoming environment. Enhance guest support with quick responses to inquiries and a detailed guide on winter activities and local holiday events, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable stay.


The winter season could potentially be the most stressful, due to the drastic weather conditions. Prepping your home to avoid issues before they happen will set you up for success for an amazing winter season.

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