If you are prepping to rent out your summer home, then you should take a few steps to make sure you're going to attract tenants. Here are three areas you should address as soon as possible
Hire A Professional Clean Up Crew
You want your home to look nice, inside and out. While you can dust and clean up the interior of your home it is best to hire a professional crew to deal with the exterior. A professional crew, like those at Seabreeze Property Services, will do more than just mow the lawn and rake the leaves. You will get a full treatment, ranging from clipping dead branches, cutting back overgrown hedges, edging around the walkways, to dealing with poison ivy and fixing up garden pathways.
If you have mulch areas around your home, then you should also get them topped up. Old mulch gets beaten down over the year by rain, snow, insects, and sun. A new topping of mulch will make the property look brand new. Have the clean up crew deal with the old mulch. If the weed barrier is shredded and weeds are creeping up through the mulch, have the crew tear it up and lay new weed barrier before topping off the mulch.
Take Better Photographs
When people are browsing online looking for a summer house it's important that they see well lit, beautiful photos. If are relying on a few quick shots that you took one afternoon, then you might want to reconsider that plan. What you should do is dedicate some time and plan out some nice photos. You should have well lit interior shots, as well as several shots of the exterior of the home. When shooting exterior shots you might want to time it around golden hour. This will give the exterior of the house an amazing glow that will make it look lovely.
If you are not handy with a camera, or don't own a camera, then ask a friend or family member to help you out. It would also be advantageous to use editing software to touch up the photos (crop, color adjust) before posting them online.
Many people advertise their summer house on Craigslist, but if you didn't get many inquires last summer, then you might want to expand your posting. There are other sites such as Airbnb that you should investigate. You should get as much exposure as possible in order to maximize the amount of potential renters you can get.