Renting your home or cottage through an agency still involves some obligation and responsibility on your part. Your septic system and water quality/supply must meet the standards set out by appropriate agencies, and all your kitchen appliances and any extra amenities must be in good working condition. We expect vacationers to leave the cottage in the same condition as it was found including cleanliness, so it is important that the cottage be in immaculate condition at the beginning of the rental period as this will set the standard. You may want to consider having your cottage cleaned by a professional cleaning company at the start of the rental season. You are also responsible for ensuring that your vacation property is appropriately insured while it is rented out. Recurring problems with nocturnal visitors such as bats or mice need to be dealt with prior to renting your cottage. Vacationers often have a different view of these ‘animals’ and their reaction to our interesting wildlife is not always one of appreciation.
We do require that your cottage be checked between each booking (by you or by a person designated by you to handle the changeover service) to ensure that it has been left clean and in good condition for the next booking, to refill propane tanks, to stock up consumable supplies, to dispose of garbage and recycling, and to be able to attribute any damage or cleaning costs to the appropriate party. There may also be maintenance such as lawn cutting and minor repairs. We can provide some of these services for you
The first step is to arrange for us to visit your property. The best time to do this is in the fall so that your property is potentially ready to market early in the new year. And please don't wait until you have finished your renovations before contacting us! We would prefer to see your property early in the process in order to 'get the ball rolling' and then we'll return at a later date to do a final assessment.
During this visit, we will:
- assist you in determining the potential rental rate
- record details about your property that will be used to prepare your website and property information sheet
- prepare a map and directions to your property
- make recommendations to a) maximize your income potential, b) minimize maintenance and worries, and c) help you provide a safe environment
- photograph your property inside and out. Note: your property must be clean, tidy, and all work must be completed for picture taking; otherwise we will have to arrange to visit the property at another time.
In order to have sufficient time to set up and market your property for the next season, we recommend that you get started on this process as soon as possible. And since we accept a limited number of new properties each year, contact us right away and get your name on the list. Our usual intake period is from Sep to Feb, so if you call after Feb, we may not be able to fit you in for the current season.