This topic has caused an unbelievable amount of discussions around the net. Apparently my position of “cleaning up after yourself” has a number of VR owners more than a little miffed at me.
Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I’m not talking about a spring cleaning project on your vacation. I’m talking about following the instructions left for you by the owner/agent. Some instructions can be as easy as: “Hang your bath towels on the rods. Take out the kitchen garbage. Lock the door.”
If there aren’t any instructions then just be reasonable and clean up after yourself as you would in your own home. In many cases it is just as easy to leave a vacation rental clean as it is a typical hotel room.
I’ve only once REPEAT… ONCE encountered what I would describe as an unreasonable check out to-do list and wrote about it here: http://www.vacation-rental-info.com/vrib/713/713/. Let me further clarify this point in saying that this particular owner was nuts.
Otherwise the check out lists we’ve encountered have been super easy and since we clean up as we go the requests are done with no further attention necessary. I think this is more the norm.
The reason I say that we, as renters, should clean up a vacation rental before we leave is, frankly, because we should. One reason is for our own online reputation as a renter. If the VR was great, the owner/agent interaction was perfect and the overall experience was beyond expectations then our written, and hopefully posted to a website, review will reflect the experience. The written review is then a referencable item we can refer future VR owners/agents to during our next reservation process.
Another reason to leave it tidy is in case you want to re-rent the same property in the future.
The final reason is, well, money. Leave it the way you found it and you’re well on your way to getting your deposit back effortlessly.
Remember to get your complimentary copy of Chapter 4 of The Vacationers Guide to Vacation Rentals. This particular chapter focuses on what you should do when you arrive at the rental property.
Make some (tidy) trails!