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As a vacation rental cleaner, you never know what you are going to walk into once the guests have checked out. Your first impression of the guest can go one of two ways. The first way you are going to walk into the house and the guests have completed the checkout list that the owner has provided. If this is the way that you walk in, your clean is going to go great and you normally won’t have problems. The second way is that you are going to walk in, the rental is going to be completely used, and nothing is done on the checkout list. If you walk into a super used rental, your clean is going to be tougher, and you are usually going to be there longer than intended.
Having Checkout Suggestions
When guests check out of a vacation rental, Moxie Girl leaves a complimentary checklist for the guest to follow to make our clean and arrival so much easier. Some of our suggestions include stripping the beds or starting towels in the washer, starting the dishwasher, and taking out the trash. Just by doing one of these simple tasks can make a Moxie Girl’s cleaning go so much smoother. When we walk into a vacation rental, and the guests have left the place without doing any of the checklists, then the cleaner stresses once they get there debating on how the cleaning is going to take them.
Not using Checkout Suggestions
When guests check out of a vacation rental and don’t use any of the checklist suggestions, it can make our job so much more stressful. I’ll give an example, here at Moxie Girl, when cleaning a vacation rental we sometimes encounter a same day turn, which means the cleanings need to take place in between a guest checking out that day and new guests arriving the same day. When cleaning a home that is same day flip you’re on a time crunch. So, when guests leave a bunch of towels, and bedding used then we are responsible to clean all of the laundries, but with guests starting a load of laundry it makes our cleaning go a little smoother and can cut an hour or so off the cleaning time. Another suggestion for guests is picking up and taking all their trash out, by doing this it doesn’t take up our cleaning time, and we have more time to focus on the resetting of the home and getting the vacation rental ready for their next guest. So next time you stay at a vacation rental, keep your cleaners in mind and partake in the check out suggestions.
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Are you planning a trip to the valley of the sun and looking for a place that will fit the needs of you and your family? Maybe you are looking for a Magnificent place that will EXCEED all your expectations of renting a vacation rental? From small condos to magnificent Mansions you can find just about any vacation rental to fit exactly what you are looking for here in the Valley of The Sun!
With a stunning ten bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, this Magnificent Mansion may be just the place you’ve been dreaming of for your large family vacation. With the ability to sleep thirty people you can bring grandma and grandpa along for the ride and probably your favorite family friends with no worries of being crammed into a small space.
This magnificent mansion located in a peaceful desert paradise, in close proximity to Scottsdale’s greatest treasures including best restaurants, grocery stores, shopping venues, golf, scenery, activities, events, casinos, hiking, biking, and nightlife.
There have been recent renovations to this home totaling about half a million dollars. This property truly has everything you will ever need including 8 cooktops and a large fridge/ freezer to make amazing meals for you and your group during your stay.
Once you arrive you’ll never need to leave this home for entertainment purposes, as it offers a full 65″ TV, pool table, poker table, custom wet bar, and of course those amazing mountain views.
But that isnt all you will get during your stay! According to the homeaway listing for this property you also have access to
-Custom private home theater offers raised seating, large projector screen, and reclining theater chairs.
– This one full acre estate is gated and fenced in for ultimate privacy.
– Three-car garage
– New smart TVs in all bedrooms and main areas, including outside
– Wireless high-speed internet
– Nest smart home thermostats & ADT security alarm system
– 2 Indoor dining room tables seat up to 22 people.
– Outside dining table seats up to 18 people
– Top of the line luxury mattresses and premium luxury linens
FREE BABY PACKAGE INCLUDED WITH YOUR STAY:
– Pack N Play (2)
– Highchair (2)
– Booster Seat
– Plastic Utensils, Cups, Bowls, Plates
OUTDOOR GAMES, ACTIVITIES, AND AMENITIES INCLUDE:
– Nine-Hole Mini Golf Course
– Covered Outdoor BBQ
– Gas Fire Pit
– Heated Saltwater Pool
– Twelve-Person Saltwater Spa
– Covered Outdoor Dining for 18 people
INDOOR GAMES INCLUDE:
– Poker Table
– Variety of 17 Board Games and Card Games
OPTIONAL SERVICES WE CAN PROVIDE OR OFFER ASSISTANCE:
– Daily Housekeeping Service
– Full Concierge Service
– Transportation Coordination
– Catering and In-Home Chefs
– On-Demand Grocery Delivery
– In-Home Massage
– In-Home Yoga Classes
– Additional Children/Baby Supplies
Interested in booking today for the ultimate summer group vacation with your favorite people? CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the properties homeaway listing!
Moving to a new city can be scary, especially if that city is also a different state. These days, at least, we all have scads of information available to us via the internet, so making a move to a new place doesn’t seem quite as anxiety-filled as it used to be – especially with all of the vacation rental options across the country!
People move to new places for all kinds of reasons, one of the most common being a new job. In that situation, you may want to consider booking a vacation rental property for a bit, before having ALL of your possessions shipped to a new location. If you’re planning on making this new job long-term, you’ll no doubt want to settle into your “own” place eventually – but why rush, and have to move everything twice?
Making a temporary home at a vacation rental while you get going in your new work position can give you insight into an area that you won’t easily find on the web. Chances are, that staying in a vacation rental, you’ll soon know if that particular neighborhood is where you’d like to remain. And if the place you’re in isn’t your cup of tea, with no lease or mortgage in place, it’s easy enough to try a different location!
Of course, sometimes we vacation in a new place and simply fall in love with it – enough to think we’d like to live there, even. Becoming enamored with a new city can be too easy…after all, we’re often vacationing during the “best of times” – not only for ourselves but often for the location as well.
That perfect weather and that fancy resort where you’re staying, coupled with the fact that you’re on VACATION, can definitely color your view of a new city. You’re likely in this place when everything is just right outside…and who doesn’t love resort amenities and no alarm clocks? Oh, yes, we’d LOVE to live here!
For example, I’ve had plenty of friends visit Phoenix in March and immediately start looking at real estate listings – they’re ready to move! Few of them have gone through with a move after checking back in July or August, though. 100 days with temps over 100 degrees is no joke, air conditioning or not.
The Real Deal
If you fell in love while on vacation – especially if you stayed in a fancy hotel – you probably have a very different idea of life in this new location than you would if you actually lived there. Living and working day-to-day in any city has its challenges so it’s a great idea to really “live” in a new place for a minute to figure out if the challenges of this particular place will be manageable for you.
Vacation Rentals Offer the Feeling of Home
Staying in a vacation rental – or even a series of vacation rentals – to get a feel for life in a new city is a fantastic way to explore and really get to know the area you’re considering making home. You’ll have to make your own bed, do your own laundry and buy your own groceries, but any worthy vacation rental home should offer a basic array of home essentials – such as cookware, dishes, and bed and bath linens for your use.Some vacation rental property operators will cut you a deal on a longer stay, too.
What’s Important to You?
Moxie Girl suggests making a list of all the every-day things you feel are most important to you in deciding where to live. If you’re moving because you’ve secured a new job and will be required to be on site most days of the week, finding a home near your work location makes sense. Traffic in most cities can be a logjam during rush hours, so the closer you are to work, the better!
Other important factors for you may be your new home’s proximity to shopping or entertainment venues, places of worship, public transportation, parks, medical services and schools. Are you seeking a bustling “downtown” feel for your home, or would you prefer to be able to hear a pin drop at night? During your vacation rental stay, refer to your list often and keep notes.on what’s great – and not so great – about this particular area.
Better Safe Than Sorry!
If you are considering a permanent move to a new city – especially one you’ve only truly vacationed in – it may be beneficial to do your vacation rental stay “test-run” during the city’s “off” season, to get a more complete picture of what real-life might be there. Again, I refer to the Phoenix in March vs. Phoenix in August example. Full relocation can be a big, expensive deal, so it’s smart to have the best idea possible of what may await you during the course of your first year in a new place!
Moxie Girl Know Vacation Rentals
Moxie Girl offers expert vacation rental home services throughout the Phoenix-Metro area – and we’d love to see what we can do for you! Contact us to find out how Moxie Girl’s years of experience in the vacation rental home industry can help make your vacation rental property an even bigger success while giving you more time and peace of mind!
Worrying about the unknown won’t get us very far, and these days there is a lot of unknowns.
The Rental industry is no different than the rest of the world right now with all of the uncertainty and unknowns we are all experiencing. Nobody really knows where we will be a month from now or even a week from now at this point.
Amanda Thomas, owner of Moxie Girl decided now would be a great time to team up with Ben Ellis, broker, and owner of E&G Real Estate and Property Management, and Brent McDonald, a lender with All Western Mortgage to discuss not only the trends they are seeing in the Phoenix rental industry but also going from short term rentals to long term rentals, selling your home, refinancing, and mortgage forbearance.
Short Term Rental Industry Trends
Homes are renting out still!
Get seen on all booking sights without lowering your prices.
Long Term Rental Industry Trends & Home Buying Trends
Ben Ellis, broker, and owner of E&G Real Estate and Property Management
- Securing tenants for your long term rental property
- Ensuring you get your home back in the condition which you rented it out
- The ups and downs of running a long term rental property
- The ups and downs of doing long term rentals during a global pandemic
- What has changed and how to adjust your long term rental property in the midst of COVID-19
- liabilities and owner responsibilities of managing a long term rental property
Brent McDonald, a lender with All Western Mortgage discuss the trends they are seeing in the rental and home buying industry.
- What does it mean to go into forbearance and is now a good time?
- The pros and cons of going into forbearance and what that will mean for your credit.
- Rates in the market and where they are currently at, is it a good time to buy or sell your home?
- Refinancing your home, what that could mean for you, your credit, and your mortgage rate.
Click HERE for more information on these topics from experts in these fields!
Valley vacation rentals are more popular than ever and with our cooler weather finally, within reach, the upcoming rental season could be the busiest yet. As a successful vacation rental homeowner, you’ve probably realized that many guests are looking for “a local experience” when they book a vacation rental in our beautiful desert.
When searching for places to visit and things to do, guests are bound to be inundated by the “top web hits” and not necesssarily the best, coolest, or even very “local” results. We’re sure your vacation rental guests will appreciate being alerted to the less “commercial” attractions.
For example, if your vacation rental is in the Gilbert area, the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is an amazing place for your outdoor-loving guests to explore. The preserve offers nearly 5 miles of hiking and equestrian trails and winding walkways and is open from 530am until 10 pm daily.
Park entrance is free, but the preserve does offer guided tours every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, October through April, at a cost of $10 per person. Check out their website here!
Stargazing vacation rental guests, in particular, tend to fall in love with our wide open desert skies and may also be delighted to know about the Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory located at the Riparian Preserve. The Observatory is open to the public most Friday and Saturday evenings, from dark until 930pm.
Some sky-watching guests go as far as to plan their travels according to anticipated meteor shower activity (shhhh…I know because I’ve done that – and I know I’m not alone!) Meteor showers for the rest of this year are listed below – let your guests know! The weather should be perfect!
Orionids: October 2-November 7 (peaks the night of October 21st)
Leonids: November 6-November 30 (peaks the night of November 17th)
Geminids December 4-December 17 (peaks the night of December 13th)
Need more help with your vacation rental home? Moxie Girl is a leader in the care of vacation rentals in the Phoenix area, serving over 130 properties of all sizes, Valley-wide. CLICK HERE to find out if we can help you, too!
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Many Phoenix-area school districts start the school year as early as the beginning of August, but in other places across the country, classes don’t start until the day after Labor Day! This leaves August open for impromptu family vacations, and many of those families find it less expensive – and more convenient – to find a suitable vacation rental home for their family travels.
If you own a vacation rental in the Valley and have read up on the subject, you already know the benefits of keeping your property operating through our brutal summer – even though it might seem “easier” and “cheaper” to cease operations during these months.
If you AREN’T in-the-know, here are a couple of blogs full of good information on the topic!
Boosting Your Summer Vacation Rental Bookings
Summer Vacation Rentals- Moxie Girl Debunks The Myths
It’s true, staying in the summer vacation rental game not only helps offset the year-round expenses associated with your vacation rental property, but keeping your vacation rental home active during the “off” months – with good reviews – will also help boost your rental to the top of your vacation rental platform’s listings. And THAT can only increase your bookings during peak season!
Need some help avoiding complaints and bad reviews? Check out these Moxie blogs!
Avoiding Complaints From Your Vacation Rental Guests
Vacation Rental Review Killers
Late summer is famous for last-minute vacation rental home bookings, so stay in close communication with your vacation rental cleaning team. You’d never want to give your guests the feeling they’re receiving last-minute treatment!
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Attention Arizona Vacation Rental Home Owners!
The business of operating vacation rental homes has skyrocketed in the past five years, with these short-term rentals increasing in number by well over 500% since late 2014 – and occupancy rates for these vacation rental properties are at an all-time high! Business is definitely booming if you’re the owner of a vacation rental home.
Vacation rental properties – or their guests, rather – also provide a steady influx of new visitors to businesses in the areas surrounding these rentals. That equals greater success to those business -and more money into city and state sales tax coffers! There are even business (Moxie Girl, for example) dedicated to serving the vacation rental industry, boosting employment opportunity in the Valley!
Other Side-Effects of this Boom?
Yes…Complaints, unfortunately. Many permanent residents of nearby vacation rental properties – especially larger ones – tell tales of woe. Noise, trash and increased traffic have been among the most common complaints. To those living next to “party houses,” short-term rentals have become a nuisance – and residents have not been quiet in making their feelings known to officials.
New Law Affecting Vacation Rentals Signed by Gov. Ducey on May 21, 2019
As the operator of a vacation rental home in Arizona, you need to be aware of the new legal requirements that apply, state-wide. Most importantly, regardless of what city statutes and license regulations may apply, anyone in the vacation rental game in our state must have an Arizona sales tax license to operate legally.
The new law also states that rentals may not be used for weddings, banquets or other special events that would otherwise require a permit. Certain occupancy specifics are also affected by the new legislation. Rep. John Kavanaugh, R-Fountain Hills, sponsor of HB 2672, says this measure addresses and aims to eliminate the “party house” issues at the root of many complaints.
There are also a number of new rules regarding providing vacation rental home owner contact info to cities and towns, as well as changes to violation process policies. With fines for violations ranging from $250 to $1,500+, you’ll definitely want to stay on top of your admin (and enforcement) duties as the owner of your vacation rental!
But is the New Law Enough?
Many Valley residents say the new law, which goes into effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session ends, doesn’t go far enough in curbing the disruptions they have been experiencing due to neighboring vacation rental properties. When the bill was first introduced, it included a much longer list of restrictions than the final version, signed into law this week. Rep. Kavanaugh was concerned that if included in the final bill, it would either not get enough votes to pas – or face a veto by Gov. Doug Ducey. Ducey, in signing the bill stated “In Arizona, we respect the right to do what we want with our property without undue government interference. I am open to corrective action if this bill is applied too broadly.”
Most cities already have noise, parking and littering ordinances, but officials say these rules are tough to enforce in many cases – especially in the case of vacation rental properties. Many are hopeful, though, that the new law will at least help take care of the worst violators.
You can read HB 2672 HERE.
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