At Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Property Management Division, we constantly strive to educate our clients and public on what we do and way we to improve the rental experience both from an owner and tenant perspective. This week’s topic is discussing seasonal rentals, and what seasonal tenants look for when they rent in Fountain Hills.
What is a seasonal property?
A seasonal property is any property that is rented for less than a 6-month period. In Fountain Hills, high season is considered the months of December-March (some April) and commands a premium for rental rates. Seasonal properties include all utilities, turn-key furnishings as well as cable and wireless internet. When contemplating whether to make your property into a seasonal rental or not, there are a few factors that really help the marketability of your property:
1) Is the unit clean? Cleanliness is of the utmost importance to tenants. Your property should be cleaned prior to any tenants coming in and soon after they leave. Everyone loves updated appliances and features, but we have found that if the property is clean and well maintained, tenants will generally be happy with it and continue to come back year after year.
2) Brightness of the property is important. If the property is bright and open, it helps with the comfort level of the tenants. This is easily achieved by light colored, neutral paint or pastels for a more coastal theme. Adding nice light fixtures and lighter linens/upholstery also helps with this. Remember, everyone comes down to be close to the beach and the water so if you can bring a little bit of that inside, that is never a bad thing.
3) Is there convenient access to shopping, restaurants, golf, and the fountain? Remember that the people that are coming down are coming for vacation in the cool Fountain Hills climate, so they can have access to dining, golf, shopping, and hiking is a very big factor for a lot of them.
4) Some minor things to consider are listed below:
- Flat screen TV’s in living room and master bedroom
- Reading lamps
- Recliner in living room
- Storage for tenants
- Washer/Dryer in the unit or on premises
- Assigned parking
This is by no means a list of everything that the property absolutely has to have to make it marketable, but it is a good starting point for those that are thinking about listing their properties for seasonal rent.
If you have questions about seasonal rentals, please contact Dawn Woods, Property Manager at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 480-816-5557. We can tell you more about seasonal rentals in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.