Now’s the Time to Prepare Your Vacation Home

Cape Cod is a playground for vacationers. If you’re lucky enough to own a rental home here, chances are you’ll have people lining up to spend their summer vacations in your home.

Now that the warmer weather will soon be upon us, that means it’s time to start thinking about opening that summer home on Cape Cod once again and having it clean and ready for either you and your family, or for renters who will be flocking to the Cape for their vacations and in need of a rental home.

Why not save time and effort by hiring a professional cleaning service to make that second home or rental property ready for you? Prestige Cleaning Services is already booking cleanings for the upcoming season, so now is the time to make a plan, according to owner Kharmel D’agulham.

Kharmel’s business has been doing vacation turnover cleaning for 10 years. As a self-named “organizational freak,” she and her team customize the housecleaning experience for each of their clients.

“I meet with the client before each cleaning to discuss their needs,” she said. “Rental cleaning is more than just a regular cleaning. Each client is different and each house is different. I visit each house with the client to go over what they need. We then create a checklist that we all adhere to, which can include not only the deep cleaning of the property like the floors, windows, cabinets, refrigerators, etc., but we make sure there are enough towels, linens, paper goods, and whatever else that client wants for their renters.”

Owner Kharmel D’agulham visits each home and creates a checklist for her cleaners.

She trains her team to keep track of the list. This checklist will tell them if the client wants sheets laundered, if they want the air conditioning turned on, if the client wants to include a gift basket for the renters, and, she says, if they see that something is broken from a previous renter, they rush to replace it before the next guest arrives.

“When we clean, we do the best job possible,” Kharmel said. “We also do 100-percent ‘green’ cleaning – no toxic products.” Prestige Cleaning doesn’t use any chemicals in their cleaning products, she said, allowing for safer, healthier homes. They provide all-natural cleaning with powerful eco-friendly products.

She added that her team checks the areas outside of the home as well. “We check the doorways and entrance areas, the condition of the outdoor furniture, the outdoor shower, even the grass for trash or debris, and clean that up right away if there is any.” When the cleaning is finished, the home is toured one last time to make sure everything on the list was addressed.

Opening second homes is different from rental properties, Kharmel said, in a number of ways. Not only will the second home receive the deep spring cleaning it needs, the home is checked for anything it lacks for a returning family.

“We have many clients in California and Florida who come for the season,” she said. “Sometimes they ask for a small grocery pickup, have us turn on the plumbing, and just have the place ready for them. Many times, they will ship boxes of clothes and whatever else they’ll need for the summer, and we will organize everything in the closets, so they don’t have to worry about it.” For these clients, they can arrange weekly cleanings, biweekly, or whatever the client desires.

The last day for rental turnover cleaning will be at the end of May, so there will be a cutoff in April, Kharmel said. This will allow her to assemble the team and estimate the number of people she will need for the season, so don’t wait. They offer a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee, and everything can be arranged through the website here, including scheduling, billing, cancellations and more.

If you are in need of a reliable, mindful, and thorough cleaning service to prepare your rental or second home for the summer season, Prestige may be right for you.

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