Thinking of Renting Your Home on Cape Cod?

Nauset Lighthouse in Cape Cod-Massachusetts at sunset

Making extra cash from space you’re not using might sound simple enough. With so many people coming to the Cape each summer, it can be a fantastic stream of revenue. There’s a lot of responsibility involved so we’ve made a helpful checklist to see if you’re up to the challenge:

Are you a people person? Renting out a room or cottage can introduce you to all sorts of amazing people. Keep in mind that while some renters will want to get to know you and others will want their space.

How are your communication skills? Be prepared for multiple phone calls and emails with all types of questions. CapeCod.com takes some responsibility….see: The 10 things to consider before booking your summer rental

Are you tech savvy? More and more travelers are using online sites like VBRO, Homeaway, and Air B&B to book vacation homes. If you aren’t using these you could be missing out on potential business.


Are you detail oriented?
Brush up on your excel skills because you’ll need to keep up with bookings, deposits, signed contracts, payments, contact details, etc etc.

Are you flexible? No two rentals will be exactly the same. You’ll need to be available for unexpected circumstances like travel delays or maintenance issues during nonbusiness hours.

Are you a neat freak?
Cleanliness or rather lack thereof, is the most common complaint in a negative review. If you don’t think you’re up to the task of cleaning the rental each week, hire professionals.

If you failed the quiz, don’t worry. You can still make extra cash by renting your unit through an agent. They’ll take the management and the hassle out of your hands.

By Rebecca Romo, Lifestyle Reporter CapeCod.com



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