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Squad goals: Build the perfect maintenance team


Maintaining a short-term rental involves various tasks, and having a reliable team of professionals can make the process more efficient.


Here's a list of 12 key people and services you might need to effectively manage a short-term rental:


1. Cleaner


As we mention in our free e-book for hosts and property managers, your cleaner will be your VIP. A dependable cleaner is essential to maintain cleanliness. They should be thorough and efficient, ensuring the property is ready for the next guests. They should also report any issues immediately. If you have a regular cleaner, make sure you find a back up or two so they can step in during emergencies.


2. Handy person/property manager


A handy person or property manager can address minor repairs, maintenance issues, and handle any unexpected problems that may arise during stays. They should be available for quick responses.


3. Plumber


A plumber is crucial for addressing issues such as leaks, clogs, or any water-related problems. Having a plumber on call can help resolve these issues promptly. Be prepared to contact a plumber more than you might expect.


4. Electrician


An electrician can handle electrical repairs and ensure that all electrical systems in your property are in good working condition. This is crucial for guest safety.


5. Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) technician


If your property has heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, an HVAC technician can ensure they are functioning correctly. Regular maintenance is key to preventing issues.


6. Gardener


If your property has outdoor spaces, a gardener can maintain the landscaping, mow the lawn, trim bushes, and keep the exterior of the property well-maintained.

7. Pest control services


Regular pest control services can help prevent and address any pest issues that may arise.


8. Locksmith


A locksmith can assist with issues related to locks and keys. This includes rekeying, replacing locks, or addressing any problems with the property's entry systems.


9. Insurance agent


Work with an insurance agent who specialises in short-term rental insurance. Ensure that your property is adequately covered for potential risks.


10. Interior designer


An interior designer can help enhance the visual appeal of your property. This is important for attracting guests and creating a welcoming atmosphere.


11. Accountant


Keep your finances in order with the help of an accountant or bookkeeper. They can assist with tracking income, expenses, and ensuring compliance with tax regulations.


12. Legal advisor


Consult with a legal professional to ensure that your short-term rental business complies with local regulations. They can provide guidance on contracts, liability issues, and other legal matters.


Building a reliable team and establishing good communication with each member is crucial for the smooth operation of your short-term rental. Regularly assess your needs and the performance of your team to make adjustments as necessary.


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