For holiday home owners, summer is both a busy and exciting time with back-to-back bookings and lots of guests to look after. Once you get into the peak summer season, it can be hard to get the time to do odd jobs on your property as well as the basic maintenance needed to turn it around for your next guest. That’s why here at Sykes, we’ve come up with a checklist of things for cottage owners to do before the summer to revive and refresh the exterior of your holiday cottage in order to make a great first impression for your guests and help ensure that their stay runs smoothly!
Ways to spring-clean your cottage exterior
- Give the windows a good clean. Obvious maybe, but a great way to help make a good first impression.
- Don’t forget to give window sills a clean too. Cleaning your window sills gives you the chance to check that they’re still in good nick- you’ll be able to see if any need repairing or replacing. If your window sills are painted and aren’t in good condition, you may also need to re-paint them after cleaning.
- Wash any other exterior paintwork on your property. This will instantly brighten up your cottage and again, help create a good first impression for your guests.
- Polish any house numbers, name plates, or any brass on the door.
How to revive your holiday cottage’s garden
- Start by clearing any leaves or plant debris that has collected over the colder months from any lawns, flower beds and ponds. You’ll want to pull up any weeds that have appeared- don’t forget that this isn’t just limited to the garden. Make sure to check your patios and driveways for any strays!
- Prune back any shrubs and bushes that are starting to look a little overgrown, particularly those that may slightly obscure the windows. If your property boasts nice views then you certainly don’t want a plant getting in the way of them!
- Buy some season-appropriate bedding plants for your garden to brighten it up a little. Plant pots and hanging baskets can also be nice ideas if you have the space.
- Outdoor lighting can really add to the ambience in a garden, especially when the weather’s warm and your guests fancy sitting out of an evening. Why not invest in some pretty solar lights- they’re very affordable and look really pretty when the sun’s gone down.
- Give your patio furniture a wipe down and if you have toys or a BBQ in the garden then make sure you give them a clean too and check that they’re all in good condition.
Other things to remember:
- Make sure that you check everything is working. Test out any outdoor lighting, doorbells, intercoms, key safes etc.
- If you have access to one, a pressure-washer is great for cleaning driveways, patios and decks.
Whether you’re one of our holiday cottage owners or even a potential guest looking for some tips for your own home, we really hope that you found these tips useful. If you have any tips of your own that you’d like to share with us then we’d love to hear them! You can do so via our Facebook or Twitter pages.