Rental Home Items

Rental Home Items




We're heading down in a few weeks to get the house ready for our first rental season and I've been thinking to myself "do we have everything we need?". So I figured I'd ask you guys, Have you ever gotten to your OBX rental and something that you needed or wanted wasn't there?

I'll answer my own question to start - Beach chairs, bottle/wine opener, can opener.


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Scizzors, proper kitchen knife set, large cutting board =)


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We're heading down in a few weeks to get the house ready for our first rental season and I've been thinking to myself "do we have everything we need?". So I figured I'd ask you guys, Have you ever gotten to your OBX rental and something that you needed or wanted wasn't there?

I'll answer my own question to start - Beach chairs, bottle/wine opener, can opener.

MikeD84


Crab/Clam steamer pot. This item has been discussed on this board frequently.


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We have been very lucky in that everything anyone could possibly want was in he house we rent. Now, you mentioned beach chairs...I would never think of a rental supplying beach chairs. Deck furniture naturally, but not chairs for the beach!! Am I wrong??


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We have been very lucky in that everything anyone could possibly want was in he house we rent. Now, you mentioned beach chairs...I would never think of a rental supplying beach chairs. Deck furniture naturally, but not chairs for the beach!! Am I wrong??

MichiganJulia



Generally no, I wouldn't expect a rental to supply beach chairs but in our case it was listed as a supplied item and wasn't provided.


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Sharp knife, favorite spices. We bring a crock pot- but we cook for a crowd, and a crock pot makes it easy. We rent thru Twiddy, and they have at least 5 beach chairs in their rentals, but I still bring mine! Sun screen, bug spray. We also bring cleaning supplies that we get at Dollar Tree.


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My most frequent comments recieved have been pots/pans with
No matching lids or burned up, no cookie pans or broiler pans either missing or burned up (uncleaned at checkout and useless) in spite of the fact we start the season with all of the above new. Beat up


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I second the comments on bringing your own good knives, spices and a decent frying pan. We’ve also encountered missing grilling tools, no coffee filters, and no wine opener. (But I usually hit up the dollar store once I see what’s missing). If you have space in the car, bringing your own is a great idea.


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We've added these items mostly due to comments on this board:
Crock Pot
Set of sharp knives
Keurig (along with regular coffee maker)
a few coolers for the beach, beach chairs,
bedroom alarm clocks with USB chargers (to charge phones)
replacement teflon pans (every year)
batteries: we replace all batteries in all the remotes right before rental season


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One item we missed when it wasn't in a rental is a toaster. Another thing that disappoints us is long grass in the yard. We find it's a haven for mosquitoes. If I owned a rental I make sure to provide a good plunger. I'd have to say that the homes we have rented have been well equipped, with the exception of the toaster. Good luck as an owner. I hope all your guests treat your home as if they owned it.


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My late mother used to ask us at the beginning of every trip "tell me what you forgot and I will tell you how to do without it" and thus I learned early how to be creative with what I had.

But that being said - what I miss most are 1) Labels on light switches telling me what is what. 2) Directions for all the electronics.

I don't need either of these things to have a nice vacation - but it certainly makes it easier to ensure I don't leave a spot light running all night and annoy neighbors. On a recent vacation I spent the first three days reading by flashlight because I was unaware of some dimmer switches.

I am with the other posters - a good big pot for a clam bake, knifes, non-stick pans, etc are all important to me - but I have learned to just pack them rather than expect them to be there at the rental.


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I’m a minimalist packer, and generally can make do with whatever is provided. The small kitchen gadgets, ie corkscrew, can opener, etc for some unknown reason make their way home with previous renters. Those we usually replace from the local stores and leave as a ‘house gift’. Hubby always travels with a knife sharpener for fishing knives, so he sharpens rentals’ knives, too.


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As a owner of a rental home I can tell you that most of the owners on here are very conscientious of providing a fairly decent kitchen set up for homes. We love to cook when we come down since as a owner "going out" every night is not that big of a deal and the visits in the off season are much more family/home based just because of closures and weather makes it a reality.

We provide a good set of pots and pans with lids. We replace baking sheets every 2 years and put new cutting boards each season . We get a new counter top knife set every year or two and also provide mixing bowls a mixer, crock pot, rice steamer a electric flat griddle, crab steamer, full set of 12 place settings for the table, serving spoons, spatulas, strainers, coffee mugs wine glasses and plastic cups.Both a manual and electric can opener and a conventional coffee maker

The grill is a dual gas and wood unit and we leave grill tools and grill scrubbers.

Problem is no rental company will account for your belongings and no matter what you do things "walk away" either by accident or theft and there is no recourse whatsoever for the owner. It is VERY hard to put a new set of pots and pans in your house when a renter steals your lids...yes just the lids from your pots and the rental company says " sorry there is nothing we can do about that."
I would not recommend providing or advertising beach chairs they either fall apart or are taken home by renters and then you are stuck. If you are serious contact a local rental company to provide them continually or at a discount to your renters and they can take care of it for you.
We usually end up with 12,750+/- paper coffee filters at the end of the rental season


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Just a few of things:
- A knife sharpener. Even if you provide sharp knives, they are not staying sharp for very long.
- A good broom and dustpan, primarily for the kitchen area.
- A few pots and pans that are LARGE, especially if the house accommodates a large number of people.
- A colander.
- Lastly, good quality outdoor furniture.

Thanks for asking us for suggestions

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Labeling the light switches is a brilliant idea! I always appreciate when the owners have a binder on the coffee table with info on the house including the wifi password, tv channel list and how to use the tv remotes.


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We have been very lucky in that everything anyone could possibly want was in he house we rent. Now, you mentioned beach chairs...I would never think of a rental supplying beach chairs. Deck furniture naturally, but not chairs for the beach!! Am I wrong??

MichiganJulia


As an owner, I think of what I would want as a renter, so I try to provide as much as possible for renters so they have an enjoyable time and aren’t too inconvenienced with having to go get stuff.
Due to the fact that things get ruined, go missing, whatever, I don’t list any of the “extras” in my listing. This way I don’t get complaints when items are not there that were not advertised.
Some extras I always try to have in the house:
Stocked kitchen
Juicer (unnecessary)
Keurig and 2 coffee pots
Spice rack
2 grills (built in park grill and propane grill)
6-8 beach chairs (cheapies, with a few backups in the owners closet)
Beach cart (absolute necessity)
Beach toys, games (always go missing or disappear)
Electric wine openers (2 seasons still there, lucky)
Karaoke machine (completely unnecessary, but fun)
Hammock (nice touch)
Frozen drink maker (on the fence about keeping it out)
2 different gaming systems (good to have for kids, although I have noticed they get moved around to different TVs and mess up the cable)
2 stereos (same as gaming systems, they tend to get moved around)
Edit:flat screens & cable in every room, total of 10 TVs
Since I’ve only owned for 2 years, I still try to add stuff every year I guess until it gets old or I get tired of throwing money away.


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We have been very lucky in that everything anyone could possibly want was in he house we rent. Now, you mentioned beach chairs...I would never think of a rental supplying beach chairs. Deck furniture naturally, but not chairs for the beach!! Am I wrong??

MichiganJulia


We supply 6 beach chairs, 2 umbrellas and beach cart.

Our kitchen is well stocked with a nice selection of pots and pans along with a large steamer pot. We have a nice selection of sharp knives in a wooden block holed in addition to additional steak knives in the culinary drawer.

We replace cutting boards, frying pans and baking pans every year. We have both regular coffee maker along with K-cup along with blender and four slice toaster.

We have a 3 ring binder in the bookcase in the Greatroom with information on everything in the home. Every tv has a binder with the channel listings, there are over 230 channels along wit HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. We also provide Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on the TV in the Greatroom and both Master Bedrooms. We have six LED flat screen TVs in total. There is a stereo radio with CD player in the Greatroom.

We have a nice selection of board games along with several decks of cards.

All ight switches and fan switches are labeled along with all the shelves in the kitchen showing where everything is.

All of our deck furniture is the heavyweight PVC type and we have a heavyweight PVC swing on the second floor deck facing the ocean.

We have 10 PVC chairs in the pool area along with 2 PVC chaise loungers with several side tables. We also have picnic bench under the deck in the front of the home. We also have a nice heavyweight PVC bench in the area near the charcoal BBQ.

I can’t think of anything else we could supply.






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Wifi information (although we have had a rental that only had wired internet). Don't care either way, as long as it's there with instructions for username/passwords etc. TV channel list, not everyone has the same TV provider.

A good broom is really nice and if you have a carpet a good vacuum (doesn't not have to be expensive, but does need suction power).

Otherwise plates, silverware, pots, pans, comfortable furniture.


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What about a blender? I was going to replace our leaking Oster for our rental home with another but my husband said to replace it with a Jimmy Buffet Margaretaville machine since he thinks the only reason anyone would need a blender is for mixed drinks. That is true for us but is that the case for most of you? If so, I may consider his suggestion.


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What about a blender? I was going to replace our leaking Oster for our rental home with another but my husband said to replace it with a Jimmy Buffet Margaretaville machine since he thinks the only reason anyone would need a blender is for mixed drinks. That is true for us but is that the case for most of you? If so, I may consider his suggestion.

Babylin


Would it work for smoothies? That's typically what I use blenders for.


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What about a blender? I was going to replace our leaking Oster for our rental home with another but my husband said to replace it with a Jimmy Buffet Margaretaville machine since he thinks the only reason anyone would need a blender is for mixed drinks. That is true for us but is that the case for most of you? If so, I may consider his suggestion.

Babylin


I have a blender, and this, might be what your husband is referring to and I have to say it’s awesome. The issue with this is cleaning, I can’t guarantee it’s clean for every renter, probably attracts more bugs then necessary, and probably makes its way outside to attract even more bugs. I’m on the fence about keeping it out because I do get complaints about bugs, which I really can’t control anyway.




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Wow! Sweet! He would love that one. Such good points about keeping it clean for folks. That is similar to our waffle maker. It's just one of those things that never is 100% clean. i guess we are back to getting a blender - The Ninja.


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We have been very lucky in that everything anyone could possibly want was in he house we rent. Now, you mentioned beach chairs...I would never think of a rental supplying beach chairs. Deck furniture naturally, but not chairs for the beach!! Am I wrong??

MichiganJulia


According to my rental agreement with Twiddy, they require me to have 5 beach chairs for renters.


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Wow! Sweet! He would love that one. Such good points about keeping it clean for folks. That is similar to our waffle maker. It's just one of those things that never is 100% clean. i guess we are back to getting a blender - The Ninja.

Babylin


I just got this one last season and I had comments from our management company on how the renters loved it. The weekly cleaners most likely don’t clean it, so the cleanliness will always be an issue, but it is a conversation piece that people love, myself included.