Tens of millions of tourists visit the Hamptons every year, and according to a recent report from Sotheby’s International Realty, sales during the fourth quarter of 2021 were the second-highest on record. The demand for summer rental homes in the Hamptons remains strong and there are many new rentals and newly minted landlords renting for the first time. If you have a rental property in the Hamptons, here are ten ways to prepare it for the summer season.
Professional Deep clean
Make necessary repairs and Maintenance
Equally important as cleanliness, regular maintenance of your rental property should follow seasonal and annual schedules that incorporate HVAC system and filters, pool and pool equipment, gutters and drains, irrigation system, power washing roof and exterior sliding, re-staining decking, repainting, appliances, AV and internet, check smoke, CO, and pool alarms, BBQ and outdoor kitche, and any other updates. For some owners, it makes sense to use a caretaker to manage property maintenance and see our blog about the Best Rental Management Services in the Hamptons (Link) for more info.
Update the Interiors
A crucial selling point for a rental home is the decor. The general rule of thumb with rentals is, "less is more," so make sure to thoroughly declutter and remove any personal effects and fragile or offensive pieces. The signature aesthetic in the Hamptons is bright and beachy so think whites and neutral colors when repainting and redecorating. Performance fabrics add durability to furnishings and are worth consideration. Sisal and jute are versatile and affordable material options for area rugs. There's a wide range of price points for furnishings but you needn't always turn to the more expensive purveyors like Serena and Lily or Restoration Hardware; Crate and Barrel, CB2, and even TJ Maxx Home Goods are classic tricks of the trade for seasoned landlords and designers. For extra credit, if you want to make your interiors stand out from the usual sea of nautical themed decorations and all-white furnishings, inject statement pieces with unique pops of color and texture that feature your personal style.
Home or Hotel?
Primp the Grounds
Outdoor living spaces are magical in the Hamptons during the summer months. Make sure your landscaping is up to date with seasonal cleanups and regular service by your landscaper. When the temperatures warm and the ground softens, it's time to professionally open up the pool, pool houses, hot tubs, outdoor showers, and irrigation. Outdoor furniture and cushions should be properly stored or wrapped in the off-season. Depending on the material, power washing can be an effective cleaning tool for outdoor spaces and furnishings. It's worth noting that wood outdoor furniture is best used on decks, patios, and stone rather than grass which tends to degrade the material more quickly.
Establish house rules
Purchase a welcome gift
The Monogram Shop, East Hampton: 23 years ago, mother and daughter Valerie and Hadley Smith opened The Monogram Shop on Newtown Lane in East Hampton. Come here for all sorts of monogrammed goods, from tote bags to wine glasses and so much more!
Bluemercury, East Hampton: If you’re looking to give your guests a gift they can pamper themselves with, stop by Bluemercury! Bluemercury East Hampton is your destination for high-quality beauty products and expert advice.
Aerin: This is the perfect place to shop for a gift. Aerin offers luxurious, high-end gifts, from fragrant candles to bamboo cake servers and silk eye masks.
Sagaponack Farms Distillery: From seed to glass, this locally produced, craft vodka distillery puts together exceptional gift baskets at their tasting room in Sagaponack.
Compile Service Provider Contacts
Always provide your guests with a list of service providers and establish a protocol with the caretaker in case there is an issue. Aside from the police and fire department, add contact information for the caretaker/property manager, plumber, electrician, HVAC, locksmith, pool care, refuse removal, landscaper, cable/internet provider, electric company, and any other relevant utilities and service providers.