How to Prepare a Property for a Vacation Rental


If you are thinking of using your Noval Properties home in the Dominican Republic as a vacation rental, you will need to know how to properly prepare your property.

The easiest way to do this is to take advantage of Noval Properties’ extensive Property Management services, which cover all the essential aspects of running a vacation rental in the Dominican Republic.

If you prefer to do the work yourself, then Noval Properties has come up with a list of some important tasks that will need to be carried out to help you prepare a property for a vacation rental.


1. Thorough Clean

The first thing is to ensure your home is clean and tiny, which means removing any clutter. Thoroughly clean all surfaces and windows and vacuum into the corners. Clean all your glass surfaces and polish the furniture to make it shine.  Ensure your kitchens and bathrooms are sparkling clean. Change all your bed linen. Due to COVID, you will need to repeat this deep cleaning regime after every visit. Alternatively, hire professional cleaners to do this.

2. Light and Bright

Bring in as much natural light as possible, so your home looks bright and welcoming. Cut back any trees and shrubs that are blocking the light. Move furniture that is obscuring your windows and patio doors. If your interior paintwork is too dark, considered using a lighter colour. You can also use various sources of artificial light to ensure your home looks attractive.

3. Ground Care

Don’t forget to focus on caring for the outside of your rental property as well as the inside. Regularly cut the grass and prune and tidy the trees and shrubs and maintain hard landscaping including paths and walkways. Clean and tidy any outside eating areas. Make sure your pool is in pristine condition and is clean and sanitised and the water regularly tested.

4. Fee Levels and Accountancy

Thoroughly research the market to ensure your Dominican Republic rental property is listed at the right price for clients and so you can maintain high occupancy levels and achieve your target return-on-turnover. Compare with similar properties in your location. When you are renting out your Dominican Republic property you need to keep careful track of your income and expenditure and instantly see the bottom line. If you do not have expertise in this area, hire a professional to do this for you. With Noval Properties’ rental management service, we take care of all the financial aspects of your property rental and offer a 6% guaranteed rental income. Rental can be on a short-term or long-term basis.

5. Guest Communication

Setting up effective guest communications is vital to ensure you track their needs from the first time they make contact through to leaving and after-care. You should make it a priority to respond promptly and professionally to all issues. You will need a reliable system to track guest communications, which can be found online. Happy guests are a great source of positive reviews. If you have an issue, find out the details and provide a considered and respectful response. If the guest complaint was justified, take prompt steps to put it right. 

6. List the Essentials

Provide detailed instructions for rental property guests on how to operate TVs, wi-fi connections, appliances, air-conditioning and heating and more. Clearly list house rules and leave contact information in case of emergencies. Include recommendations of local leisure and entertainment attractions, restaurants and bars, shopping and transport options.


Noval Properties has more than two decades of experience in building and renting top-class accommodation in luxury resorts beside beaches and golf courses in and around the popular tourist hotspot of Punta Cana.

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