Short Term Rental Winterization

Short Term Rental Winterization

Every homeowner knows that as the weather gets colder, there are a few projects to add to the to-do list to be sure the home is ready for the chilly months ahead. But what about those who own short-term rental properties? What needs to be done to those homes? If you let maintenance get away from you, you’re in for some hefty repair bills, so skip the headache and use this list to check off those tasks that are all too easy to forget. It will increase the longevity of your property while also ensuring your guests have a completely problem-free stay.  Here are a few steps to help with short term rental winterization. 
 
1. Clean Out Those Gutters
It’s one of the most common projects of the season but sometimes also one of the most dreaded. However, by removing leaves from your gutters, you prevent the later formation of ice dams, which occur when water cannot drain through the gutters and instead freezes, leading to the water and snow being trapped on the roof through the winter. The accumulation can eventually seep into the home and cause water damage. However, this can all be avoided with a quick clean-out of the gutters.
 
TIP: Take this time to cut down overgrown brush or tree limbs that may be close to gutters. Use this inspection time to look for openings in the house that could be an access point for small animals or rodents that will be seeking refuge from the elements. Not only can they disturb guests, but they can eat electrical wiring and insulation.
 
2. Give the Furnace a Checkup
It’s been a long, hot summer where the HVAC system hasn’t had to do any heating at all. Before you kick it on for the first time you have guests this winter, consider calling in a professional to make sure everything is in good, safe working order and save yourself the frustration and embarrassment of a guest calling in the middle of the night saying there’s no heat.
 
TIP: HVAC issues are the most common source of bad guest experiences in cold months. Keep 2-3 space heaters in a closet for guests to use in the event of an HVAC issue. Look for one that doesn’t have exposed heating elements that can cause burgs or are a potential fire hazard. I like ceramic heaters that automatically shut off if they turn over.
 
3. Replace Furnace Filters
Furnaces need regular maintenance in addition to their once-a-season tuneups. Find time between guests each month to go in and change furnace filters so that airflow stays clean and energy-efficient. This should be done every 2-3 months. 
 
TIP: Be sure to set a reminder on your calendar and keep a supply on site so your cleaner or property manager can handle the replacement for you. 
 
4. Reverse the Ceiling Fans
This one’s easy: when the cold weather gets here to stay, go in between guests and reverse all the ceiling fans. By having them run clockwise through the winter, they will circulate the hot air through the room, keeping the house warmer and the guests comfier for cheaper.
 
5. Caulk It Up
Walk through the space and determine if there are any drafts or gaps around the windows and doors. If there are, bring in some caulk to seal it, preventing brisk breezes and a loss of heating. 
 
TIP: Don’t forget about doors and windows as well. Draft stoppers and new weather stripping may be needed in places to help keep the heat in and the cold out. Guests like to be comfortable during their stay, and sometimes that means turing up the heat.  The more heat we keep in the house the more money kept in the wallet. 
 
6. Run the Pipes
If you know it’s going to be a literally freezing night and you don’t have guests, go to the property and run some water through the pipes to ensure they don’t freeze and cause massive damage. It can be hard to remember, so set a reminder on your phone the moment you learn that temperatures are plummeting.
 
7. Keep It Leaf-Free
Fortunately as we progress into winter, this task becomes less and less necessary as all the leaves finish falling, but for now, it’s a job that must be done. Prevent your property from looking like the Addams family manor by raking up and disposing of all leaves. A clean exterior makes an unequivocal impression on guests, so get those leaves up to guarantee a pleasant entry.
 
8. Stock Up on Snow Equipment
Depending on the exterior driveways/walkways, think about stocking the property with snow removal equipment so guests don’t wind up snowbound. Shovels are the obvious choice but also consider stocking salt to prevent pavement freezing. If we’ve had a major snowfall prior to a guest’s arrival, stop by the property and be sure all walkways are clear of snow, reducing liability risks and ensuring guest safety.
 
9) Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors
In winter months, windows and doors are kept closed as much as possible. This can cause the air inside the house to become stale, which is a perfect way for carbon monoxide fumes to accumulate.  Be sure to test carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in good working order. And know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning incase a guest becomes ill. 
 
10) Turn Down The Heat Between Guests
If your short term rental is not located in an urban area or in a popular winter or ski destination, chances are that winter months can be slower, which means time between guests may be longer than high season. Be sure to adjust your thermostat accordingly by turning the temperature down to a low, but comfortable setting between guests. Smart thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature remotely. But for those who have traditional thermostats, make sure to talk to your cleaners about adjusting the temperature for you.  I prefer 65 degrees. This temperature will protect your pipes, and guests can make adjustments when they arrive. 
 
Bonus Tip: Batteries
This isn’t so much weather-related as it is general maintenance that easily falls out of mind. Every so often, go to the property and change out batteries in all remotes, smoke detectors and small battery-operated appliances to keep guests annoyance-free during their stay.
 
TIP: Keep an extra supply of AA and AAA batteries in a kitchen drawer for the late night calls when TV remotes stop working. 

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NULU – What To Do

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Looking for something to do? Check out this calendar of events:

Restaurants

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse (B,L,P)
401 E Main Street, 502-515-0174
M -Th: 11am – Midnight; F – Sat: 11am – 2am; Sun 10am – 10pm (Brunch Menu 10-2:30)
(Kitchen closes nightly at 10pm)

Butchertown Grocery (L,B)
1076 E Washington St, (502) 742-8315
M – Sun: 11AM – 10PM; Sat – Sun Brunch: 11AM – 4PM

Butchertown Pizza Hall (L)
1301 Story Ave, (502) 384-8528
Sun – Th: 11AM – 10 PM; F – Sat: 11AM – 12 AM

Butchertown Social
1601 Story Ave, (502) 890-3892
M -Sat: 4PM – 2AM (Happy Hour 4P – 6P); Closed Sunday

Decca (LM,P)
812 E Market St, (502) 749-8128
M – Sat 5:30PM – 10p; Closed Sunday

Feast BBQ (Try the Bourbon Slushy)
909 E Market St, 502.749.9900
T – Th: 11am – 10pm; F – Sat 11am – 12am; CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY

Galaxie (Try the guacamole and Spicy Margarita)(LM)
732 E Market St, 502.690.6595
T – Th: 3PM – 1AM; F – Sat: 12PM – 3AM

Garage Bar (wood-fired pizza, Ham, Oysters)(B,P)
700 E Market St; (502) 749-7100
M – Th: 5pm – 10pm; F – Sat: 11am – 11pm; Sun: 11 am – 10pm

Grind Burger Kitchen(P)
829 E Market St; 502-213-0277
T – Sat: 11am – 10pm; Sun: 11am – 8pm; Closed Monday

Harvest (Locally Sourced Ingredients) (B)
624 E Market St; (502) 384-9090
Dinner – T – Sat: 5PM – 10PM; Brunch: F – Sun: 10AM-2:30PM; Closed Monday

Hi-Five Doughnuts
1011 E Main St; (502) 409-5584
W – F: 6:30AM – 2PM; Sat – Sun: 7am – 2pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday

Macaron Bar
707 E Market St; (502) 513-4303
M – Th: 11am – 7pm; F – Sat: 11am – 9pm; Sun: 10am – 4pm

The Mayan Cafe (L)
813 E Market St, (502) 566-0651
M – Th: 4pm – 11pm; F: 4pm – 12am; Sat: 12pm – 12am; Closed Sunday
Lunch: M – F: 11am – 2:30pm

Muth’s Candy Store
630 E Market St; (502) 585-2952
T – F: 8:30am – 4pm; Sat: 10am – 4pm; Closed Sunday

Pho Ba Luu – Saigon Street Food (L,P)
1019 E Main St; (502) 384-6822
Lunch: M – Sat: 11am – 3pm; Dinner: M – Sat: 5pm – 9pm; Closed Sunday

Royal’s Hot Chicken (P)
736 E Market St, (502) 919-7068
T – Th: 11:30AM – 10PM; F – Sat: 11:30AM – 11PM; Closed Sun & Mon

RYE (L,P)
900 E Market St; (502) 749-6200
T – Sat: 5PM – ?; Closed Sunday and Monday
(Bar open Late)

Toast on Market (B,L)
620 East Market Street, 502.569.4099
T – F: 7AM – 2PM; Sat – Sun: 8AM – 2PM

Weekly Juicery
632 East Market Street, 502-882-2822
M -F: 7:30AM – 6:30PM; Sat – Sun: 10PM – 5PM

Wild Eggs (B,L)
121 South Floyd Street, (502) 690-5925
M – F: 6:30AM – 2:30PM; Sat – Sun 7:00AM – 3:00PM

Wild Rita’s (L)
445 E Market St. (502) 584-RITA
M – TH: 11AM – 10PM; F: 11AM – 11PM; Sat: 4PM – 11PM; Sun: 4PM – 9PM

Wiltshire on Market
636 East Market Street, (502) 589-5224
Th: 5pm – 10pm; F – Sat: 5pm – 11pm; Sun: 5pm – 9:30pm

B = Great for Brunch
L = Open for Lunch
NF = No Food
LM = Live Music (call ahead or visit website)
P = Great patio or outdoor space

Bars

Galaxie (Try the guacamole and Spicy Margarita)(LM)
732 E Market St, 502.690.6595
T – Th: 3PM – 1AM; F – Sat: 12PM – 3AM

Garage Bar (wood-fired pizza, Ham, Oysters)(B,P)
700 E Market St; (502) 749-7100
M – Th: 5pm – 10pm; F – Sat: 11am – 11pm; Sun: 11 am – 10pm

Haymarket Whisky Bar (Top whiskey bar)
331 E Market St, (502) 442-0523
Sun – F: 4PM – 2AM; Sat: 2PM – 2AM

Louisville Beer Store (NF)
746 E Market St, (502) 569-2337
M – Th: 3pm – 10pm; F: 1pm – 12am; Sat: 12pm – 12am; Sun: 1pm – 7pm

Lola at Butchertown Grocery (Reservations Preferred on Weekends) (NF,LM)
(Upstairs at Butchertown Grocery)
1076 E Washington St, (502) 742-8315
Sun – Th: 6PM – 11PM; F – Sat: 6PM – 2AM

Nouvelle Wine Bar
214 S Clay St
M – Th: Noon – 10pm; F – Sun: Noon – Midnight; Sun: Noon – 8PM

The Taj (P, NF)
807 East Market, 877-825-6858
M – Sat: 4pm – 4am; Sun 12pm – 4am

Breweries

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse (B,L,P)
401 E Main Street, 502-515-0174
M -Th: 11am – Midnight; F – Sat: 11am – 2am; Sun 10am – 10pm

Akasha Brewing Company
909 E Market St; (502) 742-7770
(Allows outside food. We recommend Feast BBQ)

Goodwood Brewing Company
636 E Main St; 502-584-BREW
M – T: 4pm – 9pm; W – Th: 4pm – 10pm; F: 4PM – 11PM; Sat: 1PM – 11PM; Sun: 12PM – 6PM

Coffee Shop

Please & Thank You β€œMark”
800 E Market St; (502) 553-0113
M – Sat: 7am – 7pm; Sun: 8am – 4pm
β€œBest Chocolate Chip Cookie in the City”

Quills
802 E Main St; (502) 742-6129
M – F: 6:30AM – 9PM; Sat: 8AM – 9PM; Sun: 8AM – 6PM

Entertainment & Activities

Angels Envy Distillery (Tours Available)
500 E Main St; (502) 890-6300
M – Sat: 10am – 5pm (No Tours Tuesday); Sun: 1pm – 5pm
Tours by RESERVATION only

Big Four Walking Bridge (Old Railroad Bridge – Crosses Ohio River)
River Road at Clay St.
24/7

Copper & Kings Distillery
1121 E Washington St; (502) 561-0267
Book a Tour

Extreme Park (Skateboard Park)
531 Franklin St
24/7

Flying Axes (Indoor Axe Throwing)
146 N Clay St; (855) 538-7293
T -Th: 2pm – 10pm; F: 2pm – Midnight; Sat: Noon – Midnight; Sun: Noon – 10pm
Book a Session

Garage Bar (Great Outdoor Evening Spot)
700 E Market St; (502) 749-7100
M – Th: 5pm – 10pm; F – Sat: 11am – 11pm; Sun: 11 am – 10pm

Hyland Glass (Blow your own glass)
721 E Washington St; (502) 384-2569
$65 per person

Louisville FC Soccer
401 E Main St; (502) 384-8799
Watch for 2018 Season Schedule

Louisville Slugger Baseball
401 E Main St; (855) 228-8497
Season Schedule

Rabbit Hole Distilling
711 E Jefferson St

Thomas Edison House (Historic House Tour)
729 E Washington St; (502) 585-5247
T – Sat: 10am – 2pm
*Please note – all guided tours are led by volunteers, it is suggested to call ahead and confirm operating hours.
$5/adults; $4/seniors 60 & over; $3/students and free for children 5 & under

Play Nightclub (Dance, Drag)
1101 E Washington St; (502) 882-3615
F – S: 9pm – 4am (check website for weekday schedule)

Waterfront Park (on River Road)
401 River Rd
M – Sun: 6am – 11pm

Exercise & Fitness

Climb NuLu (Indoor Rock Climbing)
1000 E Market St; (502) 540-0072
M W F: 11AM – 10PM; T & Th: 6:30am – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 10AM – 9PM
$15 DAY PASS WITH RENTALS

Crossfit in the Ville
721 E Main St; (502) 235-4545

Yoga @ Climb Nulu
1000 E Market St; (502) 540-0072

Art

Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art
642 E Market St; (502) 303-7259
W – Sat: 1pm – 6pm and by appointment

The Green Building Gallery
732 East Market Street, Third Floor; (502) 561-1162
M – F: 9am – 5pm; Closed Saturday and Sunday

PYRO Art Gallery
909 E Market St # 400; (502) 587-0106

Swanson Contemporary Gallery
638 E Market St; (502) 589-5466
(See the rear sculpture garden)

Zephyr Gallery
610 E Market St; (502) 585-5646
Th – Sat: 11am – 6pm

Shopping

– Clothing

BLoFISH Clothing Co. (Unisex)
714 E Market St; (502) 727-2007

Mabel & Moss (Women)
350 W Chestnut St (inside Hilton Garden Inn)

– Antiques, Furniture, and Home Furnishings

Barry Wooley Designs
835 E Main St; (502) 569-7101

Bittners
High end furniture and accessories
731 E Main St; (502) 584-6349

Jason Cohen Wood Artisan (Bourbon Barrel Furniture)
218 S Shelby St; (502) 553-9663

Joe Ley Antiques
615 E Market St; (502) 583-4014

Louisville Antique Market
845 E Jefferson St; (502) 217-0085
M – Sun: 10AM – 6PM

Mellwood Antique Mall
1860 Mellwood Ave; (502) 895-1306
Sun – Th: 10am – 5pm; F – Sat: 10am – 6pm

Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Ave; (502) 895-3650
Several shops and artist galleries/workspaces

– Gift Shops and Boutiques

Lou-A-Bull
1015 E Main St; (502) 883-3040
M – Sat: 11am – 7pm; Sun: 12pm – 5pm

Mahonia
806 E Market St; (502) 785-4534
T – Sat: 10am – 6pm; Sun: 11am – 4pm
Flowers, candles, and small gifts

Peace of the Earth
801 E Market St; (502) 690-5707
M – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 12pm – 3pm

Red Tree
701 E Market St; (502) 582-2555
M – Th: 10am – 5pm; F – Sat: 10am – 6pm; Sun: 10am – 4pm

Rellek
817 E Market St; (502) 365-4222

Revelry Boutique Gallery
742 E Market St; (502) 414-1278
T – Sat: 11am – 7pm; Sun – M: 11am – 5pm

Scout
720 E Market St; (502) 584-8989
M – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 11am – 3pm

Taste Fine Wines and Bourbons
634 E Market St; (502) 409-4646

Personal Care

Bays Boutique
214 S Clay St; (502) 413-0256
High end skin care boutique

Dollface Brows & Beauty
207 S Shelby St; (502) 303-4476

Cobalt Hair Lab
748 E Market St; (502) 589-0002

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