Owners Now the busy season is over for most of us (winter hot spots just ramping up) take stock of the wear and tear of a long summer of rental and spend some time do all those things that tend to get set aside with the busy period of regular changeovers. Here’s just a few tasks to freshen up the place and make it ready for the festive season.Update the welcome guide – replace any pages that have become dog-eared and worn. Think about a winter project to make it a really comprehensive information pack, or create an online version to put on an iPad.Refresh tourist info – replace all the out of date summer literature and brochures with the new season’s material.Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – we usually change the batteries twice a year when the clocks change to and from daylight savings time.Tidy all board games – check for pieces, replenish note pads and pencils, make sure all dice are in place, and replace any games that have seen better days.Check and change all pillows if required – using pillow protectors will give pillows a longer life but after a lot of use they will get flat and uncomfortable. Replace before they begin to look as if they need replacing.Change out lighter summer bedding with cosier options – swap out light comforters with goose down duvets and new covers.Clear out the junk drawer – it’s amazing how much junk collects over a summer of rentals.Take rodent precautions – If the property is likely to be empty for any period of time, take steps to ensure that non-paying guests don’t take up residence. Check out this Wiki How article for tips of keeping your home free from rodents.Rewash plates and glasses – when was the last time you checked the bottom plates in a pile in the cupboard. Would you know if someone had put back a dirty plate?Replace worn table linens – Is it time to buy new napkins or place mats? With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s a great time to ring the changes and redo the décor.Copy all testimonials from guest book – these can be used on your website and marketing literature. Make sure you’ve acted on any suggestions your guests have made.Check and replace utensils where required – vacation rentals are often parodied for their rusty can openers and blunt knives; make sure yours doesn’t fall into that stereotype.Refresh complimentary food items – such as herbs and spices, coffee and tea. These go stale over time so need to be regularly replaced.Replenish stocks of light bulbs, batteries and fuses – these become depleted over a busy season of rental so make sure that guests haven’t put old/used items back in the place where they got the replacements.Check flashlight batteries – when was the last time you did that?What else should we be doing at this time of year? Is there something I’ve missed? Please share the tasks you do that I haven’t included on this list – let’s add some more!