When you’re far way from your cottage property it doesn’t make sense to drive 2+ hours to clean up after every guest and prepare the space for your next guest. Sure if you do that you could save some money, but what you save in dollars you pay for in time and gas. Depending on the size of your vacation rental, you could be spending a ton of time cleaning after your guests have left. Remember: You may not be a hotel but your guests will expect your place to be clean and comfortable like a hotel. And trust us when we tell you that AirBnB guests have an eye for detail.
That means you’ve got to put in more than just a little elbow grease. To ensure you’re really ready for your next guests, you may need to set aside an entire day for your turnover cleaning. That can cut into your occupancy rates and, in the end, cost you more than you’re saving. If you’re doing the cleaning on your own, you’re sacrificing a lot. It’s easier if you’ve got family to help but that’s often not the case, especially if you’re renting an out of town property in cottage country.