With the end of the school year fast approaching, many families have begun planning for their much anticipated annual vacation. While some clans are lucky enough to have second houses that they can visit at their leisure throughout the season, a lot of people choose to rent cottages on a weekly basis in some parts of the country once summer rolls around.
Another demographic is the individual who owns a home located in a tourist haven and allows renters to occupy it during the busy summer season. This is a great way to help pay for the property and can even be a lucrative practice to make a few extra dollars. However, vacation properties tend to get used and abused when renters with no more than a week's commitment to the maintenance of the property are frequently coming in and out of the space.
Not only that, but homes in coastal communities are often subjected to a wide array of weather events that can have a negative impact on the quality of a structure, from flooding during hurricane season to constant battering by heavy oceanfront winds.
If you are renting your home out this summer, you will likely need to schedule a home inspection at the beginning of the season so that you can be well aware of any health hazards or structural damage that may compromise your renters' safety. You should also be sure that you have an inspection at the end of the season so that you'll know what issues have come about since letting guests stay at your house.