The Essential Vacation Rental Inspection Checklist

How do you inspect your vacation rental? With a quick walkthrough? A speedy inspection can save time now but cause headaches down the road. 

That’s why it’s important to do a thorough cleanliness inspection. Inspecting after every guest can make sure the unit is up to your standards. It can also improve the guest experience.

What do you need to do for a detailed vacation rental cleanliness inspection? That’s what we’ll cover in this post. First, let’s take a look at why thorough vacation rental inspections matter.

Why are detailed vacation rental cleanliness inspections important?

Inspecting your property after every guest can feel like a chore, particularly for larger property portfolios. Even with proper staffing to support your growing portfolio, it can be challenging to allocate enough time to properly inspect each unit. 

But here’s the thing, it pays to take the time to thoroughly inspect each property for cleanliness and check that all appliances and property features are functioning as expected. Here are the top reasons you should do regular vacation rental cleanliness inspections:

Maintain property condition

Inspections give you a chance to look through your property after one guest checks out and before the next guest checks in. Checking for overall cleanliness, wear and tear, appliance functionality, and more will help you keep the property in top shape. In peak season, back-to-back arrivals make it tempting to skip pre-arrival inspections. However, it’s perhaps the most important time to give unit inspections extra awareness, paying close attention to over-used appliances and high traffic areas. 

Skipping after check-out and pre-arrival inspections can lead to more than a dirty room, so it’s always best to spend a few extra minutes working through each item on your property inspection checklist. No one wants to book a beautiful vacation rental – only to find it dirty when they get there. Regular cleanliness inspections can help you avoid this.  

Better guest experience

Routine vacation rental cleanliness inspections also improve the guest experience. Guests want to vacation at your property to get away from daily stress. Not to frantically run to buy shampoo, paper towels, or anything else your vacation rental is expected to provide.

Inspections ensure your rental is clean, orderly, and fully stocked with essentials or ‘starter amenities’ typically offered by professional property managers. Guests will arrive at a spotless rental that has everything they need. Your guests can get straight to enjoying their vacation – earning you rave reviews, repeat guests, and more business.

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What should you look for during a vacation rental inspection?

The key to an effective inspection is checking everything. Here’s every area you need to focus on for a great vacation rental inspection:


Before starting on individual rooms, you should check appliances (like the refrigerator) and equipment (like HVAC) are clean. You should also inspect lighting for dust and dirt. While inspecting inside, you should also make sure all electronics (like TVs and WiFi) are clean and dust-free.


In the kitchen, you should make sure all faucets and light fixtures are clean and working, and check cabinets for damage. During your inspection, you should restock supplies (like trash bags and soap). And, check kitchen walls, floors, counters, and backslashes for damage, dirt, and dust.


For bathroom inspections, ensure all plumbing, and fixtures have been cleaned. You should check showers, toilets, and sinks for dirt. For guests, you should replenish toiletries (like shampoo and soap). It’s also a good idea to make sure mirrors, blinds, windows, walls, and floors are thoroughly wiped down.    


When inspecting bedrooms, you should look for furniture cleanliness. You should also make sure all beds have fresh linens. Like other rooms, you should inspect the floors, walls, windows, and light fixtures for dirt. And, you should check that closets are clean and stocked with backup linens.

Living areas

Lastly, you should inspect living areas (like living/dining rooms and lounge spaces). You should make sure any furniture is in good shape. Then, you should check floors, walls, windows, blinds, and light fixtures. It’s also a good idea to make sure living rooms/lounges have pillows and blankets for guest comfort.

Wrapping It Up

Vacation rental cleanliness inspections can keep your property in top shape. Detailed inspections can also boost the guest experience and generate repeat business. But, to get the benefits, you need to do a thorough, consistent cleanliness inspection – which can be a time suck.

With BeHome247’s digitized inspections, you can do a detailed vacation rental cleanliness inspection in no time. BeHome247 can automate the inspection dispatch process to save time. To ensure cleaning quality and consistency, BeHome247 allows both inspectors and guests to rate housekeeping.

After evaluating housekeeping performance, you can add or subtract money paid to your housekeeping vendor with BeHome247. When it’s time to pay vendors, you can create invoices on the same platform. This expedites payment and saves time by doing everything in one place.

Along with inspections, BeHome247 is also a complete property and device management platform. BeHome247 can automate many of your other day-to-day operations. It can streamline maintenance, work orders, guest communication, check-in/out, housekeeping scheduling, and more. With BeHome247, you can save hours every week – so you have more time to focus on what matters.

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