3 Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklists to Get Your Home Ready for Guests

The Evolve Team
The Evolve Team
May 19, 2022

When running a vacation rental, there’s a lot to take care of if you want five-star reviews from guests. Not only do you have to regularly inventory your home for all the essentials, add in the most searched-for amenities, and create the perfect welcome book, but you also have to make sure your home is clean. 

Like, really clean. A recent survey of 5,000 travelers revealed that a dirty home is the top complaint from vacation rental guests, and reviews about cleanliness are one of the top things travelers look for before booking a home. 

That’s why it’s important to have vacation rental cleaning checklists at your disposal. Our deep clean, pre-guest arrival, and post-stay lists are free to download, easy to use, and available in both English and Spanish. In short, they help take the guesswork out of how to clean a vacation rental, so you can consistently deliver a five-star experience for guests.

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In This Article:

Why Are Cleaning Checklists Important?

How to Get Evolve’s Cleaning Checklists

Why Are Vacation Rental Cleaning Checklists Important?

Keeping all the workstreams in your vacation rental business organized is important, but knowing how to clean a vacation rental might be unfamiliar territory — and there’s a lot of room for error. But with a clearly outlined cleaning process in place, you’ll spend less time handling mishaps and more time growing your business. You’ll also:

1. Save Time and Minimize Human Error

Even when a cleaning routine is, well, routine, it’s easy to accidentally skip a step in the process — especially if there’s a tight turnaround between stays. With an Airbnb cleaning checklist, you can eliminate (or at least drastically reduce) that risk. Having cleaners initial each box along the way is a super easy way to make sure the service is as thorough as it’s supposed to be before your next guest checks in.

2. Set Expectations for Cleaning Partners

When you hire a new cleaning service, it’s important to outline expectations from day one. Providing vacation rental cleaning checklists helps teams not only navigate the areas of your home that obviously need attention, but also tackle tasks that may be less obvious to the naked eye (like, say, sanitizing surfaces and handles).

Certain cleaning services may also have different people coming through your home between each guest visit. Requiring every provider to fill out the same checklists limits discrepancies, so you know consistent standards are applied every time. (Just remember to get those completed checklists back for recordkeeping.)

Get access to vetted and verified cleaning partners with Evolve. When you work with us, we give you the freedom to use your preferred local partner or help connect you with on-site cleaning services you can trust.

3. Collect the Reviews You Deserve

Guests pay a professional cleaning fee when they book your property, so they expect a tidy home. An Airbnb cleaning checklist makes the turnover process between bookings seamless and can help you avoid having to resolve issues or complaints later on. 

Plus, if you do receive concerns from guests, you’ll have a record of everything your cleaning services covered before their stay.

All of this makes for a happy guest. Happy guests write great reviews, and great reviews amplify your marketing efforts — so really, championing cleanliness is mutually rewarding.

Download Your Evolve Cleaning Checklists Today

Knowing how to clean your vacation rental should be as easy as checking a few boxes and working with the right teams. Download our free and customizable vacation rental cleaning checklists today — available in both English and Spanish — and get instant access to:

  • An organized cleaning routine
  • Your pre-stay prep plan
  • A post-stay task list

While you’re at it, take a look through our eco-friendly vacation rental guide, or download our six secrets to management success for even more tips that can maximize your income.

And if you’re interested in taking all the hard parts of vacation rental off your plate, our vacation rental management services may be the perfect fit. We’re here to help you earn more while stressing less, so you can focus on what you do best — providing five-star hospitality and memorable guest experiences.

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