Many of you may be renting out your homes for the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which takes place one week from today. Trent Corbin with Providence Property Management has created a helpful list of organizing tips for preparing your home.


  • Clean your home.  Whether you hire a professional cleaning service or do it yourself, your rental should be sparkling for guests.
  • Depersonalize the home. Remove or store family photos, refrigerator magnets, personal items, sentimental items, etc.
  • Store and protect valuables so guests do not have access to them.
  • Provide keys and codes for tenant access. Homeowners will need to provide house keys for house guests.  If garage parking is included, provide all necessary garage passes, tags, reserved space numbers, etc.   This goes for pool/fitness centers as well.  Please also consider any specifics regarding HOA rules, amenity access, hours of access, etc. 
  • Provide all appliance instructions. Tenants will need brief but thorough instructions for any and all appliances, audio/visual equipment, etc. This include wireless internet codes, TV and DVD instructions, etc.  If you have a SmartHome or advanced A/V system, provide instructions for the operation of those system. 
  • Include a personalized note (optional). Some homeowners may like to leave a welcome note or other informa.   tion for guests. It would be a nice gesture to have a welcome letter from homeowners.
  • Provide easily accessible trash bags.  Make it easy for guests to find all trash can liners, including those for kitchen, bath and any other trash bins.  Consider putting additional trash bags at the bottom of each bin to avoid confusion when guests look for extra bags.  It is also a good idea to include garbage instructions for trash chutes, dumpsters, recycling, etc.
Bedrooms and Sleeping Spaces
  • Provide clean linens.  Guests are expecting linens to be cleaned prior to their arrival.  We highly recommend providing two sets of linens for each sleeping surface.  If you choose to purchase new linens for guests, these may be washed and donated to local shelters upon your return.
  • De-clutter your closets.  All closets should be emptied to the extent possible (again, to make it feel more like an executive rental), leaving at least room to hang 4-5 garments per sleeping surface (if you have 2 beds  in one room, you will need space for at least 8-10 garments in the closet)
  • Clear dresser drawers. These should be emptied to the extent possible but at least 2 drawers per sleeping
  • surface should be available.  Again, the primary objective is to remove any and all personal items that you would not want guests to have access to while you’re away.
  • De-clutter and clear out bedside tables. Remove all contents of drawers and depersonalize bedside tabletops.
  • Clean out fridge and pantry. Please clean out fridge and pantry as completely as possible without wasting food. If you have a garage refrigerator, you may want to store perishables there while you’re away.
  • Leave all dishes and flatware available to your tenants or provide plenty of disposable flatware for them to use.
  • Provide paper towels and/or kitchen towels for guests.
  • Include instructions for the dishwasher in the appliance instructions. Your preferred dish detergents would be ideal to leave for guests as well.
  • Include instructions and cleaning supplies for guests so that they may immediately clean any accidental spills, etc.


  • Clean bathrooms thoroughly (tubs, grout, toilets)
  • Depersonalize and de-clutter countertops. Leaving toothbrush holders and hand soap is preferred. 
  • Remove any personal items from drawers or cabinets that you would not want guests to access (includes prescriptions, toiletries, personal hygiene items).  These should be stored and secured so guests cannot access these items
  • Provide clean (or new) towels for each sleeping surface. Each sleeping surface will need two sets of towels (two bath towels, two hand towels and two washcloths).  Similar to the linens, all towels may be washed and donated to local shelters following the DNC.
  • Provide critical toiletries, including toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner and body wash and/or bar soap (face wash optional) for each bathroom.  These should be new/unused.  Travel size bottles will be fine (you can buy small travel bottles at Target).  Additional amenities (toothpaste, tissues, etc.) are optional.

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