Prep Your Vacation Rental for the Winter Months on Hatteras

As we are nearing the end of our busy season here on the Outer Banks it is time to start thinking about what you can do to ensure that your Hatteras vacation rental makes it through the off season in a smooth manner while you are spending your time elsewhere. Putting in a little extra work now will provide you with the peace of mind that your vacation home will be in good shape when you return. Below are a couple of things that all Hatteras, NC vacation rentals should have done before they take a break from the summer months and prepare for a change in the weather.

Create a Checklist

If it seems like your home has a never ending list of things that need to be taken care of before you leave it vacant for the winter, end the confusion and make a checklist.

Turn the Water Off

While we are in North Carolina, that doesn’t mean we don’t get our fair share of below freezing temperatures in the winter months. Turning off the water to your house and its’ appliances will ensure none of the pipes burst when the temperature drops.

Store Outdoor Equipment

Know that all of your Hatteras or Avon, NC Vacation Rentals’ outdoor furniture and equipment will be on the property when you return after the off season. Store deck furniture, grills, basketballs, beach chairs, etc. in a storage room so they will not blow away or become victim to theft. If items are too large to fit inside or in a storage room, tie them down. Tying items down will prevent them from causing damage to nearby property.

Close the Blinds

Prevent unnecessary fading of furniture caused by sunlight by closing the blinds. In addition to extending the life of your furniture, thieves will not be tempted to steal your belongings if they cannot see them.

Use Storm Shutters

While not every Hatteras Vacation Rental has storm shutters, those who have invested in them should not forget to use them. They serve as a great barrier between the elements and your property.

Create a Plan for Inclement Weather

If there is a storm while you are away, make sure you have a plan in place regarding how you want to handle the situation. Create a list of service professionals so you know who to call in the event of storm damage.

Adjust the Thermostat

Turn the temperature on the thermostat to a level where it will keep your home from freezing during the winter months. While turning the thermostat off might sound like a good option in order to save a few dollars on the utility bill, the damage caused if your home reaches freezing temperatures could prove to be costly.

Unplug Electronics

Reduce the risk of fire by unplugging electronic items. In addition to fire risk reduction, some appliances still use power while they are turned off. Unplugging these items will reduce your power bill.

Lock All Doors

Locking doors is likely the most obvious thing do when leaving a home vacant, but is easily forgotten. Add this task to your checklist and make sure your home is secure.


Nobody wants to return to their vacation home to find it dirty with smells that are less than pleasant. Make sure to clean out the refrigerator as any food will most likely go bad in the off season. Give the kitchen, floors, and bedrooms a little extra attention so you or your guests are not rudely surprised after the off season.

We know how important your vacation rental home is to you, follow these steps and make sure your investment is protected during the off season.

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