Cutting the Cord: Going Full VRBO

2 March 2019 – Remember as a young adult when you contemplated “cutting the cord” with dear old Mom & Dad? They don’t understand me! They are sooo weird and controlling! I need my freedom!!! I’m ready to be an adult and make my own decisions. At the time, we often forgot all the basic … Continue reading Cutting the Cord: Going Full VRBO

General Guidance from Today’s Work

11 Feb 2019 – Mixed bag of stuff in today’s post based on things I encountered during a very busy day addressing a wide variety of owner needs & concerns. Secure: Is Your Owner Closet Really Secure? – Many OBX owners have personal items (some valuable) in their inside or outside Owner Closet, or OC … Continue reading General Guidance from Today’s Work

VRBO: You Need an “End of Season”

4 Feb 2019 -- Dear VRBO Owners, as a professional property caretaker for rental properties on the Outer Banks of NC, I understand your business model.  I understand the desire to rent as much as you can on a year-round basis.  I understand that RENTAL INCOME is good, especially if you've set up your rental … Continue reading VRBO: You Need an “End of Season”

Managing Vendor Visits to Your OBX Rental Property

21 August, 2018 – Have you ever scheduled a vendor visit (plumber, electrician, HVAC) for your OBX rental property and then been left wondering what happened, what the techs found, and if they even showed up? One of the more popular services offered by Eyes & Ears is VAM – Vendor Access & Management. With … Continue reading Managing Vendor Visits to Your OBX Rental Property

Pre-Season Learning for New OBX Rental Property Owners

18 June, 2018 – With the Summer rental season in full-swing, I finally have a chance to digest learning from the 2018 pre-season – that mad scramble running from mid-April to the end of May when every rental property owner is working to get the place ready for renters. Out of this, a few tips … Continue reading Pre-Season Learning for New OBX Rental Property Owners

Protecting Your OBX Investment: Managing Your Rental Company

3 May, 2018 - Visiting a customer property this morning, I found some wood debris around the pool pump closet. Hmmm…and looking inside, found a brand-new pool pump motor. I let the owner know, and he was a bit surprised since my notice to him was the first he had heard of this. No word … Continue reading Protecting Your OBX Investment: Managing Your Rental Company

Protecting Your OBX Investment: What a Fresh Paint Job Might be Hiding

17 April, 2018 – Caveat Emptor. If you are looking to buy a vacation rental property on the Outer Banks you need to know about this Latin phrase that loosely translates into, “Let the Buyer Beware.” I’ve fussed over this article for 5 weeks and have been hesitant to post it lest my thoughts be … Continue reading Protecting Your OBX Investment: What a Fresh Paint Job Might be Hiding

Upkeep of Your OBX Rental Property: Window Screens

8 April, 2018 -- It’s re-screening time on the Outer Banks! And with that comes the question, “Fiberglass or Aluminum?” In most cases, I recommend fiberglass material for new screens. Why? First, it costs less. Second, it is a lot easier to work with. Third, it lasts just about as long as the aluminum. A … Continue reading Upkeep of Your OBX Rental Property: Window Screens

OBX Rental Property Security: Outside Storage

1 April, 2018 – Yesterday after helping a friend replace hinges on one of his outside storage closets, I finished up by lubricating everything with Ballistol, my go-to lube for the beach. While spraying the deadbolt I noticed it had been sawn through about three-quarters of the way. My friend was both concerned and amused. … Continue reading OBX Rental Property Security: Outside Storage