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Five minutes after I send out my email to friends, a friend-neighbor replied that she had some friends looking for a place! They are in the medical field (responsible!), with one child, and are looking for short term rentals. Perfect! We contacted them and we're all excited to sign contracts (modified off of boiler-plate documents from the internet) asap. The timing is crazy perfect for both of us and we all seem to be happy with one another, so the rental should go well.
This just leaves the question of what do you leave, what do you pack, or what do you trash when readying your house for a renter? I'm often confusing a guest and a renter. For both, we're allowing them usage of bed and bath linens. For my guests, I'd like to make sure they don't run out of toilet paper. Yet, for my renters, they can buy their own? And yet, I don't want to leave them with one roll and have them get "into trouble" on their first day. So what is the balance? I don't mind leaving them a half-bottle of ketchup, but what about a half-full expired box of cereal? What is gross, what is considerate, what is "not needed", and what is going to reflect on me in a negative way? This is what we've been dealing with for the past few weeks.
Packing half our closet up
Packing up table-top frames of family photos/mementos
Giving a tutorial on the espresso machine
Introducing the renters to our housecleaner
Planning to leave our two cars parked in the garage
Eating through the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer
Packing up the closet in the master bathroom
Alerting family and neighbors of the renters
It's been more work than I anticipated. However, I do feel a piece of mind knowing that our house will be lived in. Someone is there to know right away if there are any problems (plumbing, electrical, or otherwise). And the house will not look abandoned to anyone casing the neighborhood.
It's all good.