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Leaving for Vacation? Read These 6 Security Tips Before You Leave

EVEN RENTERS NEED TO KEEP THEIR HOME SAFE

Today, it’s more important than ever that renters take an active role in protecting their belongings – especially while they’re away from home. And luckily, there are no shortages of security tips, products, and services available at the push of a button. Making a rental home more secure is often much easier than you may think. Before you leave for that summer vacay, make sure you take care of the following security tips from Realty Times:

  • Leave the lights on
    Start by making sure your rental appears to be occupied in your absence. This can be done in a variety of ways, including leaving a television or radio on in the home, using motion activated lighting and placing interior lights on timers. There are even apps you can download, including one that loops random barking and growling sounds, which might seem silly, but when asked, most burglars say they’d stay away if they heard a big, loud dog. One criminal called it a “deal-breaker.”
  • Hold your mail and stop your newspaper
    “According to a US Postal Service official, mail theft is on the rise, with the objective of getting access to financial information to exploit for personal gain,” said ABC 10. A stack of newspapers at your front door will also signal crooks that no one’s home. If you get regular deliveries of things like coffee, office supplies or diapers, be sure to call and cancel while you’re gone. Packages piling up at your front door can invite theft of your home, and the stuff you ordered.
  • Hire a dog sitter or close the doggy door
    One of the top obstacles to home break-ins is a barking dog. Rover is a great place to find a qualified dog sitter in your neighborhood who can stay with your pooches and watch your house at the same time. Use this code to get $20 off your first booking: SUSANH12405. If you board your dogs, be sure to lock up your doggy door while you’re gone. You might also want to place a chair or a plant in front of it for extra protection.
  • Tell Your Neighbors
    No list of home security tips would be complete without this one: Make sure your neighbors know the dates of your trip so they can keep an eye on your home. Also, leave your house key with a trusted neighbor for emergencies and tell them how to get in touch with you. If you leave a key hidden under the mat or in the planter next to the front door, security experts advise you to remove it. Thieves are looking for an easy way in and a hidden key can be the invitation they’re looking for.
  • Install a security system
    A security system continues to be the No. 1 deterrent to break-ins. From battery operated alarms installed on doors and windows, to monitored sophisticated alarms with video, the choices are wide-ranging. One of the fastest growing and most popular components of home security systems today is indoor and outdoor cameras. Cameras can be mounted outdoors to monitor property, at entryways to keep track of deliveries and visitors, and even inside the house to keep an eye on pets and monitor interior security.
  • Don’t advertise your absence.
    Avoid announcing your absence publicly on social media. Keep lawns mowed. Leave a radio on in your absence. A talk radio station can be particularly effective in creating the illusion someone is present in the home. There are even apps you can download, including one that loops random barking and growling sounds, which might seem silly, but when asked, most burglars say they’d stay away if they heard a big, loud dog. One criminal called it a “deal-breaker.”

By following these 6 home security tips, renters can relax and concentrate on having fun while away from your residence. If you’re looking for a new place to live in Ventura County, contact the premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast. We represent premier long-term rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.

Roommate Problems?

Five issues and how to resolve them

More renters are sharing their homes today which can lead to the inevitable roommate problems. According to an analysis by the experts at Zillow, 30% of working adults aged 23 to 65 live in doubled-up households and more than half, 54%, of young adults aged 23 to 29 share their place with roomies.

While living with a roommate is a great way to save on rent, the situation doesn’t come without potential concerns. Those issues can easily tear your place apart to the point where you hate to come home. Here are five of the most common roommate issues, and how to deal with them before they get to that point.

Problem: Cleanliness
Different people have different standards when it comes to what “clean” means, and that’s why this is easily the most common roommate issue.

Solution: Communication
The best way to avoid this is simply to communicate. Tell your roommate what you need in order to make your home feel clean and comfortable and ask them what they want from you as well.

Problem: Unbalanced Finances
When it comes to paying, rent is the easiest thing to decide on. It’s pretty commonplace for each person to pay an equal amount, and that’s usually something you establish before you even move in. The things that can create issues are as simple as toilet paper, food, cleaning supplies, and a gigantic list of other things that can build resentment.

Solution: Design a Plan
To avoid building up resentment, consider drawing up a plan for who pays for what. Maybe you alternate months as to who buys toilet paper, or you split your fridge down the middle so each person can keep track of their own food.

Problem: Love Life
It’s a pretty common issue —your roommate gets involved with someone, things start getting serious, and all of a sudden they’re staying over four nights a week and spending ten hours a day at your apartment. Having a significant other essentially move in can be annoying because you didn’t sign up for them being your roommate too.

Solution: Talk It Out
You need to have a frank talk about if this new significant other is going to move in, and what that means for both of you. You may want to renegotiate rent or ask that the new person do chores or something else equally helpful. The only way to fix this one is to bring it up, so you don’t just build up a grudge over the months.

Problem: Unexpected Guests
If your roommate brings people over without asking once or twice, it’s likely that you can just let it go. Even if it happens a couple times a month, you may be okay with them just shooting you a text that there are going to be people over. But if it’s chronic, you need to create some ground rules.

Solution: Ground Rules
When you lay down some ground rules, keep in mind they don’t have to be unnecessarily strict. It’s not ridiculous to ask for guests to leave by nine, or to ask that they stay in the living room.

Problem: Accidents/Mistakes
There are going to be mistakes made, maybe you knock over a lamp in the front room, or your roommate spills a glass of grape juice on your blanket. Whatever the case, mistakes happen to everyone.

Solution: Fix and Forgive
You have to be willing to forgive mistakes while at the same time owning up to being responsible for them. If you break or ruin something, be prepared to replace it. At the same time, if you have something incredibly important, keep it in your bedroom, rather than in a common area.

If you are looking for a long-term rental to share in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Camarillo, allow us to help. As the County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast is here to help you find the perfect rental property for you and your roomies to prevent any roommate problems. Just call us at +1 (805) 832-4075. When roommate problems arise, try the solutions listed above or give us a call and we’ll help.

Make Your Plans Now for the Annual Fireworks by the Sea and Festival

WE’VE GOT THE PERFECT BEACH VACATION RENTAL FOR YOU

Fireworks from the Annual Fireworks by the Sea and Festival in VenturaThere’s only one seaside 4th of July fireworks show in Ventura County and it’s the Channel Islands Harbor’s Fireworks by the Sea. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m., but there’s plenty of festivities to enjoy all day. And the town fills up fast, so you need to reserve your vacation home rental now!

18th Annual Channel Islands Harbor 4th of July 10k Race & 5K Fun Run/Walk

If you want to get some cardio in before indulging in beverages and BBQ, you can kick off your day at the 18th Annual Channel Islands Harbor 4th of July 10k Race & 5K Fun Run/Walk. This classic run takes place inside the Harbor and the Oxnard Shores beach community. Race day registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Find out more here.

Children’s Parade

After the race, join Harbor residents and visitors for the 4th of July Children’s Parade. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Albacore Way, travels north up Harbor Blvd. and ends at Cabezone Circle, home to Marine Emporium Landing.

All Day Activities

After the Children’s Parade, the fun at the Harbor really begins. Marine Emporium Landing, a key restaurant and retail hub, will host family-friendly activities from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Events at Marine Emporium Landing include a crafters’ market, an inflatable fun zone for children, a rock-climbing wall and a variety of food booths.

Electric Boat Parade

If you are determined to reserve your spot to watch the fireworks show early, you may be surprised to see an Electric Boat Parade floating through the east and west channels of the Harbor. At 4:30 p.m., more than 50 patriotic themed electric boats will cruise around the Harbor in the Annual 4th of July Electric Boat Parade. The parade is sponsored by Central Coast Electric Boats and the Channel Islands Yacht Club.

Where to Stay

Imagine staying right in the heart of the action and watching the fireworks show from your own boat dock! You can do just that if you rent this property we refer to as Dock Holiday. The home which sleeps up to six people got that name because it has everything you need to experience life at its finest with family and friends while on vacation. Enjoy this exquisite boat dock home that boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room with a fireplace, a dining area and a gorgeous kitchen with stainless steel appliances. There is a large patio equipped with plenty of patio furniture, paddle boards, life jackets, BBQ. What more could you ask for?

Dock Holiday

Be in the middle of all the action one beach over in this Silverstrand Getaway. This ranch-style cottage that sleeps four people is just a short walk from the beach. But you won’t have to go far to celebrate the 4th since the full-time residents of Silverstand have adopted Independence Day as their official holiday. Enjoy street parties with live bands, along with community BBQs while watching the fireworks from your own private deck.

Silverstrand Getaway

Or choose to stay at this ultra-Modern Silverstand Getaway, a two-story beach home located in Silverstrand Beach. Between all the fun you’ll have for the 4th, you can also enjoy the completely fenced yard located right across from the sand! This vacation rental sleeps up to eight people so there’s room enough for everyone. This home has views of the ocean and has an awesome deck to relax and drink your cocktails and watch the sunset!

Ultra-Modern Silverstand Getaway

As the County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast represents amazing vacation rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. We also rep some in the area. The area books up for the annual Fireworks by the Sea festival so call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 now!

Offshore Adventures with Channel Islands Adventure Company

IT’S TIME TO HEAD TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

The Channel Islands are a beloved destination for locals and visitors of Ventura County. The area is renowned for incredible island kayaking, native wildlife, fantastic snorkeling, and hiking opportunities. Right now, visitors will see baby island foxes up close and personal and whales making their way up the coast. Plus, paddling conditions are prime, according to Channel Islands Adventure Company, the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. Allow one of their knowledgeable guides to share the limitless discovery that can be found on the islands such as:

Ferry to the Islands
Ferry service is aboard modern catamarans operated by Island Packers, the sole transportation concessioner to Channel Islands National Park. Ferry return times vary depending on the time of year and day of the week.

New this summer: Kayak and Snorkel Combo trip
The Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour is the most popular among the Channel Islands National Park tours. This trip includes departure from Santa Barbara, kayaking through the largest sea caves in the world, then snorkeling in a beautiful kelp forest.

Spend a half-day exploring the sea caves around Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage. Perfect for beginners through advanced levels, enjoy 2.5-3 miles of island kayaking. Summer tours often sell out.

After the kayaking tour, you will have some free time to snorkel. The good news is that Snorkel Gear is available for rent at the Channel Islands Adventure Company’s storefront on the island. All meals and hot showers are included. The first few summer trips are already full, book soon to secure your spot.

Father’s Day Gift
Don’t forget Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th. Book a trip with the family or get him a gift certificate he can use anytime.

As the County’s premier full-service Property Management firm, RE/MAX Gold Coast is here to help you find the perfect vacation rentals to call home this summer. Looking for something more permanent? We also have wonderful long-term rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 before you make your reservation to explore the Channel Islands.

Why Ventura is Among the Top 100 Best Places to Live

Enjoy warm weather, miles of beaches, and a vibrant arts scene

Courtesy of Ventura, CA Visitors & Convention Bureau

It is not surprising that Ventura made it on the list of the top 100 Best Places to Live by Livibility.com, the go-to resource for anyone looking to discover the best places to live, work and visit. With near-perfect weather, ocean and mountain views, a thriving arts community, and endless recreation, dining, and entertainment options, there really isn’t much not to like about living or vacationing in Ventura.

Nestled on the Pacific coast about 30 miles from Santa Barbara and about 60 miles from Los Angeles, Ventura, originally named Buenaventura, was founded in 1782 with the San Buenaventura Mission. Ventura’s population includes a mix of young and old, from life-long farmers to hip artists.

Although Ventura sees its share of tourists, the city takes very good care of its residents. Ventura offers quality K-12 education. One K-5 program teaches kids English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Ventura also offers three community colleges, with two four-year Universities nearby: California State University Channel Islands and UC Santa Barbara.

A Natural Playground

Miles of well-kept beaches provide soft ground for sunset strolls, while the more adventurous can bike around the harbor or wade, boogie board or surf in the water. Ventura Harbor also features an arcade and carousel, as well as many boutiques and restaurants.

The Los Padres National Forest, with more than 1,200 miles of hiking trails, is a short drive away. One of the city’s main attractions, the Channel Islands, offers stunning scenery and earns Ventura the nickname “Galapagos of Southern California.” The historic park offers diving, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and camping and includes more than 2,000 different kinds of plants and animals. The visitor’s center, located at Ventura Harbor, features a museum, tide pool, and a tower with telescopes.

Ventura’s vibrant arts scene sets it apart from many central coast towns. Artists have gravitated to Ventura for years, and the city benefits with dozens of galleries, performing arts events, live music performances, and more. The city reciprocated with the WAV (Working Artists Ventura), a live/work space for artists and cultural businesses. The WAV hosts an open studios the first Friday of every month as well as special exhibits year-round.

With so much to offer, is it time to visit? If yes, please check out our vacation rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon, BeachPark, Ventura or Camarillo. Considering moving here? We can help with that too. As West Ventura County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast, we represent some of the best long term rentals in the area.

Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 and let us show you some of our amazing listings. Once you’re here, you’ll know why Ventura is one of the top 100 places to live.

 

Why You Should Move to a Rental During a Major Remodeling Project

MAKE IT A MINI VACATION INSTEAD OF A REMODELING NIGHTMARE

Taking on a major remodeling project? You may feel a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Should I stay at home during the entire process or rent a home in the area? Knowing what to expect can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come.

  1. Dust
    During construction, you can count on a fine layer of dust…everywhere, and we mean everywhere.
    2. Noise
    It will be incessant. Whining saws, scratching Sheetrock sanders and thumping nail guns followed by bellowing compressors: in short, little peace or quiet.
  2. Remodeling Fatigue
    It may be that you just want to be done, or that you’re tired of answering so many questions and writing so many checks. Or you may just be tired of having so many people in your house.
  3. The Unexpected
    If you expect anything, expect this. Asbestos, irregular framing, jerry-rigged wiring, funny plumbing, and more unexpected surprises are bound to arise. No, you won’t be laughing, and neither will your contractor. Count on finding something no one could have anticipated in your budget and your time frame, and you will be well prepared when it happens.
  4. Delays
    People get sick, cars break down and sometimes faucets ordered from the factory take 10 weeks instead of six. You and your contractor will likely be working from a schedule that assumes the world is a perfect place. It’s not, and knowing that will allow you to be resilient when your schedule shifts a bit.
    6. Decisions
    Where should that outlet be? How high do you want the showerhead? Where do you want the cabinet hardware mounted? Count on hundreds of questions that you’ll need to answer as your project proceeds.

These are just some of the things a homeowner can count on when taking on a major remodeling project. If you live in West Ventura County, then we have good news. Instead of being in the middle of the mess, you can rent a home from us! In fact, why not go on vacation until your house is ready?

As the County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast represents premier long-term rentals and vacation rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 and let us find you the perfect place to call home while your real house is getting remolded.  

Is it Time to Buy a New Home and Rent Out Your Old One?

ALLOW US TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR RENTAL IN WEST VENTURA

There are tons of benefits that come when you buy a new home and rent out your old one. Think novelty and adventure, a place to escape and unwind when you need to get away from it all, several tax benefits and an excellent way to make passive income.

Here are some of the fruits of owning a second-home:

  1. Mortgage interest

When it comes to owning a second home, the interest on your mortgage is deductible. The same rules that come with writing off mortgage interest for your first home apply to your second. In fact, you can write off as much as 100% of the interest you pay on up to $1 million of debt, which includes total debt taken on to pay for both homes, as well as money spent on improving the properties. (That’s not up to $1 million for each property—just up to $1 million in total.)

  1. Property taxes

You can also deduct your second home’s property taxes, which are based on the assessed value of the home. That’s good news. Even better news? Unlike the mortgage interest tax deduction, there’s no dollar limit on the amount of real estate taxes that can be deducted on any number of homes owned by the taxpayer.

  1. Make passive income

If you live here in West Ventura, let us help you create passive income every month by renting out your old home. Think about it. Managing a rental property takes knowledge, foresight, dedication, and a team of professionals you can trust. From home maintenance to marketing and tenant retention to emergency repairs, ReMax Gold Coast Property Management provides the full-service assistance you need to help your property grow and thrive today, tomorrow, and years down the road.

Our Property Management Solutions

  • Comprehensive marketing to minimize vacancies
  • Thorough background checks to ensure dependable tenants
  • Lease preparation that protects your rights
  • Move-in and move-out inspections with photographic documentation
  • Streamlined matching technology to pair tenants and properties according to your rental criteria
  • Advanced pricing technology to beat the competition and fill vacancies fast
  • Professional maintenance and repairs with 24/7 on-call emergency service
  • Comprehensive property analysis to minimize costs and identify potential upgrades/renovations
  • Conflict resolution and eviction processing as needed
  • Three online payment options for tenants – cash, e-check, and credit card
  • Direct deposit to your bank account
  • On-demand access to owner statements and other financial documents as requested

Online Owner Portal

Our online owner portal makes it easy to view all information about your property in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches or Ventura and Camarillo. You can easily check up on your property anytime and anywhere from an internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Let us help you find quality tenants when you buy a new home and rental out your old one. We know how to maximize the value of your rental property either as a vacation home or long term rental. Call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 to schedule a no-obligation property consultation.

Memorial Day in Ventura County

SO MANY WAYS TO REMEMBER AND HONOR THOSE WHO DIED

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary decorated for Memorial Day with Memorial Day message written on the pictureMemorial Day is a holiday to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. The national holiday was declared by an act of Congress in 1971, but its beginnings go back to after the Civil War in 1868.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, cities in the North and South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. But in 1966, Congress and President Lyndon B. Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. And it was originally called Decoration Day.

Traditionally, Memorial Day was May 30th each year. That was changed to the last Monday in May when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was signed into law in June 1968 and put into effect in 1971. In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act was enacted by Congress to ask Americans to pause in an act of national unity at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, which is May 27 this year.

Here is a compilation of activities and events this 2019 Memorial Day weekend around Ventura County and adjacent areas.

As the County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast represents premier long-term rentals and amazing vacation rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. We also rep some in the area. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.  And Happy Memorial Day!

The Scientific Reason To Book a Beach Vacation Rental

BLUE SPACE CAN IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING

Beach Vacation Rental in West VenturaIf you’ve ever tried it, you already know that staying in a beach vacation rental home is ultra-relaxing. Now there’s a scientific reason you should book an oceanside escape. That’s science has found that an ocean view can have a significant impact on your mental health, according to a new study by Michigan State University.

The study revealed that staying in a location where you have the chance to see a lot of blue spaces, like a body of water, leads to lower levels of psychological distress. To come to that conclusion, researchers mapped the city of Wellington in New Zealand cross-checking people who could see the water against data from the country’s health databases. Even after they took account of things like age, wealth, and other neighborhood factors, sea views still seemed to significantly improve mental wellbeing. The research also found that a view over “green space” like forests, parks, or playing fields did not have the same calming effect.

According to one of the study’s authors, Amber Pearson, the mental health benefits can be felt immediately when looking at blue spaces. One of the main theories put forward for the calming effect of sea and ocean views is that the brain finds it much easier to “efficiently process natural backdrops”. Pearson said: “[That] reduces sensory stimuli and promotes mental relaxation. Surely mental relaxation is part of the purpose of travel and holidays.”

Most travelers agree and add the miraculous calming effects of the sound of waves lapping on the shore as another stress reducer. Interestingly, the study found that those looking at “green space” like parks or recreation fields didn’t receive the same mental health boost.

As West Ventura County’s premier full-service Property Management, we have plenty of beach vacation rentals where you can take advantage of the psychological effects of the ocean. Take the Capri Beach Retreat in Mandalay Shores pictured above. The 4-bedroom, 3 bath home that sleeps up to 10 people is situated right on the sand. That’s just one example of the properties you can find at ReMax Gold Coast. In fact, we represent some of the best vacation rentals in the area. If you’re planning to vacation in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo, please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.

New Baby? Prepare Your Rental Home

HERE ARE 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO

Portrait of a 12 day old newborn baby boy wearing a gold crown. He is sleeping on a beige flokati rug with his hands behind his head to illustrate the importance of  prepare your rental.If you’re pregnant or are planning to be, do you know how to prepare your rental home for your new bundle of joy? In honor of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle’s royal newborn, we’ve put together this list of 10 things new parents must do before they bring baby home.

  • Make Sure Your Rental Is Safe
    It is best to prepare ahead of time and make sure your rental home is completely safe instead of waiting until you are sleep deprived to baby proof. Start by making sure all cleaning supplies and medications are stored out of sight and out of reach in securely locked cabinets. For any cabinets that are not out of reach, use magnetic locks. And don’t forget to check your rental’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Prepare for Visitors
    Your in-laws are coming. So are your friends and family member. Make sure they have a comfortable place to stay, even if it is your couch. The last thing a new Mommie wants to do is race around searching for sheets and towels the moment she gets home from the hospital. Stock up on toothpaste, toothbrushes, and toilet paper too.
  • Get some sleep
    You are going to be exhausted. All new parents are. So, forget about getting up in the middle of the night to go to another room to feed and soothe your baby. Instead, get a co-sleeper, one that attaches to your bed, or a bassinet. That way, your newborn can sleep right next to you, out of harm’s way.
  • Baby Proof Your Kitchen
    Make sure your fridge has room for baby’s all-liquid diet. But first, give your refrigerator a good cleaning with warm water and diluted white vinegar. Also, make room on your kitchen counters for pump parts, bottles, nipples, pacifiers, and teething toys. These all need to be sterilized. Experts no longer suggest you boil them. Studies show that hot, soapy water will kill common germs.
  • No Dangerous Edges
    Get rid of that sophisticated furniture made of glass and/or metal, anything breakable or with sharp edges. If you can’t, why you need to put those pieces far out of reach or wrap the edges with bubble wrap or plastic guards so that baby won’t get hurt.
  • Lock Everything
    Your baby will be crawling in no time so be sure to lock everything away with safety latches. Parents should cover all electric sockets too and get rid of any and all magnets and dangling cords.
  • A Place to Rock
    Find a comfy place in your rental where you can rock your baby and bond with the infant. Make sure you have a comfortable chair!
  • The Nursery
    Nesting is perfectly natural for new Mothers. But before your water breaks, buy some newborn diapers, but remember, they will grow quickly. Just have a few newborn items on hand.
  • No Bumpers, Blankets or Pillows
    Do not use any bumpers, blankets or pillows in your new baby’s bed. We’ve heard of too many babies dying SIDS. Babies like to be swaddled and that is safe.
  • Invest in a Baby Monitor
    You’ll want to keep an eye on your new baby 24/7. To do that, you’ll need to invest in a baby monitor.

    Do you have other tips to share on how to prepare your rental home for a new baby? We’d love to hear them. Meantime, if you’re looking for the perfect long term rental for you and your newborn in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo, please contact RE/MAX Gold Coast. We also rep some amazing vacation rentals in the area. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.  

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