So, you’re thinking of renting your property… here’s what we’ve learned so far that can help you decide…

Hi everyone!

We’re always looking for new (to us at least) rental properties to manage. If you’re thinking about renting your property, and it’s located on the Blue Hill Peninsula – yay!  We’d love to talk with you.

Here’s what we’ve been noticing:

  1. People are booking already! So if you’re thinking of renting – it’s time to contact us!
  2. Cleanliness (of course) is huge and surfaces that are easy to clean will save us a lot of time and encourage guests to also keep things clean.
  3. Guests, more and more, are combining vacation with their need to work, so reliable, high speed internet and a comfortable area are a plus. Invest in the fastest internet speed available in your area for the duration of the season.
  4. Air conditioning is more and more important nowadays. If your property gets hot inside during the summer months and can be uncomfortable for sleeping, even with fans, consider room air conditioners or a heat pump.
  5. Nice bedding and towels are really important. They don’t have to be expensive (take advantage of sales throughout the year) but comfortable bedding and newer, stain-free towels are noticed and appreciated. Three sets of bedding per bed and two sets of bath and hand towels (one wash cloth) per maximum occupant are standard.

Guests don’t want to sleep on bedding that a stranger just slept on the night before (yuck).  Bedding that can be changed out quickly, bedspreads and blankets that are lighter weight for efficient (and less expensive) laundering are the way to go.

  1. Mattresses are equally important.  Newer mattresses that are clean and comfortable are expected, even in cabins.  Good quality mattress pads and pillow protectors offer good protection. Well-rested guests are happy guests!
  2. Comfortable furniture that makes sense for your property’s style and maximum occupancy is important.  Think about fabrics that are stain resistant and as easy as possible to keep clean and nice looking. Avoid shabby, tired, uncomfortable, and ugly.
  3. Nice pots and pans, cookware, dishes and silverware don’t have to be expensive and are appreciated by guests.  Part of the reason people choose a vacation rental is to have a full kitchen to cook meals.  Stocking it thoughtfully is appreciated and noticed.
  4. Board games for adults and children are appreciated and encourage family time, especially for rainy day activities.  A little collection of thoughtfully chosen books is also appreciated.
  5. While most of our guests love having cable or satellite TV available (even if they don’t admit it) a smart Roku TV is more and more the norm and less expensive for the property owner. However, if you don’t want to go that route consider offering a TV with a DVD player and a few movies.

Think about what you would want to find when you arrive…

Guests have often booked several months in advance and paid significant money.  First impressions from the moment guests arrive and park their vehicle are critical, so do everything you can to remove reasons for complaints and disappointment, and, with plenty of help from us, you’ll enjoy the rental season and the earnings you receive.

So, if you’re an owner who likes the idea of creating an environment that guests will love, and want to make significant earnings in the process, we’d like to talk with you.  Call us at 207-412-8184, or email us at stay@bluehillbaypropertyrentals.com. It’s a really enjoyable process when we work together and do it well.

“The house was great and interior is nicely done. Most importantly Brenda and Chelsea from Blue Hill Bay Property Rentals were excellent. They got back to us quickly via text with any questions we had. We couldn’t ask for more.”

Sharon, Basking Ridge, NJ

Linda’s Lookout – Available Year-Round for Short-term Rentals

“I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else.” ~ E.B. White

Chelsea and I are pleased to be selected to manage rentals for this year-round house in a quiet area of Sedgwick.

The owner has done a tremendous job of fully and thoughtfully remodeling, making this a great choice for families and friends to easily settle in, needing only groceries and personal items, and begin enjoying this beautiful area of Maine. Centrally located and just minutes to Blue Hill Village with an excellent grocery store and new fitness center, Linda’s Lookout, while not on the water, has beautiful distant views of the ocean and Cadillac Mountain, and is minutes to Walker Pond public swimming, ocean beaches, and well-maintained hiking trails. With so many owners uncomfortable with allowing dogs (perhaps having had bad experiences in the past), this owner allows dogs and installed a large fenced-in area for them to play outside safely.

You can check out more photos and information on our website:

https://www.bluehillbaypropertyrentals.com/en/2132621/lindas-lookout—fenced-in-area

Linda’s Lookout is all on one level and includes a roomy master bedroom with bath and two more bedrooms and bath, and can accommodate up to 6 people. Appliances are new and a washer, dryer and generator are included.

We encourage folks coming to the area to check availability for this comfortable rental property. Now is the time to book to assure you have your choice of properties and dates desired.

Introducing Gull’s View in Harborside Maine!

“There’s a quality of life in Maine which is this singular and unique. I think. It’s absolutely a world onto itself.” ~ Jamie Wyeth

Chelsea and I are pleased to be chosen to manage our first rental property in the Brooksville village of Harborside, close to Holbrook Island Sanctuary.  Formerly known as Billabong, Gull’s View is about as authentic a Maine seasonal cottage as anyone will find, well-loved for many years by family and guests.  Technically a log cabin built in 1912, like most sought-after Maine seasonal rentals, it sits right on the water, specifically Smith’s Cove on Penobscot Bay.

Take a look at the beach and view!

And the view from the screened-in porch!

Not pretentious, fancy, nor stuffy, Gull’s View is 2000 square feet, charmingly rustic with tastefully decorated interior and modern, comfortable furniture, ready for guests to relax and get away from it all, and with satellite TV and Wifi, guests can still stay connected. There are two bedrooms, one queen bed, 2 sets of twin bunks, one queen pull-out sofa (new!) and two baths and has a max occupancy of 6 people.

Holbrook Island Sanctuary, located close by, is a special, not-well-known state park and a favorite place for bird lovers and botany enthusiasts. Visitors are free to explore its diverse ecosystems, hike and bike the old roads and paths, swim, kayak and explore the shoreline.

Its benefactor, Anita Harris, began acquiring land in Brooksville for a sanctuary in the 1960s.  In 1971, wishing to preserve this special environment and encourage its use by other nature lovers, she donated 1230 acres to the State of Maine, “in order to preserve for the future a piece of the unspoiled Maine that I used to know.”

There is an excellent book written by Reta Farnsworth Hunter, who grew up in Harborside, called Anita’s Island.  It’s not in print any longer but is available through libraries and is a fascinating account of what it was like for the Harris family to live and raise their family on Holbrook Island.

Check out this Google Earth map of the area:

https://earth.google.com/web/@44.35783467,-68.76541894,1.71956679a,3289.87592085d,34.99997565y,360h,0t,0r?pli=1

As you’ve probably gathered, we’re really looking forward to welcoming our guests to this wonderful summer rental.

This is the time to book your rental property!  We hope you’ll check it out! 

We are now Covid-19 Cleaning Certified



“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” ~ George Bernard Shaw


In our quest to learn all we can to thoroughly and efficiently clean our owners’ properties, and ensure that our cleaners, our guests, and ourselves stay safe from unwanted microbes, Chelsea and I have been researching best cleaning practices and found a short but very informative course from a website called CleaningCertification.com.


Here is what they say about their courses:

The courses have been developed to confirm and solidify knowledge of cleaning processes during normal times and during pandemic (COVID-19) and post-pandemic times for health, disinfection, and personal protection equipment processes.

Health and PPE information has been gathered from the CDC, WHO and OSHA and presented in an easily digestible way so that workers can remember the information.

The example cleaning processes presented in the courses are based on best practices developed for SARS. This is recommended by the CDC for COVID-19.

Well we’re pleased to report that we passed (it was touch and go in a few sections). They let you take the section quizzes over – up to 99 times. (I guess if you don’t get the answers right by then they figure you better do something else other than professional cleaning.)

We have now earned the right to display their badge in our marketing and I must say, we picked up some really good information. Anyone can take the short (about 40 minutes) course for $20.

Here is a link to check it out: https://www.cleaningcertification.com/?affcode=585362_utiwwvuf





Thoughts on environmentally-friendly cleaning products and Covid-19….

“Organic: When we don’t mess with their chemistry, they won’t mess with our chemistry.”
~Unknown


The choice of cleaning products that we use is very important to us and when we started our property rental business Chelsea and I knew we would use environmentally-friendly products to clean the rental houses – products that will do no harm to ourselves and our guests. I had heard of Better Life products from the TV show Shark Tank and ordered samples from their website. Their prices seem reasonable and we both liked the way they cleaned and smelled after trying them out in our own homes.

Enter Covid-19. Because Better Life products contain no chemicals or pesticides we wondered if they would effectively clean – especially killing viruses that might be present. So we contacted the company and asked. Here is what they said in a recent email:

“BETTER LIFE® Cleaning Products are cleaners. They do not kill bacteria or viruses. They’re like the studies that show that washing your hands with a good soap has been proven effective at getting your hands clean. Our products work the same way. We use great, plant-based cleaning agents to clean the surfaces in your home and office, an important part in practicing good hygiene.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidelines specific to the Coronavirus outbreak, and keeping a clean house and clean hands are a great first line of defense against this virus. They suggest cleaning “high touch surfaces everyday using a household cleaning spray” and “washing hands often with soap and water”.

All our cleaners are not antibacterial, but they leave contaminated surfaces clean.

Disinfecting cleaning products are registered with the EPA as pesticides and leave a toxic residue on surfaces (those chemicals aren’t just deadly to bacteria and germs!). Our cleaning products are not pesticides, so we don’t make disinfectant or anti-bacterial claims.

What our products do is an amazing job of cleaning surfaces. If you saw us on Shark Tank, you saw our All-Purpose Cleaner clean a surface that had been contaminated with raw chicken. Disinfecting agents are toxic to people, pets, and the planet, not to mention the surfaces in your home, so we developed a better way using natural surfactants.”


So, we wondered, if we just use Better Life cleaning products, will they be effective at killing the Corona Virus? We did further research (including consumerreports.org) and found that, after cleaning, wiping surfaces down with 7% isopropyl alcohol, diluted household bleach or hydrogen peroxide, is effective, and hydrogen peroxide doesn’t need to be wiped off because it decomposes into oxygen and water, so it can be sprayed into hard to reach areas. ConsumerReports.org also said that plain old surface scrubbing with soap and water is effective, because the friction breaks the corona virus’s protective envelope when you “scrub like you’ve got sticky stuff on the surface and really need to get it off”).

While we’ll continue to research best cleaning practices for our homes and our owners’ rental properties we’re relieved to find that there are environmentally-friendly options that will destroy viruses without the use of pesticides and chemicals.

Until next time, we hope you’re making the most of this rare and unusual time at home with loved ones. (A further reminder that there really is always a silver lining – sometimes you just have to hunt a little longer to find it… :0)