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To ensure guest satisfaction, all of our properties are rated according to the guidelines below. Please ask your reservations agent if you have any questions regarding these ratings.


Our luxury properties are some of the finest accommodations in Summit County. Unit furnishings and appointments are of the highest quality and typically the result of professional interior design. Custom details and accents enhance overall unit decor. These units are marked by superior layout, top-of-the-line kitchens and luxurious bathrooms. Luxury properties are sure to please even the most discriminating tastes - enjoy top-notch amenities, elegant accommodations and a world-class vacation experience.


Premium properties are upscale, well-appointed accommodations, typically featuring recent interior design updates or remodeling. These properties offer excellent quality in overall condition, amenities and furnishings, as well as top quality kitchens and bathrooms. Your stay will be more than just comfortable and convenient; you'll enjoy the truly relaxing feeling of home.


Deluxe properties offer special amenities beyond just a basic stay. These units are inviting, pleasant and tastefully decorated with some updated furnishings. Some units also feature updated kitchens and baths. Deluxe properties make for a unique and memorable vacation, and are priced for great value.


Moderate properties offer a more affordable lodging experience. These units are clean and well maintained, but offer slightly older decor and sometimes more gently used furniture. Moderate properties are great for travelers looking for comfort and convenience at a moderate price.


Basic properties are clean, "no-frills" accommodations. The furnishings are, for the most part, utilitarian, but still offer a comfortable vacation experience. Basic properties meet our standards for quality and cleanliness, and are priced to meet the needs of budget-conscious travelers.
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Summit Rentals » Consider Renting Your High-End Vacation Home

Consider Renting Your High-End Vacation Home

From the Summit Daily News, January 19, 2008

Consider Renting Your High-End Vacation Home


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If you own a high-end vacation home, you’ve probably already thought about whether or not to rent the home while you’re not there. For many second homeowners, this makes financial sense. But for other owners, the decision isn’t necessarily financial.

However, there are many reasons why you need to consider renting your high-end home—and many reasons why a reputable property management firm can actually help you take better care of your property and maintain (or increase) its value. Here are just a few:

1. Unoccupied homes suffer more damage – Think about it. Mountain homes, in particular, are vulnerable if left unoccupied for long periods. Freezing water pipes are a concern. There’s potential damage from violent storms and snowfall. Wild animals can also be a nuisance. If no one looks in on your home for months at a time, even a small problem can turn into a large and expensive one.

2. That “warm, welcome” feeling – Just about any home feels better if it’s occupied regularly. It’s a subtle difference, but one that you can notice.

3. Forget the myth about renters “trashing” your home – Your high-end home is going to attract high-end renters—people that appreciate the finer things in life, like your beautiful vacation home. Actually, renters help maintain your property’s condition and value by quickly alerting the management company of problems that need to be fixed.

4. Regular cleaning – Another benefit of renting your property is that, after every rental, your home receives a thorough cleaning and dusting. When you do use the property yourself, you’ll walk into a clean, fresh-smelling home—rather than starting your vacation with a mop and a feather duster.

5. Peace of mind – Knowing that your vacation investment is being cared for by a good property management company is a tremendous benefit – whether you live 100 miles or 1,000 miles away.

6. Managing your investment – Your vacation home is an investment. Your other investments—stocks, bonds, funds, etc.—most likely have managers that watch them to make sure they are earning you the maximum return on your money. A good property management firm will do the same for your vacation property investment.

When you’re considering a property management company, there are many factors to consider, including the company’s reputation, maintenance and cleaning staff, and commitment to marketing your home to reliable, high-end clients. Ask around. Talk to other owners in the area. And make sure you talk to several firms—it will become obvious which management companies possess the professionalism to help you take care of your investment.

Mark Waldman is the owner of Summit Mountain Rentals and White Cloud Lodging, which specializes in high-end vacation properties in Frisco and Breckenridge, Colorado. Mark also owns the Hotel Frisco, voted “Best Lodging in Summit County” by Summit Daily News readers in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. For answers to your questions on managing you vacation property, call Mark at 1-800-383-7382 or e-mail info@summitrentals.com. Also, visit their Web site at www.summitrentals.com.