Each year around October or November, the tourist are gone home and the children are in school. This is when the home owners of Topsail Island begin making their list of things to do to prepare for next summer rental season.
Winterization is one of the first things to consider and removal of the hurricane panels and turn the heat on to prevent pipes from freezing. You may want to consider taking this opportunity to add a screened porch, extend that oceanfront deck or add one to maximize ocean and sound views. Put a fresh coat of paint inside and have the home spring cleaned...this is very appreciated by your guests.
Next, look at the deck rails and steps, will they withstand another rental/vacation season? What about those appliances? Do you need to replace any of them? Have you considered a Home Warranty plan?
Here's to a great summer for 2009.