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What To Expect When Booking a Vacation Rental

2020 was the year of the vacation rental. Last year, many people in the US changed their travel habits, and in many cases, vacation rentals were put into the spotlight as the "safer" way to travel, compared to hotels, cruises, traveling abroad, etc. And even though Midgett Realty is lucky to have a very loyal group of repeat guests who visit our homes on Hatteras Island year after year, we welcomed a large number of first-time vacation rental guests this last year as well. 

If you are new to vacation rentals, and considering this wonderful type of accommodation for the first time, we hope that this guide gives you the confidence you need to plan a Hatteras getaway with Midgett Realty!

Vacation Rental Homes on Hatteras Island

What's Provided and What to Bring

It's important to remember that vacation rentals are usually stocked with only the most basic household items, so you will still want to bring many of the daily necessities along with you. 


  • Standard amenities (unless otherwise stated in the property description), which include central air conditioning/heat, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and wireless internet
  • Basic dinnerware, drinkware, flatware and serveware for the occupancy of the home
  • Basic cookware such as pots and pans, ovenware, and casserole dishes
  • Cleaning tools such as a vacuum, broom, mop, and plunger
  • Blankets and pillows for each bed (check your lease agreement to determine if your house offers a linens package with sheets and towels)
  • TV with live broadcasting (cable, satellite, or live streaming)


  • Paper products such as paper towels, toilet paper, disposables
  • Cleaning products such as laundry supplies, dish detergent, and sponges
  • All food products including condiments and spices
  • Sheets and towels (unless your rental includes a linens package--check your lease agreement for details)
  • Specialty cookware. Crockpots, electric griddles, woks, and other specialty cookware is recommended in some cases, but not required. Should a non-required item break prior to arrival or during your stay, it will not be replaced unless the homeowner chooses to do so.
  • Charcoal and other supplies for outdoor grilling
  • Beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, and toys are not provided unless they are listed under the amenities section on the property page.
  • Baby equipment such as highchairs, baby gates, and pack ‘n’ plays are not provided unless they are listed under the amenities section on the property page.
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Chargers for electronic devices
  • Toiletries, medicines, sunscreen
  • DVDs and games

Don't feel like packing everything? No sweat, we offer linen rentals, beach and baby equipment rentals, and more! 

Linen Rentals

While planning for your Hatteras Island beach vacation, be sure to consult your lease agreement (or property page) to confirm whether or not your property provides a linens package. We know how quickly the car can fill up when packing for a week-long beach vacation, so we also offer an a la carte linens rental service to make your trip hassle-free, and to prevent your car from becoming a game of Tetris!

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Departure Responsibilities

Staying at a vacation rental is a bit different from a hotel, in that there are some extra responsibilities when you check-out. Cleaning an entire home and prepping it for the next guests can be a lot of work, and it is customary with all vacation rentals to tidy up a bit at check-out and help with some small tasks. These required responsibilities include:

  • Vacuum and sweep all flooring
  • Clean out refrigerator(s)
  • Wash and put away all dishes
  • Take out all trash (take can to street, lid opening facing highway)
  • Tidy up pool area, decks, and yard (clean up all pet waste)
  • If beds were pre-made do not strip beds. For linens rented, place in bin provided put under house in carport area.
  • Remove all personal electronics, charging devices, medications, etc.
  • Lock all windows and doors

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Trip Planning

Often when you stay at a hotel, there are daily activities to keep the group busy, and a concierge to help plan adventures. Midgett Realty is family-owned and operated by locals who have lived on Hatteras Island for generations. We know and love this beautiful island, and there's nothing we like more than sharing it with our guests! Our Hatteras Guide offers everything from recommended activites, to an event calendar, a blog, and top things to do on Hatteras Island. 

Hatteras Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions about Vacation Rentals or about staying with Midgett Realty, our FAQs page is a good resource. This will provide additional info about arriving after our office has closed, what the homes are equipped with, parking and pet policies, fishing licenses, and more. Our Vacation Rental Policies also provides a great deal of information, and will set you up for success in staying with us for the first time. 

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Protect Your Stay with Travel Insurance

We've all learned the importance of preparing for the unexpected, especially when it comes to travel. Maintain your peace of mind by purchasing travel insurance when you book your vacation rental. 

We have partnered with InsureStays via to provide coverage for our guests. The cost for Standard Travel Protection is 7% x trip cost.