Why You Need to Hire a Professional Property Management Company in the Finger Lakes

Overwhelmed with your vacation rental property? You’re not alone. Many property owners report feeling stressed about keeping their homes in tip-top shape for renters. However, most owners have other responsibilities. Between other work endeavors, family, and friends, managing a rental property can be too much to handle at times!  

Let our professional property management company in the Finger Lakes take the work off your plate. Finger Lakes Premier Properties is a full-service property management company with nearly 30 years of experience in vacation rental management. Our goal is to take care of your guests, protect your rental property, and deliver financial results. Does this sound like the help you need? Submit an inquiry about our property management services today!   

How a Professional Property Management Company in the Finger Lakes Can Help You 


The condition of your rental home is a key factor to indicate how much repeat business your home will get. Was the home clean? Did it appear as advertised? Our housekeeping staff is dedicated to making sure your home is in perfect condition for each check-in.  

Finger Lakes Premier Properties follows a strict system of procedures and inspections to ensure that your rental home is squeaky clean. We are also members of the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals Association (VRHP). As members, we’re following VRHP’s cleaning guidelines for COVID-19. How we treat our renters during this time will make an impact for years to come!  


There’s no worse call to get than that of a renter whose heating or air has gone out during their stay. Most property owners have experienced this stressful situation or something similar. When you partner with Finger Lakes Premier Properties, our experienced maintenance staff is on call 24/7! Our staff specializes in HVAC, pool maintenance, and everything in-between. Even better, we offer these services to our partner at an extremely reasonable cost!  

Partner Reviews  

Don’t just take our word for it, though! Browse several owner reviews to see what our partners have to say about working with Finger Lakes Premier Properties: 

“The FLPP Owner Services team is a responsive group that’s dedicated to making the rental of my lake cottage an easy experience for ME.  I know they will respond to any guests’ issues without needing my input. During an unexpectedly hot, hot stretch of summer, they responded to a guest’s complaints of the cottage being too hot by installing a temporary window air conditioner at no expense to me. My grinder pump stopped working one weekend with guests in the residence and they contacted the town emergency number to get it replaced.  Again, at no cost to me. When the furnace needed a small repair in the middle of winter, they got it going again. I trust them to handle my lake cottage and the guests staying there, enhancing my own experience of lake cottage ownership.” – Mary A.R., partnering owner for three years. 

Vacation Rental Management Services with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Our professional property management company in the Finger Lakes wants to help you! Now more than ever, guests are careful when choosing a vacation home. Finger Lakes Premier Properties adheres to the highest standards set forth by industry experts as well as state and local governments. In some cases, we set the standard. Our expert staff is on-call to field questions from renters. This saves you time and earns you money!  

Submit an inquiry about our property management services today. We can’t wait to manage your rental property!  

Everything You Need to Know About the Finger Lakes in September

When’s the best time of year to visit the Finger Lake? We’re glad you asked! As locals, we love exploring everything the Finger Lakes region has to offer all year-long. However, we must say that a popular time to visit our area is from May to September. Of those months, we love the Finger Lakes in SeptemberDuring this month, temperatures begin to cool down and the fall foliage comes out to play. Read on to discover all the best things to do during your September trip to Finger Lakes!   

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This resource is filled with suggestions on the best things to do each season in the Finger Lakes region! 

Download our Free Vacation Guide

The Best Things to Do in the Finger Lakes in September  

We think September is one of the best times to visit the Finger Lakes. Below are three of our favorite things to do during this month!  

Seneca Lake Wine Trail 

No trip to the Finger Lakes would be complete with a New York State wine tour! New York is the fourth-best state for growing wine grapes and is home to more than 400 wineries. Taste your way through the best vineyards in the Finger Lakes region on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Be sure to check out their current winery offerings to start planning your trip! 

Can’t get enough of what this wine trail has to offer? Head to the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. While it’s the smallest of its kind in the Finger Lakes, it still has some spectacular offerings! 

Watkins Glen State Park  

September is one of the most comfortable months for outdoor recreation. With temperatures in the 60s and 70s, all you need it a light jacket to tackle the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park! This two-mile route highlights 19 enchanting waterfalls and several gorges that are more lightly trafficked in September. It’s a must-see during your trip to the Finger Lakes! 

Finger Lakes Fall Foliage 

September is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the Finger Lakes. As summer turns to fall, the leaves transform into magnificent shades of red, orange, and yellow! There are several lakes that you can visit to catch the best views of the Finger Lakes fall foliage.  

Select Your September Rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Looking for a place to stay during September in the Finger Lakes? Look no further than Finger Lakes Premier Properties! We offer a diverse portfolio of rental homes from Canandaigua to Cayuga. With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a home you love. Even better, September begins our off-season sales! Take advantage of the September Secret, when many of our homes begin to offer a one-night free special. Click here to see if your favorite home is running any special offers during your stay! 

Browse a full inventory of our Finger Lakes rental homes to start planning your trip! 

How To Make the Most of Your First Time Visiting the Finger Lakes

Are you planning your first trip to the Finger Lakes? First, we’d like to say, “Thank you!” for choosing the Finger Lakes region as your next vacation destination. We like to think of upstate New York as the state’s hidden gem. It’s a peaceful oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Our area boasts 4,692 square-miles of freshwater fun, wine tastings, recreation areas, and much more. Read on to discover some can’t-miss itinerary items for your first time visiting the Finger Lakes!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This helpful resource has local insight on the best places to play, stay, and more in the Finger Lakes region!  

Download our Free Vacation Guide

The Perfect Itinerary for Your First Time Visiting the Finger Lakes 

Visit Finger Lakes Wine Trails 

Did you know that New York is the No. 4 in the United States for wine grapes? New York State is home to more than 400 wineries. We like to believe that some of the best wineries and tasting rooms are right here in the Finger Lakes! That’s why we recommend Finger Lakes wine trails to all our guests. A few of our favorites include the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. These wine tours are a great way to visit all the best Finger Lakes wineries in one fell swoop.  

Discover the Finger Lakes National Forest 

Enjoy enchanting views of our area’s native flora and fauna at the Finger Lakes National Forest! This recreation area boasts more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails between Seneca and Cayuga Lake. There are also many other great opportunities for outdoor adventure at the Finger Lakes National Forest. Enjoy camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, and even blueberry picking!  

Explore Watkins Glen State Park  

Watkins Glen State Park is another must-visit recreation area near the Finger Lakes. This New York state park is famous for the Gorge Trail, a beautiful two-mile route that dips and weaves around 19 waterfalls as well as other gorges. Don’t forget to pack a camera. You won’t want to forget these views!  

Visit Museums in the Area 

The Finger Lakes has something for everyone’s interests. We believe that our area’s diverse activities are what make it a great vacation destination for anyone! History buffs will love visiting the best Finger Lakes museums. The museums here mostly highlight our area’s geography and maritime culture. However, we still have a great selection of fine art and history museums! 

Select Your Dream Rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Where will you stay your first time visiting the Finger Lakes? Finger Lakes Premier Properties boasts a diverse portfolio of vacation rental homes from Canandaigua to Cayuga! With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a home that suits all your needs. You can also search properties by amenity, location, and more when you book directly through our website. Even better, we make your first visit a breeze with our helpful trip planning information! 

Browse a full inventory of our Finger Lakes rental homes to start planning your trip!  

Vacation Rental Meal Prep Tips

What is one of the top advantages of staying in a vacation rental? The kitchen! Our homes come will all of the appliances you’ll need to create a delicious vacation in the Finger Lakes. From pots and pans to the dishware, our kitchens are ready for you to cook, bake, and grill away. Oh… except for the food!

Grocery Delivery & Curbside Pickup Options

When you stay in the Finger Lakes there are options for getting groceries without stepping into a local store. We’ve provided some resources below depending on where you are staying in the region:

Conesus Lake:

Canandaigua Lake:

Keuka Lake:

Seneca Lake:

Cayuga Lake:

Roadside Stands: Throughout our region you’ll see roadside stands offering fresh seasonal vegetables, fruits, eggs, or sometimes even baked goods. Be sure to have cash on hand to drop into their honor-system registers.

Dining Curbside Pickup

In addition, most restaurants, wineries, and breweries are also providing contact free curb-side pickup. If you have a favorite venue from a past trip, we highly recommend calling them ahead and ordering takeout to enjoy in the comfort of your vacation rental.

If you’re a first-time visitor, here are some links to help you find restaurant options near your rental:

  • Restaurants: Click here for our interactive map to help you find nearby restaurants to your rental. Please call ahead for information on their curbside offerings.
  • Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries: In New York State beer is sold in groceries stores by wine and liquor are not. Click here for our interactive map to help you find nearby venues to your rental. Please call ahead for information on their curbside offerings.

Tips for Cooking at Your Rental

If this is the first time staying with us, first of all welcome! But there are some tips for planning the ultimate vacation in a Finger Lakes Premier Property:

  1. Meal planning is EXTREMELY helpful! Grocery stores are not around every corner in our region. Make sure you have every ingredient (including spices and condiments) on your list or packed to bring. We do provide a sealed spice shaker for every reservation that includes salt, pepper, garlic salt, cayenne, curry, and paprika.
  2. Yes, we provide cooking utensils, pots, pans, bakeware, and grilling utensils. But if there are certain kitchen tools or utensils that are must-haves for the chef in your family, bring them along!
  3. In our kitchen welcome tote we provide: 1 roll of paper towels, 2 washable dish towels, 1 small bottle of dish detergent, 1 sponge, 2 dishwasher tabs, and 1 box of laundry detergent. If you think you will need more than this, depending on the length of your stay, please plan accordingly.
  4. Staying in a pet friendly rental? Don’t forget the dog food and water bowl!

For those who are still planning their next vacation in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, click here to begin your search for the perfect home to host your next vacation.

If you need assistance with finding the right home for your next trip, contact our local vacation planners who would be happy to assist you by calling 888-414-5253.

Finger Lakes Lakefront Real Estate Report – August 2020

Through this summer the lakefront market has been highly competitive for buyers. The Finger Lakes region has become a prime location for those looking for investment properties, a family vacation destination, or a new residence outside of urban area. With homeowners valuing their lake life more than ever this year, and an increase in appreciation, lakefront owners are more interested in holding onto their home rather than getting top dollar for selling right now.

We have seen an extremely high buyer demand with very low inventory in the $300,000 to $500,000 range across all lakes. The lakes in highest demand are Keuka Lake followed by Seneca, Cayuga, and Canandaigua Lake. You can also see from the stats above how on most lakes the average days on the market have reduced, such as Keuka Lake that is nearly half of what it was in 2019.

Tips for Selling Your Home This Year

The days on the market stats reflect homes that have been priced appropriately. For sellers, just because the market is in your favor doesn’t negate the fact that buyers understand the worth of a home. Lakefront home buyers are different, they are willing to wait for the right home at the right price. When listing your home you should still be competitive with other listings that have sold recently in your area.

For those who are considering selling, now is the perfect time. Not only will you take advantage of the high buyer demand, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the last days of summer before officially moving out. There is such high demand right now that the number of days you’ll have to show the home will be reduced if you are priced right. Above all, buyers will still see the attractiveness of lake life in the summer, resulting in competitive offers for your home.

Tips for Buying a Lake Home This Year

Our Lakefront Buyer’s Specialist, Dave Luchessi, commented that “This year we have had more demand from buyers than I can ever recall. There is huge demand for properties in the $300,000 to $425,000, often resulting in bidding wars and multiple offer situations in record time of homes being listed.”

Luchessi also offers his advise to lakefront buyers, “Do not wait to buy a lake home. Now is the time. We may not see the usual inventory increase in the fall that we traditionally see. And with inventory being at an all time low, properties will sell fast. If the buyer sees something that works them they should buy and hold at the best price they can get it for. Also stay competitive with your offers. Additionally, we see an above average increase in lake home appreciation in the Finger Lakes with no apparent end in sight. I firmly believe that the Finger lakes region is currently the hottest selling market in the country right now for lake front sales.”

To search for lakefront homes currently on the market, click here.

Purchasing an Investment Property

For those looking for an investment property, now is a great time to buy. The vacation rental market has experienced the largest growth in demand out of any hospitality industry, especially in the Finger Lakes Region. We project this trend for seeking private accommodations for travelers will continue in the coming years, making it the perfect time to invest. Purchasing a lake home now, preparing it and marketing it for the 2021 peak season is ideal for top dollar and a filled calendar. Contact our sales team for information about joining the rental market and complimentary analysis of prospective vacation rentals.

For more information on selling or buying a lakefront home in the Finger Lakes this year, contact our lakefront sales team. At Finger Lakes Premier Properties over 85% of our sales are strictly lakefront. Additionally, we have 27 years of experience managing lakefront property.

Contact us today at 888-599-4810 or sales@flpplake.com