Tide and Thyme


It's 9:30pm on a Friday and you have just braved the traffic for the last three and a half hours. All you want to do is walk into your lovely home, have a drink and relax to the sound of well nothing because it's the East End and it's that quiet. Sounds lovely, but that's not the way it always goes... Maybe you walk in to find a leak or no heat or (much more minor, but still annoying) dead batteries in the remote. Now your Friday night is spent solving a problem (and possibly mopping up water) instead of in the relaxed fashion that it should be.

Why should you go through any of that? You shouldn't! You should relax and leave all of that to us. We want you to arrive to your home and have your visit be hassle free. You shouldn't have to scramble to have things fixed, change light bulbs / batteries or brave the Hamptons traffic for groceries. Let us ready things for you so you can enjoy your precious time on Shelter Island.

Comprehensive home checks: A walk-through of the property and its outbuildings is performed several times a week (often daily during winter months). These checks include, but are not limited to:

  • Walk every facet of property (inside and out) to check for any irregularities and to make sure scheduled vendors are following through with tasks.
  • Pool check - cleanliness/temperature
  • Turn on light fixtures (will change bulbs if out)
  • Turn on water fixtures (testing hot water / functionality)
  • Flush toilets
  • Start all vehicles / check battery tenders
  • Check Internet connectivity
  • Check remotes (will change batteries if necessary)

Check-in and check-out: These services are tailored to you and your home's needs.

  • Check-in: This can include having lights on, heat / AC adjusted, meeting you to receive bags/help unpack, placing outdoor cushions, raising pool temperature, etc.
  • Check out: Adjusting temperature, locking doors, cleaning out refrigerator, storing outdoor items (cushions, pool floats, toys), having cars cleaned, etc.

Liaise with vendors: We are available to open your home and stay on site while vendors are on premises. Not only will we be a "warm body", but we will also check on progress and make sure projects are running smoothly and efficiently. You will receive reports/photos of progress.

Grocery shopping:: We can stock your refrigerator with just the essentials or shop for more complicated, specialty items for a party or just a great weekend in.

Home organization::We can assist in re-organization any room/nook in your home - bedrooms, pantries, mudroom, closest, basements...

Home organization: I can come in and assist in re-organization any room/nook in your home - bedrooms, pantries, mudroom, closest...

Pool checks:: Although we do not do pool cleanings, we can help maintain temperature and verify that systems are functioning. We will also check for cleanliness and note that your pool company has made regular visits.

Rental setup/management:: We can help you run the rental of your property from soups to nuts.

  • Prior to a renter's arrival we can store your personal items, empty the refrigerator/pantry, purchase a welcome gift and prepare a handy house manual for use by your renters.
  • Upon arrival, we will meet renters for a walk-through of the house and answer any questions about your home and the island.
  • Upon check-out, we will meet your renters to make sure that they had a nice stay and to check the condition of the home.
  • We are also available to the renter through the entirety of their stay in case any issues arise or even if they just want a restaurant recommendation.

Vendor recommendations: : Although Tide & Thyme does not specifically employ any vendors, we have a large list of trusted companies that we can recommend - housecleaning, landscapers, plumbing, pool maintenance, construction, handyman services, etc.

Provisioning: Not every vacation is spent on land! We can deliver anything to your boat that you need for a week-long trip or just an afternoon cruise.

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