If you are thinking about renting out your vacation house, there are many things to think about, from how you can use the location of your rental to your advantage and coming up with an interesting ad to attract visitors all the way to actually understanding who your target renters are. What is more, you also have to furnish it with style in order to make sure the renters are satisfied and come back again.
In this article, we will help you with the aesthetic aspect of making sure your vacation rental is ready to be put on the market. Keep on reading for some helpful tips.
Adjust the style and furniture pieces to your target guests
The first thing to keep in mind is your target renters. Do you want to attract families on vacation with kids, seniors working on their health or twenty-something-year-olds looking for a fun time? How many guests can there be at the same time? These things are important as they can help you figure out what your home needs in order to appeal to them.
Maybe they need accessibility, maybe they want a place that is safe for their kids, maybe they’re looking for a place where ten people can travel together and escape the rest of the world. Checking out comments, reviews, and experiences at various renting platforms is a great way to see what individuals commonly request.
Look for best deals on furniture
Once you know who your target audience is and what they expect from the rental, you can start purchasing furniture and appliances. However, before we get to each room and the things you should not neglect, it’s important to keep your budget in mind and look for the best possible deals. For instance, there is no need to get all new pieces. You can easily find quality items at antique and second-hand stores which will serve their purpose perfectly.
Alternatively, if you do want everything to be new, you can wait for sales or some special dates like Black Friday to get discounts. With that in mind, look for pieces that are of high-quality and will not have to be fixed or replaced in a while.
Don’t decorate for yourself
If this house is always rented out and you don’t use it personally, it’s vital to remember that your personal style should not play too big of a role. While having a very specific design can attract certain people, your best bet is keeping it neutral.
You can have some statement pieces like a brightly painted wall or a huge chandelier in the dining room but subdued tones and furniture will have the biggest appeal to the masses. Plus, don’t put photos of your family or those from your travels around the home; opt for some interesting art pieces or professional photographs instead.
Keep the bedrooms comfy and calming
Regardless of how many rooms there are in the house, you need to pay them all equal attention. While the master bedroom might be the biggest, you want all the guests to feel pleasant. So, start by getting big beds, comfy mattresses and high-quality bed sheets for every bedroom.
Make sure there are enough pillows and blankets for everyone as well. Provide guests with blinds or blackout curtains in case they want to sleep in during their vacation. In terms of colour, keep it calming with shades of beige, blue and green. Moreover, ensure there is enough light but don’t make it too harsh.
Let them have fun in the living areas
Then, you have to think about the living room. Your guests will probably spend most of their time here together so you have to make sure they will be cozy and have fun. Depending on the size of the room, you can get a simple couch or you can look for a big modular sectional that they can rearrange to fit their needs. If it’s a pullout, there will be even more room for guests.
To add some personality, get an interesting rug, eye-catching curtains and unique artwork. Consider offering your guests access to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, video game consoles, and various types of board games they can play in their free time.
Make the kitchen and bathroom practical
If you want your guests to be seniors and families with kids, you need to make the kitchen and bathroom very practical and accessible. Of course, the kitchen will need a fridge, oven, and sink as the bare necessities. However, you can add various gadgets to it to make sure your visitors have a great time while cooking, such as a microwave, blender, mixer, and a wide variety of pots, pans, bowls, and utensils. Appliance-wise, stainless steel models are probably your best option as they can nicely blend in with most cabinets you choose to install.
Whether you will stock up the fridge or let them bring their own groceries is up to you and your guests. There is no need to spend money on items they might not use, so talk to your guests when agreeing on the terms. When it comes to the bathroom, keep it minimalist by sticking to neutrals. Also, ensure everything is in working order and consider providing the renters with the basic toiletries and at least a couple of towels.
Equip the outdoor space as well
You also need to think about the outdoors. If you have a space that allows renters to spend time outside, whether, in the snow or sun, you need to equip it so that they can use it to the max. If there is a pool, get some lounge chairs, hammocks, and other seating arrangements. Consider adding an outdoor kitchen and a dining table. A hot tub is something you can purchase for the home if it is usually rented out during the winter.
Think about other necessities
Once again, depending on who you plan on using the space and the length of their stay, they might be in need of some other things. Having air conditioning is a must, especially if the house is in a warmer climate. Consider installing a washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher if people rent the house for longer periods. Provide them with plenty of storage as well.
When preparing your vacation house for renting, you first have to consider all the items your potential guests will need. After that, think about ways how you can add some style without going overboard.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.