I’ve you’re among the many who have invested in a furnished rental property, here are some practical tips to make the most of your investment.
The first question you should ask yourself is this: Who is your ideal guest? What are their specific needs?
Next, where is your property located? Is it in Caribean family vacantion destination? Located in a sports-centric area? Is it more urban? Cultural? More business-oriented? Short or long-term rental?
Comfort: No matter the specific client or locale, to me, the main focus is always comfort. No matter the age, personality or interests, everybody wants comfort. And functionality. These two things are key.
Mattress: Go white, rather firm and standard height so that people of any age or mobility can easily access it. And don’t forget the mattress pad!
Bedding & Linens: Whenever possible, invest in good quality that are durable and easy to maintain. Whites and light shades that can withstand bleach are preferable.
Curtains: Blackout curtains in the bedroom are always appreciated
Storage: Be sure to have enough drawers and hanging storage in the bedroom.
Kitchen: A complete set of quality cookware and utensils for basic cooking are essential. Appliances shouldn’t be too complicated and easily operable.
A double curtain is always preferable, with both a sheer and blackout. But if your budget doesn’t allow for that, it’s always best to opt for blackout in the bedroom
Good storage is so important in a vacation rental property. We need to unpack and organize to really feel at home and relaxed.
It doesn’t have to be spacious but it does need to be pratical. Well equipped, with proper lighting, and of course, be clean.
Cleanliness: This is a given, and goes along with the number one priority, comfort. There’s nothing worse than arriving after a long journey to an home that is not clean. Be sure someone checks the property for cleanliness the day before a guest’s arrival.
Décor: Create a beautiful, calm environment. This is especially important for a vacation rental, where people come to relax. I suggest soft colors that appeal to a wide audience: white, beige, gray – light gray, not dark! Keep it light and bright, not depressing and dark. If you have a room with tons of natural light you can afford to put a splash of color on wall there.
Lighting: Also very important is lighting . Natural light during the day is best, but be sure that there is plenty of the right lighting for evening and night. Mood lighting for entertaining areas, task lighting for reading and work areas like the kitchen. Your guests will appreciate it.
Photo: Make sure the property you’re selling online matches the home your guests walk into and that the photos correspond. You don’t want it to be too empty or too crowded.
Guest info: Be sure your guests have all the information they could possibly need: WIFI, TV functions, appliances, water, heating/cooling, services offered, additional costs, emergency contact info, etc. Let them know of any special security precaution if necessary. It is preferable to have it available in several languages.
Go the extra length and prepare a welcome basket, with fruits or treats, a small bouquet of flowers, or a candle. A little goes a long way, and first impressions are lasting. Have the WIFI info in an obvious spot on entry. Guests inevitably want to log on and get in touch with loved ones as soon as they arrive!
Lastly, once you know you’re guests have arrived and settled in, make a quick courtesy call to make sure everything is going well and share some personal tips about the area.
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