Vacations are all about the memories you make. A rental property that’s comfortable, visually appealing, and well cared for is sure to provide a positive experience and create happy memories for vacationers and their families. Remember, making a strong impression begins the moment they walk through the front door, so concentrate on features that make your guests feel welcome from the moment they arrive. Making sure their vacation gets off to a great start is important because it sets the tone for the entire visit.
Preparing Your Property
Guests may arrive at any hour of the day or night, so make sure your property is easy to find, well-lit on the outside, and readily accessible. Keep all walkways clear with no overhanging tree limbs, and make sure there are handrails on the porch with skid-resistant material on the stairs. Make arrangements so your guests can get into the property easily and conveniently. A single key for all doors is ideal, or you might consider having a digital code lock installed. Some property managers will install a digital lock on your property as part of the services they offer, along with providing ground-level local support.
For vacationers, a reliable internet connection is an expectation these days, not a luxury. Make sure you have high-speed internet with a strong WiFi signal. People assume that they’ll be able to get online every day without a hitch, and your guests shouldn’t have to troubleshoot or go for extended periods with no connectivity. Your service should be robust and reliable (be sure that access password/log-in information is clearly marked).
Enjoying Their Stay
If you’re looking to rent your house as a vacation home, you likely live in an area that’s a draw for tourists and residents alike. However, if your guests are from out of town, provide them with some information about the activities available in the area so they’ll have plenty to do during their stay. You should also provide them with some amenities (bicycles, hiking gear, kayaks, etc.) that will give them even more reasons to enjoy the activities around your property.
Bathroom upgrades typically generate significant ROI, so why not give your vacationing guests a “spa” experience with bathroom upgrades that makes them feel pampered. New fixtures, updated countertops, and a jacuzzi lend an overall feeling of luxury. You’ll “wow” guests who like to unwind with pulsating jets, a steam shower, and plush bathrobes after a long day outdoors.
Luxury al Fresco
A wooden deck or patio addition is an excellent upgrade that could provide a solid return on your investment. It gives guests additional space for relaxing and enjoying scenic surroundings without having to open a door or find a window that looks out on the ocean or the trees. A deck with a gas grill, fire pit, and hot tub are significant investments, but they’ll be a powerful attraction for people who want something extra from a vacation experience.
Classy Kitchen Touches
Offer your guests a classy feel in the kitchen with features and flourishes they’ll wish they had at home. Glass-covered cabinet doors lend an open, airy feel, while smart features, like an automatic coffee maker, add flourishes of luxurious convenience they’ll long remember. Considering putting in a cozy breakfast nook with a view of the outdoors, a charming way to begin another day of vacation adventure.
With a well-conceived idea of vacation luxury and a desire to please, you can create a vacation rental that guests will want to book year after year. Emphasize physical features that combine convenience and luxury and make vacationers feel at home in a beautiful, travelogue setting, and you’ve got a reliable source of secondary income for many years.
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