Vacation Rental 101: How To Furnish Your Rental
You’ve decided on the best way to manage your vacation rental (if you haven’t yet, Sabry Properties can help with that!), so now we need to make sure your property is ready for guests.
Choose Furniture Built To Last
If you have any furniture that’s “good enough” for your personal needs but isn’t really appropriate for guests, it’s time to find replacements. That old creaky bed frame should be replaced with a more enduring model, and the recliner that requires extreme force should be swapped out with one that’s more user-friendly.
Trent Toward Crowd-Pleasing Decor
In your own home, your taste will obviously dictate almost all of your decor choices. But in a vacation home, it’s often better to err on the side of what will appeal to the majority of people, rather than what appeals to you personally.
Complete The Look
We’ve often seen that vacation rentals seem not quite “complete,” since the owners only use their second home for a little bit of the year. The bedrooms might not have art on the walls, for example, or the living room doesn’t have a rug on the floor to tie the room together.
It’s worth taking the time to fully furnish the entire property. Imagine what you’d want if you were living there for a three-month stay, and decorate to that standard. You don’t need to include every tiny little quirk and nuance you might in your primary home, but in general it’s good to have:
- Rugs in rooms with hardwood floors
- Art on the walls in every room
- Curtains or window treatments at all the windows
- Books on the bookshelves
- A few items of interest on shelves and mantelpieces
- Space to hang up coats near the door
These little touches can really help transform your property from a fine place to hang your hat to a truly enjoyable “home away from home.” You can find some great tips on inexpensive ways to add these little touches.
Provide Good Lighting
Many owners forget this important touch! Include lighting next to all of your beds rather than relying on the overhead light. Your guests who want to read before turning in will thank you – and it’s one of those little inconveniences that adds up over a long stay.
Remove Personal Items
While you’re busy making the home ready for other people, you’ll need to remember that this is no longer your personal space. Vacation rentals walk a fine line – they can’t look as pristine and heartless as a hotel room, but on the other hand your guests don’t want to feel as if they’ve invaded someone else’s home.
Generally, you can find that line by creating a beautifully decorated space without your personal possessions in it. Pictures of your family should be put away until you’re using the space yourself, and any personal possessions should either be removed entirely or placed in a locked space that guests cannot access.
In general you should clear away:
- Personal bathroom products and items
- Jewelry and personal bedroom possessions
- Clothing, coats, and shoes
- Family photos
- Any items you would rather other people not use
- Personal computers or important files
Many vacation home owners set aside a locked closet (or an entire room in larger properties) that is for their own personal use. That way, you don’t need to remember to bring all your personal items to your vacation home every time, but you’re still leaving a guest-friendly space for any renters who book in between your visits.
Go Room By Room
Beyond the basics of furniture and decor, you’ll want to be sure every room in your property is equipped with everything a renter might need for their stay. From measuring spoons in the kitchen to a box of tissues in the bedroom, your renters will appreciate your home most if their needs have been thoughtfully taken care of by their host.
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