Renting out your home as a vacation rental property has become increasingly popular. This can be done with a second property or by renting out your primary residence while you are away on your own vacation. A number of online companies such as VRBO are now available to make posting and renting a vacation property easy.
If you decide to rent out a property for people to use while on vacation, think about making a few upgrades to transform it into the ideal space for travelers. Vacation properties with good reviews are much more likely to be rented out frequently. Try these five home upgrades that are sure to make your renters want to be repeat customers.
Create an Outdoor Oasis
People want to enjoy the outdoors while on vacation and not be cooped up inside. Create an area for relaxing or entertaining outside. If you have a deck or patio, make sure it has enough seating and table space. Provide a grill for outdoor cooking. Also make sure to include utensils and dishes that are appropriate for outdoor use so your guests don't have to worry about breaking anything.
If you have limited space, focus on creating an ideal layout for one or two people. Market it as a place to have a quiet cup of coffee or tea in the morning. Provide a comfy chair and a small table to set a drink and the newspaper.
Getting a good night's sleep is a typical vacation goal. Make your rental's sleeping area comfortable and quiet. Focus on the bed and lighting. Getting a comfortable mattress is a good investment for a rental property. Also invest in new pillows and quality bedding. White bedding works well because it is easy to bleach and keep clean. Bright colors will fade over time.
Provide shades or curtains in the bedroom that will block the morning sun. Your guests can decide if they want to keep them open or closed, but it's important to give them the option of a dark sleeping space.
Provide essential appliances and make sure they are easy to use. If needed, include directions for any appliances that might be confusing to use, like an espresso maker. Most travelers have come to expect that there will be appliances like a stovetop, oven, microwave, coffee maker and toaster.
Clean and Inviting Bathroom
Take a look at your bathroom and make any upgrades to it that will make it as easy as possible to clean. As a vacation rental property, the bathroom will get a lot of use from a lot of different people. Keeping it clean for the next guest is essential. You can also keep a container of cleaning items within the bathroom in case any guests feel the need to clean it during their stay. Choose easy-to-use items like disposable bleach wipes and individual glass cleaner wipes.
Keep the bathroom stocked with basic toiletries like hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, conditioner and a first aid kit.
Make it easy for visitors to access the home. Keep keys in a lock box and switch the code between travelers to keep the property secure. Your guests will appreciate how easy it is to access the home.
These five steps can help make your vacation rental property stand out from the others and keep travelers coming back again and again.