Top 4 Tips To Make Your Vacation Rental Feel Like Home

This blog post was written by Miriam Vaught, Tripping blogger.

How do you make your vacation rental feel more like a home?

This is a question many rental owners ask themselves. It’s important to keep renters comfortable, relaxed, and feeling like they are at home in your home. After all, pleasing your renters is the key to keeping them coming back year after year. If anyone loves the feel of a rental home, it’s the renters themselves. Why else would they choose to stay in a vacation home instead of a luxury hotel or a boring, all too familiar major brand name?

It’s really not that difficult. You can combine all the comforts and pleasant simplicities of home with the simple luxuries of a hotel by following 3 simple steps. Your renters will feel more at home, allowing them to relax and enjoy their time in your rental, while also giving them the feel of an upscale hotel or resort.

So, without further ado, we give you 4 simple steps to make your vacation rental home feel more like home:

1. Decor

Balance is key when it comes to creating a room with a welcoming appeal. Keep your furniture simple and elegant, matching the style of rental you own. Avoid personal photographs and unnecessary clutter. This will cause the renter to feel as if they are imposing, rather than seeing the home as an escape from their norm.

2. Cleanliness

Having a nice, pleasant rental home isn’t just about having style and a keen fashion sense. It’s also all about paying attention to the details. For instance, home owners that professionally clean their homes will find their renters return at a much higher rate. In fact, we recommend a cleaning after every new occupant to give your rental home the sparkle your renters deserve. A nice change of towels and bed sheets is always a good idea as well. Keeping your rental clean will make your renters feel like they are stepping into a professional arrangement.

3. Scent

Targeting your home’s scent will not only bring them back time and time again, but will keep your vacation rental feeling unique. However, be cautious with your approach and don’t overwhelm your renters. Keep your scents subtle, matching them with the decor of the home. It’s not that difficult. For example, make your home smell fresh by adding a few sprigs of rosemary, lemon slices, and a teaspoon of vanilla in a pot of water. Allow it to simmer on the stove for as long as you please, filling your home with the scent of comfort and relaxation.

4. Modern Technology & Add-Ons

Having updated technology in your rental gives it the competitive edge that renters will be looking for. Electronic items like an LCD Television or updated sound system will immediately give your rental an advantage over older homes. Additionally, features like a hot tub or a pool table can raise the bar and create a more enjoyable experience for the renter overall. Of course, these more expensive items can add up quickly, but investing in one or two may not be a bad idea.

When selecting these amenities, consider your market and the style of your home in order to find what would be most beneficial. For example, a beach house with an outdoor shower could prove to be an attraction for families concerned about tracking sand into the home and a cabin with a hot tub will allow your guests to still be able to enjoy the outdoors on those chilly nights in the mountains.

This blog post was written by Miriam Vaught, Tripping blogger.