Now that spring is here, it’s time to revamp your vacation rental in order to make it more appealing to potential guests. An attractive and well-maintained home will rent out more quickly and more often, and will keep you on top of your property game as an owner. Here are 10 spring touches you can put in your vacation rental that are easy to do and will attract more tenants as well.
Improve Your Vacation Rental With These 10 Quick Spring Touches
1. Fresh Paint
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do—choosing the right color can do wonders for a room, making it look larger and more inviting. Assess the rooms in your home and ditch the darker colors. Instead aim for light yellow, soft beige and nude; all of these colors are neutral enough to match any décor and will make a room look bigger and more spacious.
2. Colorful Plants & Flowers
This applies to both the outside and inside of your property: Make sure that your garden and lawn are cleaned up and any dead plants left over from winter are tossed out and replaced with fresh new ones. Place fresh flowers and plants throughout the house—there’s nothing more inviting to guests than a beautiful bouquet in the entrance when they walk in. After all, first impressions are everything.
3. Update Outdoor Furniture
Now that the weather is warm again, chances are tenants are going to want to spend more time outdoors. If your property has a yard or patio, make sure all of your furniture looks fresh and clean. Toss out anything that is old or broken, and replace seat cushions, pads and pillows in any sitting area so as to make it more inviting to guests.
4. Get New Linens
Over time, towels and bed sheets tend to get old, worn and stained. When you have guests coming to stay at your property, make sure to have fresh sets of towels and sheets on hand. It’ll make your home look nicer and guests will feel more comfortable.
5. Revamp Décor
Walk through your home and really examine what is on the walls and shelves. Artwork or items that don’t match or fit in with the rest of the home’s theme should be replaced with pieces that add to the pleasant feel of the home. If you don’t have a theme, aim to keep it simple: Art is meant to enhance a room, not take away from it.
6. Get Rid of Clutter
Tossing out old things is an important part of spring cleaning. Too much clutter in a room can make it feel small and crowded. Get rid of anything that is broken or that you don’t use. If there are items you are attached to but don’t use often, put them into the garage or look into acquiring a storage unit where you can keep all the odds and ends.
7. Update Lighting
Make sure all the light fixtures both inside and outside the home are working. Replace any bulbs that need to be changed, and opt for softer lighting as opposed to harsh lights that aren’t inviting. If you have a yard, consider adding some lanterns or a night light fixture outside so that guests can enjoy being outdoors after dark.
8. Do a Power Clean
Make sure your home looks the best it can by having the windows washed, the carpets cleaned, and the hardwood floors shined. You don’t want guests to see dirt or dust when they come to stay, and a clean house automatically looks newer and fresher both in-person and in pictures.
9. Incorporate Color
A simple way to brighten up each room is to add a small pop of color, whether it’s a new vase, planter, or even picture frames. Yellow is a great spring color choice that is fairly neutral and goes with just about anything. Other options include light green, lavender or soft pink for the perfect pop of color, which will brighten anyone’s mood when they walk into the room.
10. Details, Details
Small details can go a long way, and by putting some extra thought into your guests’ needs this spring, you’ll leave a lasting impression that will make them want to come again. Make sure you have extra toiletries on hand, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste in the event that your guests forgot to pack certain amenities. Other useful items to have on hand include shower caps, razors soap and body lotion.
This article was written by Kamala Kirk.