Getting Your Vacation Rental Ready for Guests | Our Top 10 Tips

Living near the beach in Pensacola, we work with both local and out-of-town condo owners to prepare their units for renters. As designers and travelers ourselves, we know the importance of an attractive and comfortable unit. It's the details that make the experience more enjoyable. It'll also help the unit keep full bookings. We have compiled a list of tips to help you get your vacation rental ready and gain repeat business.

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1) Use high-quality paints.

They are more durable, will not show scuffs or other wear marks and will hold up better to cleaning.

2) Create a space that is pleasing and stands out from the competing rentals.

Today's renter is more design conscious than ever. It's reported that the average traveler considers eight properties and inquires on five before making a booking. The more attractive rentals are going to get booked the most. One of the biggest design mistakes we see is people using furniture and accessories that are not proportional to the space.  Make sure sure to keep in mind the size of the space when furnishing your rental. Also, use beach-themed decor with restraint. Too many seashells and fish can look tacky.

3) Don't wait until your upholstered furniture is dirty to clean it.

Be sure to have upholstery cleaned at least once a year after the rental season and reapply any stain protectant, like Scotchgard. Make this upkeep a part of your routine when you come to the beach to check on your unit.

4) Make certain that you have enough seating for the number of people your unit can sleep.

Have extra chairs tucked in a corner of the dining room that can be moved into the main living space if needed.


5) Invest in a good mattress.

A cheap mattress is a guaranteed way to get a negative reviews. Prolong the life of your mattress with a mattress cover that breathes well. Avoid ones that make noises. Guest should not be able to tell there is a mattress cover on.

6) Opt for white linens. 

They are easier to launder and also give guests a sense of cleanliness and comfort. Inspect your sheets between bookings. If you can’t get a stain out, replace the sheet.

7) Keep a well-stocked kitchen.

Many of the good reviews you will read will mention that the rental had everything that they needed. Renters tend to cook at some point during their stay. Make sure to have a coffee maker, tupperware, mixing bowls, a wine opener and varying sized pots and pans. If you're on the beach make sure to have a few beach chairs, beach towels, a beach umbrella, and a few toys to play in the sand. It is a thoughtful gesture that your guests will appreciate. Your guests will appreciate not having to pack them or purchase them once they arrive.  

8) Think of everyone.

If you advertise to be a rental for families, don’t forget the little ones. Having a booster seat and pack n play in the unit will help visiting families have one less thing to worry about. It'll also help set your listing apart from the others.


9) Lighting.

This is one of the easiest ways to make the most impact on your guests. Having a design element that catches their eye will make them remember your property. Also, having varied reading lighting is appreciated for a nice relaxing night in.

10) Remember durability.

When considering new furnishings and materials, remember to select items that will hold up to wear and tear such as slipcovered furniture, stone countertops, etc.

We wish you a great rental season! If you find that you need help furnishing your rental, let us take the stress off of getting it right the first time. We can help both locally or from afar. Contact us here to discuss your needs.