Whether you’re turning your existing vacation home into a rental property or you’re purchasing an investment house, you’re going to have to consider how to decorate it thoughtfully for the wide range of visitors. While management companies can help you with many of the steps involved in this process, decorating a vacation rental is something that you’ll have to handle personally. Before you get started, however, check out some of our favorite tips and tricks in order to set yourself up for success!
Our Favorite Tips for Decorating a Vacation Rental
Know When to Hold Them, Know When to Fold Them
One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when decorating your vacation rental is figuring out what to upgrade and what to keep the same. While lush carpeting might feel great and give the home a luxurious feel, it can be difficult to maintain. Even with the expert housekeepers employed by Finger Lake Premier Properties, carpet tends to be more trouble than its worth. Plus, carpet can be challenging for guests who use walkers, canes, or wheelchairs. Hardwood, tile, or vinyl are great replacement options. Another good item to upgrade is bedding. You want to invest in a quality mattress or (at the very least) a comfortable mattress pad. Something so small can make a huge difference in your guest’s experience.
You definitely won’t have to upgrade everything in the home. If your kitchen has been updated in the past decade, it will suit your guest just fine. If your furniture is comfortable and clean, your guest will be happy relaxing in it. Just remember to remove all sentimental items from the home. There are some things that money cannot replace, and while most of our guests are incredibly considerate and careful, accidents do happen. Luckily, if you rent your home through Finger Lakes Premier Property, you won’t have to worry about recouping your losses directly with the guests. Our protection policy program covers many accidental damages, and any major repairs are charged to the guest.
Don’t Forget the Little Things
Even if you don’t have the budget for a massive overhaul of your investment property, there are plenty of small improvements that you can do that will make a huge difference. A fresh coat of paint or a proper power washing can spruce up a home. Another great tip is to check consignment shops and second-hand stores for paintings, used books, or any other decorative pieces that you can add to the home to brighten it up. Extra throw pillows and blankets are always appreciated! Finally, make sure the house has good lighting. Lamps are a great way to add color to a room while still being functional.
Team up with Finger Lakes Premier Properties
We may not be able to help you in decorating a vacation rental, but we will be able to make sure that your property stays just the way you want it. Finger Lakes Premier Properties is dedicated to making sure that all of our owners feel confident that their homes are cared for. That’s why we employ our own housekeeping and maintenance staff and keep all our owners up-to-date on any work that needs to be done to their property.