5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Vacation Rental Looking Fresh
Updated: Mar 26, 2019
You walk into your vacation rental…and an eerie feeling settles over you. Something’s off. You wander around- check under the beds, in the corners of the closets, nothing is out of the ordinary. Then it dawns on you: you’re bored. We’ve all been there. You as a property manager create these wonderful, clean spaces that will appeal to as many visitors as possible. But the you settle into your routine, and after a while you find yourself craving something different. If you're wanting to fix this, you're in the right place! This blog post is going to go over 5 ways to keep things fresh for your vacation rental.
1) Switch Out Accessories
Since you’re running a business, chances are very high you have every penny allotted for. There might not be too much wiggle room to spend on frivolous (aka: expensive) new décor. A super easy and price effective way to switch things up is to add a few new accessories, ie: candles, a vase, a couple ornaments, and so on. If you have the time and/or inclination, sifting through a thrift
shop can result in a couple gems. Even just by changing the colors of the items you have can really help break up the tedium.
2) Replace the Bedding
When we’re traveling, one of the biggest thing we pay attention to is the bed. That’s one of the greatest reasons we’ve booked a vacation rental; we need a nice place to sleep. If we don’t feel like the bed is comfortable, or that the sheets are nice and clean, it puts a significant damper on the experience. Bedding can be expensive, but places like TG Maxx, Ross, and Target will often run sales where you can pick up a new set of sheets. We know it sounds a little silly, but changing the color of a blanket, or even just adding a couple new throw pillows will really help add character to a plain room.
3) Boost the Bathroom
The second place that makes a huge difference is the bathroom. Clean is the biggest thing, but personality is a close second. Bath mats are fairly cheap and easy to find, and once you have a collection of a couple you can rotate through them to your heart’s delight. New towels are also wonderful, especially ones that compliment the color scheme. Word to the wise though- new towels shed. It’s a bit of a buzzkill to hop out of a beautiful shower and wrap up in a nice towel…but then be covered in fluff. If and when you grab new towels, make sure to throw them in the wash before you set them out. As far as the shower goes, you can pick up little travel sized shampoos, conditioners, body washes, razors, etc for as little as $1. Again, it might sound silly, but those tiny additions let a traveler know “hey, I’m thinking about you” and make their experience that much better.
4) One Word: Plants
They don’t even have to be real. In fact, they probably should be fake. That way you never have to water them or worry about them, you can just run a duster over them every now and then. A little green will always help add a fresh, home-y element to any room. Ikea has some incredibly inexpensive options (hi online ordering if there isn’t one in your area), and second hand stores often have great pots & random knick knacks you can re-purpose into a great planter.
5) Fresh Coat of Paint
This is if you have time, hence why it’s last. However, if you do have the means, changing a wall color or repainting a whole room can really add some extra panache. Again, don’t be afraid of accent colors. If your bedding or an accessory in the room is already a certain color, there's a high chance a similar color will look great on a wall. Something to note is that blues & greens are more serene, while reds & yellows convey energy. Generally, cooler colors are better for bedrooms; brighter colors work well in communal spaces. Even if you aren't feeling a new color and have all white walls, refreshing the paint will absolutely be worth it. We've mentioned before that it's a sad fact the people are little more critical in new spaces. Seeing that the owner really cares about the property, that they're making efforts to keep it up, will make any visitor feel more at home.
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