Thinking of renting out a vacation property? You don’t have to spend a fortune decorating it but there are a few important decorating tips to keep in mind.
Keep it Comfortable But Durable
Vacation properties tend to take a beating. People track in dirt, sit on the furniture in wet bathing suits, drop sports equipment all over the place, and generally make a bit of a mess. So make sure that the furniture is comfortable but also durable. Put slipcovers on the sofa, use area rugs that can easily be taken out and cleaned, and don’t decorate with anything too precious or breakable. You can decorate in a practical way that will still make guests feel they’re getting something special.
Keep Your Furnishings Consistent With Your Rental Rates
Having said all of the above, you can’t charge high-end prices and have a place full of flea market furniture. Nor do you want to charge too little for a luxury retreat. Keep your pricing consistent with what you’re offering and make sure you check the comps in the area.
Maximize Sleeping Areas
Cottages, cabins and chalets are meant for lots of people, and if you’ve got one you better believe people are going to show up to use it – likely more than you bargained for. Plan your sleeping areas to accommodate extra overnight guests, because it will happen. Think about things like bunk beds, futons, sleeper sofas, and even have a few air mattresses on hand.
When it Comes to the Dining Table, Bigger is Better
Dining tables become gathering places in most vacation homes. It’s where everyone gathers to eat, play games – whatever. Make sure you’ve got a space big enough to accommodate a large group of people. If your property is small think about purchasing a drop leaf table or other type of modular table that can grow or shrink as necessary.
Treat the Outdoors Like an Extension of the Indoors
When people go on vacation they want to spend time outdoors. Make sure you’ve got an outdoor space that’s equally as comfortable and inviting as the inside of the home. Create a conversation area and/or eating area where people will want to spend time. Even in a winter rental it’s still a nice idea to have some type of gathering spot outside – maybe around a fire pit if the local bylaws allow it.
If you haven’t bought a property yet make sure you check out my top tips for buying a vacation rental.
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