If when you buy your holiday home it has been recently decorated and is newly furnished then you’re in the best position to consider renting out your holiday home. However the majority of properties will need a coat of paint and a few extra home furnishings to ensure the place is complete for guests.
The style you choose should be the one that will suit the widest variety of holidaymakers nevertheless be sure to avoid the plain anonymous look of a hotel. Don’t forget your guests are paying to rent a private holiday villa or apartment, the decoration, fixtures, fittings and furnishings you choose should emphasize the image of a friendly and welcoming holiday home. The choices you make in terms of furnishings and decoration will depend principally on your own tastes and it is essential that you personalise the property, however before you buy a bright spotted rug or antique style dining table be sure to read our ‘Top Ten Tips’ below.
1. Keep all colours light – choose off-white and pastel style colours; this will make your property appealing to a variety of different people meaning you have more chance of getting more booking enquiries.
2. Add a few individual touches – add points of interest to your property by adding a little of your own style. Small areas of colour, unusual ornaments, pictures and rugs can be a very effective way of achieving this. This can also give guests a friendly home from home feel.
3. Go for a quality finish – buy hard-wearing furnishings, fixtures and fittings. Guests will be more likely to take extra care of quality and superior items. Additionally, they should last longer and stand more wear and tear; this means you won’t have to replace them so often.
4. Pick easy-clean fixtures and fittings – choose practical features which are easy to clean and will remain looking well after a long season of rentals. E.G. Leather sofas are great for holiday homes, because if anything is spilt it can be easily wiped off.
5. Have a safe or locking cupboard – personal storage space will mean less for you to bring out when you visit, it will also save you from bringing items backwards and forwards all the time. You could also use this space to protect fragile or valuable items you don’t want to get broken.
6. Provide your guests with essential items – make your place a home from home for guests, it is unlikely they will use your holiday home again if they have to provide everything themselves. Bedding and towels are two clear examples, but things such as outdoor furnishings and beach towels can make a holiday a lot more enjoyable. Stocking up on toilet rolls and other bathroom essentials is always a good idea. In places where tap water can not be drunk, ensure you provide at least one bottle of water.
7. Don’t spend too much on trendy features – unless you’re aiming for the high class part of the market.
8. Never leave clutter lying around the place – guests won’t want to feel like they are coming into your home, so be sure to keep personal items stored away out of sight.
9. Be sure not to go cutting corners – this could cost you more money in the long-run as you could find you have to replace things all the time. Pick fixtures and fittings which will last, this will also give guests a better impression, and they are more likely to come back in the future.
10. Don’t settle for second-hand goods – if you intend to rent out you holiday home to genuine paying customers filling the place with shabby old furniture is not a good idea.
We hope these top tips should ensure you get your holiday home ready for renting out to paying guests. Don’t forget that bearing your guests in mind at this stage could not only save you a lot of aggravation but could also save you a lot of money in the long-run!! Good luck!