Adding Value to your Vacation Rental Home

Adding Value to your Vacation Rental Home

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Many have secured vacation rental properties in recent years since this investment works in two positive ways. Property equity usually increases over the years, and rental income can provide additional revenue. The competition for vacation renters is especially significant when located in popular destinations. You should know that potential clientele will be viewing your home along with many others before they choose their favorite vacation home. Make your place the one they choose by using the following tips.

Curb Appeal

As soon as your vacation guests see the exterior of your home they have already formed an opinion. If they don’t like what they see on the outside, they will have a negative first impression. Pay attention to “packaging” with the utilization of attractive landscaping, a well-manicured yard, and flowering plants. If you have a front porch place some Rockers or Adirondack chairs there with decorative items for charm like baskets, potted flowers, a nice welcome mat, a suspended artistic mobile or a small wind chime.

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”

This is not just a motto but a fact of life. Your home should be clean inside and out including the porches, patios or decks. Furniture, rugs, bedding, towels, counters, and cabinets should be stain free. Windows, mirrors, ovens, sinks, toilets, and baths must be spotless. You must strive to have an attractive ultra-clean look just like when you entertain guests at home.

Creature Comforts

Everyone loves comfort, especially when you are on vacation. Comfortable furnishings are essential in the main living area and bedrooms. Beds should have quality mattresses, pillows, and high-quality sheets. Towels in the bathrooms should be large and plush. Outdoor furniture should also address comfort. Cushions on lounge furniture and pillows are very inviting. Large TVs are a must for the living area and master bedrooms. A stereo system of some kind is a big plus while a free Wi-Fi connection is a must.

Amenities & Accoutrements

Major amenities place your vacation rental home above and beyond the competition. Significant but costly amenities include having a Swimming Pool and/or a Hot Tub. Some owners put in an Outdoor kitchen with a Wet Bar and comfortable furnishings. However, there are less costly features that will make your guests feel at home. Some opt to place a Keurig type coffee maker in the kitchen with a complimentary assortment of flavors available. A picnic or umbrella table with an outdoor gas grill should be readily available for cookouts and dining al fresco. The placement of a small affordable fountain feature, flowering beds, and hanging baskets provides an inviting setting. A charming atmosphere can be achieved with simple battery operated or natural Tea Lights in decorative containers throughout the home.

Don’t forget the Kids

Usually, people spend vacations with their families, so kids are included. A colorful Kid’s Bunk Room can sleep four or more and be designed for lots of fun. Include video or board games, puzzles, a stuffed animal or two and favorite movies to play. A basketball hoop and access to a croquet set, badminton or volleyball could be included if you have space.


Be sure to create an atmosphere in your vacation home that reflects the lifestyle of the area. If you have a mountain home think about rustic lodge type décor. A place near the beach should have a casual coastal look with tropically inspired accents.

You are invited to see some great examples of many quality Destin vacation rental homes for ideas that are managed by Ocean Reef Resorts all along the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida. Multiple images are available for each on their user-friendly website. We trust that this will be very helpful to you.

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