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Mar 22 2012

Vacation Rental “Silent Killer”: Small Beds

In The Ideal Listing series, we discussed a number of ways to make your online vacation rental listing as effective as possible from a marketing perspective. But also important are the unnoticed pitfalls that can negate any of your wonderful marketing efforts and cause prospective vacationers to opt for another property over yours. I call them the Silent Killers because, most of the time, one never realizes why their listing has not received inquiries or bookings, often despite receiving many hits/views.

What beds do you offer?

One of the “deadliest” of the Silent Killers is the lack of a queen or king bed. The human body is considerably larger than it was a few generations ago, and couples these days are just not willing to spend an entire week sleeping in a double bed. Vacation is meant to be relaxing and rejuvenating, and a good night’s sleep is essential to that. My family house was filled with wonderful, old double beds – but they’re all gone, replaced by a queen and two sets of twins, one of which can be easily converted to a king.

Obviously, some cottages with small bedrooms cannot accommodate a large bed. But most can, and homeowners simply don’t realize the importance of offering at least one (if not more) queen or king beds. The twin-to-king converter is a simple, T-shaped piece of foam that costs a mere $12-$15. Large beds are becoming so necessary to vacationers that we have even considered adding this feature to our Power Search process on WeNeedaVacation.com.

Do you offer at least one queen or king size bed? Did you ever consider how detrimental NOT having a larger bed could be?

Vacation Rental “Silent Killer”: Small Beds
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About the author

Elizabeth Weedon

Elizabeth Weedon - Although I’ve worked for WeNeedaVacation.com since 2008, I’ve been a loyal homeowner on the site since early 1998, just a few months after the website was launched by the Talmadges. I grew up summering on the Vineyard and have managed my family's rental home there since the mid-1980’s. I’m passionately devoted to the Vineyard – and to WeNeedaVacation.com, which I credit with enabling me to hold onto the special property that has been in our family since the 1920’s. An enthusiastic member of the WNAV.com Homeowner Support Team, I am particularly involved with our new listers, providing assistance with the sign-up process and advice about how to create the most effective listing to ensure their booking success with us. I have recently taken over our press and public relations needs. And, with owner Joan Talmadge, I am also responsible for editing and writing much of the content on our website, our monthly newsletters, and the blog posts. My husband and I live in Wellesley where we have raised our 2 grown kids and our Black Lab, Maisie. Email Elizabeth

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    Elizabeth,
    Appreciate your work, I always disappointed with the food facility, actually I am vegetarian, and its difficult to get veg food during vacation.
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  3. Nerissa Oliphant

    Elizabeth,
    Thank you for this information. Although I am woman of about 155lbs, I am rather tall (5’9″ to be exact) and I have a king bed myself. I find that when I am searching for a comfortable B & B, the nice bed size is upon the first things on my wish list. Nevertheless, I am frequently disappointed when KING is not available. More often than not, I just settle for the queen.

    Thanks again for the info!

    Kind Regards,
    Nerissa_O

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