Marketing Your Vacation Rental

The Power of a Vacation Rental Home Makeover

Written by Becky Fischer
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Last spring, embarked on a new and exciting project. Together with interior designer Joanie Landers of, we completed a home makeover of a Harwich vacation rental.  Our goal was to show that some inexpensive home improvements, along with freshening up and decluttering, can make a dramatic difference in creating a welcoming and comfortable experience for guests and vastly improve the owner’s booking results.

Here are the tasks that we tackled:

  • Removed some extra furniture to help the rooms feel larger
  • Painted a few pieces of furniture to provide a fresher, brighter décor
  • Purchased new throw pillows, wall art, and area rug
  • Painted two rooms
  • Removed personal items such as photographs and photo albums
  • Decluttered cabinets and shelves – less is more!
  • Replaced tired looking lampshades and curtains

So here it is – a 2-month Home Makeover, costing less than $3,000, and leading to an increase in vacation rental revenue!

Before and After Photos of Dining Room

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Before and After Photos of Living Room

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Midway through the summer, the homeowner told us that she had booked more weeks and received nine more inquiries than during the same time the previous year.

Here is how the homeowner summarized the results:

“I was able to rent eight weeks during the summer and one in September. That was an increase over last year when I rented only six weeks altogether. I did not increase the price this year, but I plan on increasing it next year because of the makeover.
Ann Marie
Harwich Homeowner
She continued, “I received so many compliments from friends, family, and renters. Everyone loves the new look! I feel that the time, money, and energy was well worth it. Joanie was a great motivating force in this makeover. I have been wanting to declutter and freshen up things at the house, and she really helped me to accomplish that. I love the way the house looks now, and it is so much easier to keep it looking fresh and clean for my renters! I have already received one glowing guest review this summer!”

About the author

Becky Fischer

Becky Fischer - I have worked for since 2003 and have lived in Brewster with my husband and three children since 2006. I grew up outside of Boston, spent summer vacations on Nantucket, and was married in Orleans. My favorite activities on the Cape are walking on the CCRT, deep breaths at the beach, oystering, yoga classes, and working with my community to support the schools and local events. Wearing several hats at work, I offer photography and video services to homeowners, work closely with the Chambers of Commerce, promote the site through social media, and distribute thousands of buckets, frisbees and lawn signs! You should see my garage! Email Becky