When we visit a vacation home to provide our photography, video, or consultation service, we consider several factors in evaluating its preparedness as a rental.
Homeowners ask for this feedback, and we share our honest observations.
Here are a few of the top items we evaluate:
- Check all decorative pillows and blankets for visible stains, mildew, or a musty smell. Either wash them or toss them.
- Look closely at the lamp shades – are they yellowed, ripped, frayed? Toss them.
- Are there adequate kitchen supplies? We recommend that you provide enough silverware, plates, cups, etc., for twice the number of guests your home accommodates. Check for wine glasses, a few cooking pans, and some basic cleaning supplies. Replace any tired looking plastic Tupperware, cups, etc.
Your vacation rental home means so much to you. Like many homeowners, you might refer to it as your “happy place.” So, it’s only natural that you might feel sentimental about your family décor and the comfortable, casual feel of your furnishings. Keep in mind that your guests far prefer the look and feel of a clean, fresh, and uncluttered home. The bottom line is this: If this was a vacation rental you were staying in, would you feel comfortable with its cleanliness and impressed by its décor and supplies?
And here is a nice wrap-up of décor ideas specific to a vacation rental, Decorating Your Vacation Rental: 5 Tips . Our favorite piece of advice – “Be clean and uncluttered. Resist the urge to walk around your primary residence, saying “ ‘I don’t want this anymore, so maybe I can send it to the vacation house?’ ”