Maintaining and Updating your Vacation Rental during the Off Season

Recently we had a homeowner do a complete remodel of her unit. She chose her updates wisely and what a HUGE impact her choices made.

Consider new living room furniture and flooring
Sofas that look dingy, saggy and outdated are an instant turn-off to renters. Many times, your living room photo is the first thing that guests see from your web presentation and often immediately sends them clicking the next house. Replace worn, mismatched and dated pieces, and please don’t use plastic outdoor furniture indoors! Worn and dirty carpet holds moisture, odors, dirt and hair. We recommend replacing carpet in the main living areas with laminate or wood-look vinyl/tile for a low-maintenance, easy to clean surface that looks fresh and modern.

Before                                                                                        

living/bedroom

After

living/bedroom makeover

9 Steps to Wonderful

During the off season be sure to take advantage of updating your property. Returning guests like to see that their well earned money is spent on where they vacation. When they see updates they are more likely to continue renting the same property. So, try to keep your usuals by doing some of the following:

1 Paint. Try light and coastal colors like these

 
  color palette

2 Change the cushions on your couch or invest in re-upholstery or a slip cover

 chair makeover

3 Update throw pillows in living room

 

4 New comforters/quilts

5  Updated TVs (the flat screens go on sale during Thanksgiving)

BONUS: Streaming HDMI devices such as Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Roku are an exciting low-cost addition to bedrooms, media rooms and game rooms! These devices connect to Wi-Fi and plug into an HDMI port to allow your guests to use their own Netflix, Hulu and premium channel accounts. These devices are a one-time cost and range from $35-50 each, and can be purchased online or at retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club and Best Buy. We recommend Roku – it has a remote!

6 Update to neutral or modern curtains including shower curtains and living room and bedrooms

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7 Remove all items that may be fading or collecting dust like faux floral arrangements

8 New dining room table and chairs or just new chair cushions

Rental Dining Room Makeover:

9 Replace or remove artwork on the walls (dated/faded)

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Inexpensive Solutions

Furniture Solutions

Re-upholster your couch instead of buying a new one

Replace throw pillows on couches and beds for a quick refresh

Slip Covers on couches

Make or Replace Dining Room Chair Cushions – Ikea

PAINT!!! 

This makes the biggest impact in a room. A little fresh paint can change the entire mood of a room

Decor

New Artwork- Hobby Lobby, Ikea, Big Lots, Target

Throw Rug in Living Space if Floors are not updated

Visit our Pinterest DIY Page HERE for How To’s

pinterest makeover

Audio Visual How To

Take away from this short video–Try these simple changes to transform a small coastal room:

Stick with neutrals in smaller spaces

Bedskirt , Hand Stitched Shams and light coverlet

Light color and light weight Curtains

Sleek lighting

Throw for the end of the bed and pattern

Long Floating Shelf

Think Color, Pattern, Organization and Space

When to Replace bedding and household linens
Replace every year: Pillows, shower curtains, mattress pads. Check blankets and throw rugs for stains and wear.

Every 2-3 years: Comforters/quilts, throw pillows, area rugs. Check curtains for sun bleaching and wear.

Have you replaced your mattresses since 2009? Mattresses should be replaced after 7 years. Uncomfortable mattresses account for a large number of negative reviews and guest complaints and make a big impact on your guest’s choice to return for next year. Don’t forget to check sleeper sofa and trundle mattresses as well.
Please schedule all of your household linens to be washed. This service is offered on your addendum!

Inspiration Photos

For the 2017 Rental Season!
Need advice on prioritizing your updates to maximize income? Let us help.
propertymanagers@bluewaternc.com Homeowner Hotline: (866) 848-8080
Each season, we continue to see stronger rentals throughout the year as a result of home improvements. Guests are more likely to leave reviews and ratings for rentals where the owner is actively making updates and 65% more likely to return to that same rental for the next year. Repeat guests are an important part of both our success and yours. Here are some simple updates you should be doing this winter to maximize your bookings and secure more positive reviews and return guests.

New Accent Chairs

New Carpeting

Painted Walls

Artwork

Rearrange Furniture

Painted Walls

All New Furniture

New Flooring

living room makeover

Throw Rug

New Couch

New Flooring

Throw Pillows

bedroom makeover

Headboards

Comforters

New Flooring

Re-arrange furniture