How to prepare your vacation home for guests!
Not sure what you need to provide in your in your vacation rental? No problem we are here to help! As someone who has stayed in many resorts, vacation homes, and holiday homes around the world, one thing that always strikes me is the variety in what is provided in each different place.
The question of what to provide in your vacation home is a tough one, because it really depends on several factors. Who is your typical guest? Are you hoping to appeal to families with young children or adults only, or is your home rental more appealing to a couple? If younger families are going to be your main market you should ensure that the home is child friendly – supplying things like a crib and high chair will be very much appreciated, as will some family friendly games, toys and DVDs.
Technology is one of the top requirements for vacationers these days. It seems that even though we’re on vacation we still need to stay connected to our everyday lives by email or the internet. Things that we might take for granted at home (like high-speed internet) may not be available in some rural areas, so home owners cannot easily provide it. Where it is available though, vacationers often expect to have it provided within a vacation home.
I|t's a given that your vacation home needs to be adequately furnished. Opinions are divided between home owners as to whether you spend a lot of money furnishing your vacation home, or spend less. Again this could depend on your typical visitor – if you’re trying to appeal to the high-end vacationers you want to furnish it with quality furniture and accessories. Vacationers are likely to respect the fact that you have good quality furniture and will take more care of it. If your market is families, you should expect that some things will get a little more beaten up than others, so maybe you don’t want to buy top of the line furnishings, expecting to have to replace them every 5 years or so.
Many little extras can go a long way to making sure guests renting your vacation home have a stress-free visit. Providing condiments such as pepper and salt, maybe some herbs and spices, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, plastic wrap and foil wrap, kitchen towel, and more will be really appreciated, as these are items that often get forgotten about when vacationers are packing for their trip. You could also take this a step further and provide picnic equipment, plastic cups and drinks containers.
A welcome pack is a welcome relief for home renters, especially following a long journey. If a vacationer arrives on a plane they won’t be bringing food and drink with them, and even if they do, a welcome pack just gives them a great start to their vacation! Coffee, tea, milk, bread, fruit, butter and basics, plus you could leave a supply of pasta, ketchup and the like too. Usually anyone who uses these will replace them before they leave.
The information pack is also incredibly beneficial. Provide any information that a guest may need to know about your vacation home such as how to operate appliances, and who to call if they have a problem. But also make sure you give information about the surrounding area. You can pick up many excellent guide books and leaflets from your local tourism office, and they are generally free. Maps and guides to the best restaurants, attractions and popular places in the area will help travelers find their way around and will enhance their overall experience on their vacation and in your home!
Stay There Yourself
The last thing that a home owner should do before renting out their vacation home is to actually stay there for a week or so themselves. This is the best way to really figure out if you’ve remembered to provide everything a renter will need to be comfortable and enjoy their stay. There are bound to be a few things that you’ve missed, but you are more likely to catch them by staying there yourself.
A great way to keep track of the visitors that stay in your vacation home is to create a guest book for travelers to sign when they stay there. A Traveler guestbook is also a great way to not only get feedback on your vacation property, but also provides traveler s with reviews from past guests.