If our home was in a more desirable location, we would totally begin the process of cleaning it up and making it tourist-ready, what a great way to share your home’s great location with others! If you DO have a home in a hot spot for tourists and are considering selling or renting it, there a few things you can do from a tourist’s perspective to make your home their top pick every time.
A few changes like the ones below can help you flip your home as a vacation rental. Be sure to know the laws and insurance policies that you need in place, as well as city ordinances and things like that. The following tips are great once you have cleared those hurdles.
- Freshen up. If the walls need paint, do it now. Keep it neutral as you can make your decor and furnishings add color and personality. Change air filters, clean out exhaust fans, wash windows, wipe down door knobs and railings.
- Keep the yard work taken care of. Mow the grass, trim, weed flower beds, etc. Plant easy-to-care-for flowers and plants, lay new mulch if needed and sweep off sidewalks and driveways.
- Take stock of your linens (if you will provide them) and kitchenwares. Every mattress should have a waterproof liner unless you want to replace the mattresses often. Keeping in mind that some families with young children will stay in your home, be sure every bed has two sets of sheets. Keep them in labeled plastic bags once washed and dried. Imagine a middle of the night sheet change when someone has an accident or gets sick – mom and dad will thank you!In the kitchen, be sure you have enough forks, knives, and spoons. Keep a basket or plastic bin tucked in a cabinet with kid-friendly utensils, plastic bowls, and plates. Not every parent wants their child using a real glass, metal fork or heavy plate. When you do things like this, make sure your rental listing includes these details. As a parent, these details will help sway me because I’ll be bringing my family and the less I can pack, the better!
- Consider what “gear” you can keep at the house. If you are near the beach, create an area in the garage/basement/shed/closet where you can keep a couple of beach chairs, umbrella, a bin of sand toys. If your home has a pool or shares a community pool, consider floaties and beach balls, pool noodles, things like that. Do you have a couple bicycles that are in good condition that you can clean up and leave as well? Maybe reusable shopping bags, board games, video game system, puzzles for rainy days? These are all “touches” and details that you can rely on for your home to stand out.
- Replace any broken, damaged, outdated and ugly furniture. Most of your furniture you will want to go with you to your new home, so parting with things can be logistically nightmarish. Check out CORT Furniture Rental where you can rent piece-by-piece OR do a whole home move-in ready approach. Everything is delivered to your door, you can set it up and rent for as long as you need. Want to change the look of your home? Easy!
There are definitely ways you can turn your beach home or another ideal location home into a rental and begin earning an income from it! Make your home beautiful and rent furniture and housewares from CORT, spruce up the paint and flooring, and you’re more than halfway there!