Plants can brighten up a home and serve as beautiful decor accents. But do they belong in a vacation rental? The short answer: no.

plants in vacation rentalIt’s important to keep in mind that a vacation home is not a regular home, and even though it may be frequently occupied, it’s best to keep things as simple to maintain as possible.

Plants require a lot of maintenance, and while some of your guests will make the effort to care for them during a stay, many will not (and shouldn’t have to). In fact, many guests won’t even notice whether or not there are plants in the home.

Similarly, asking housekeepers to water plants takes time away from cleaning the rest of your home, and hiring a plant service can be a costly endeavor. Plus, neither option will be a viable solution during extended guest stays.

While plants may not add much value to your vacation home during a guest stay, they can help add a warm and welcoming touch when taking photos of our home for online listings. Consider placing fresh flowers throughout the home when your home is being photographed.

What about fake plants?

It might seem as though fake plants would be a great solution for adding greenery to your home without the need for constant care, but these actually require quite a bit of upkeep themselves. They need to cleaned frequently, can fall apart easily, and can serve to remind your guests that they’re not staying in a “real home.”

If you do decide to put fake plants in your home, be sure to invest in higher quality ones that will last longer. Check out options at AllModern, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and Sage & Co.

One smart way to incorporate fake plants with minimal maintenance required is to create a terrarium with fake plants inside. This solution only requires the glass container to be cleaned.

If you really want plants in your vacation rental…

If you really love plants, and you use your home often, it’s certainly possible to incorporate them into the home. Choose hardy plants that require minimal care and can manage with not much light (as guests may move them around). Try aloe, spider plants, jade, or a snake plant.

Check to make sure any plants you choose are not dangerous to children or pets as well!

The decision of whether or not to add plants to your vacation rental is ultimately up to you, but whatever your choice, make sure you manage the upkeep of any plants (real or fake) so guests enjoy a clean and well-cared for home during their stay.

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Author: Allison Busse

Allison is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist at Vacasa in Portland, Oregon. She creates resources for vacation rental homeowners with the help of Vacasa's team of experts. Outside of work Allison loves hiking, biking, cooking, and reading.