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How to Get Your Vacation Rental Ready for Winter

October is a time of transitions. As the leaves shed their green coats in favor of yellows, oranges, and reds, we find ourselves grabbing our own coats or perhaps a warm pumpkin spice latte. In the world of vacation rentals, guests are trading their sunscreen and flip flops for rain boots or skis. When that crispness in the air arrives, it’s time to switch gears in your home as well—it’...

Small Design Upgrades That Make a Big Difference for Your Vacation Rental

A well-designed vacation rental is most effective when it serves as a seamless backdrop to the perfect getaway. Think about your own travel experiences. When you get in the car to head home, what’s the first thing you say? Is it that the bed was too lumpy, or is it about how you slept well, ate well, and enjoyed quality time together without any hassles? Hopefully your guests are talking more a...

The Best Vacuum Cleaners for Your Vacation Rental

People are constantly coming in and out of vacation rentals and you or your housekeeper might have limited time to make your home sparkling in between guests. It’s important to invest in a powerful, reliable vacuum cleaner, which can save time and increase the longevity of your carpets, rugs, wood floors, upholstery, and furniture. We’ve compiled a few pointers to help you find a vacuum that ...

How Guest Reviews Get You More Bookings

Reviews play a major role in driving bookings to your vacation rental. They help to establish credibility and create trust with guests, and provide you with valuable insights on how to enhance the guest experience. Guests use reviews to help decide where they should spend their hard-earned money and time off. If they see that others had a poor experience, they’ll likely be reluctant to choose y...

How to Decorate to a Theme Without Being Kitschy

Decorating your vacation home is the perfect time to get a little creative and incorporate some style choices you might not include in your everyday house. Guests are there to have fun, and you can help set the mood for them with a fun home interior. When you choose a theme, it’s easy to get excited and continue to add more and more to it. But sometimes themes can go a little too far. Over the ...

How to Create a Spa-quality Bathroom For Your Guests

If there’s one place you can be sure guests will visit during their stay in your vacation rental, it’s the bathroom. It’s a room that’s often overlooked in interior decorating, but it only takes a small investment to make a big difference. Before you know it, you’ll be gifting your guests a spa-like experience right inside your vacation home. We’re sharing some of the best strateg...

The Importance of Matching Dishes and Glasses ​

One of the main reasons people choose a vacation rental over a hotel is to have access to a fully equipped kitchen. In stocking your rental kitchen, it’s important to keep in mind that guests do expect a certain level of professionalism during their stay. Simple touches like matching dishes and cups can go a long way in improving guest perception of a vacation home. Mismatched mugs and plates mi...

Should I Put Plants in My Vacation Rental?

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

How Many Pillows is Too Many For My Vacation Rental?

Decorating a vacation rental can be difficult, as it’s quite different from decorating the home you live in. You want your rental to look impeccable in photos and appealing to guests when they first walk in, but you also want it to be comfortable and livable. Vacations are all about relaxing, and since beds and sofas are the most comfortable parts of your home, they’re what many people wi...

A Housekeeper’s View of Your Vacation Rental

As the owner of a vacation rental, you’ve likely spent plenty of time considering how guests will experience your home. You want to make a good first impression, provide a comfortable stay, and make sure they have everything they need. While that’s certainly important, there’s another group to keep in mind when furnishing or decorating your rental. Housekeepers spend nearly as much time in y...