New episode now streaming! Sense of Placetakes us to Nashville, where we meet new property hosts and pick up surprising vacation rental insights. Join Matt Landau on his adventurous tour of this lively Music City.
We’re thrilled to sponsor this new digital series, which shines a light on the great vacation rental movement. To celebrate our partnership with Sense of Place, we’re giving away a limited quantity of branded apparel. Winners will be selected weekly to celebrate the last four episodes of the season.
Our first episode ofSense of Placeis now streaming! We’re thrilled to sponsor this new digital series, which shines a light on the great vacation rental movement. In the first of our four sponsored episodes, VR expert Matt Landau takes us to amazing sites on Anna Maria Island, FL. He introduces us to great local people, including an warm host, and along the way we pick up useful tips on improving a property’s look and enhancing the guest experience.
You’ve done the research, stocked up on the rightessentials, and have an awesome host profile. Yet, you still feel like you’re not quite guest-ready. We aim to help. Here are three simple tips to help make sure you offer a memorable stay.
Tip #1: Clear the Clutter
We know the temptation. You want to fill your vacation rental with quality furniture and accessories that reflect your cool, collected style. But ask yourself; could this cool and collected leave guests feelingcramped and cluttered?
Instead, thinkminimalistic. Focus on furnishing your rental with a few practical items (sofas, tables, and chairs) while leaving ample space for moving around. If an item in a room doesn’t provide value for your guests, take it out. Ultimately, this will help make your place more comfortable and inviting.
Tip #2: Let in the Light
Without properlighting, even the most well-designed space can feel small and dingy. Natural light can make a home feel more spacious and welcoming. In rooms not meant for sleeping, consider taking down curtains and blinds to help open the space up and let in the natural light.
While natural light is a great way to open a home, not every space has this option. Instead, placing table and floor lamps throughout your home is a fantastic way to provide sufficient light and give guests more control in using it. Additionally, overhead lighting fixtures that fit your space and budget can create a comfortable ambiance that still feels clutter-free.
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Tip #3: Affordable Luxury
There are two simple ways we recommend making your home feel luxurious, and neither will break the bank. The first is by adding one or two “wow” items in each room. A “wow” item is something that will make your home feel unique, like a fun house plant or silly art piece that guests won’t find anywhere else. Subtledetailslike these can help highlight your personal touch and bring your listing to the next level.
The second simple way is throughcolor.When decorating your space, think about how you want your guests to feel. What emotions are you hoping to evoke? Often times, the right color choice is dependent on location. For example, a mountain cottage calls for warm reds, oranges and yellows to help stir up feelings of comfort and coziness. On the other hand, a beach rental may be filled with light blues, grays, greens and whites to complement your guests’ relaxing tropical getaway experience.
So, what is the secret ingredient to keeping your place booked? Simplicity. Make sure your space feels open and uncluttered, use color wisely to evoke mood, and be sure not to overdo it. After all,luxurycan be found in the details, with a few simple items that are aimed to impress.