Whether you are preparing for low season, or enjoying the peak bookings of high season, your short term holiday rental needs to be as inviting as possible. Many rental owners assume that guests are desperate enough to find accommodation, that they will take just about anything. While bookings are certainly in higher demand during peak season, the choice between your rental and your competitor can often come down to something as simple as how inviting your rental is to guests.
Offering guests a home from home means providing them with a space that feels as close to home as possible. Some of the most sought-after rentals have long known the value of adding touches to each room to increase their guests sense of comfort. The good news is that you can enhance your short term holiday rental without breaking the bank.
How to Make Your Short Term Holiday Rental More Welcoming
How do you ensure that guests feel at home from the moment they see your short term holiday rental listing? For starters, you can consider the following tips:
- Make sure that your rental is expertly managed. Professional short term rental management is without a doubt the most effective, efficient way to ensure that your guests will have a consistently excellent stay every single time. A good management service will offer everything from day to day management to bookings management, marketing and guest concierge. Managed listings are more likely to develop a reputation for being well-run and consistent, which further helps you succeed in increasing your bookings.
- Boost the power of your welcome pack. Once guests arrive, they will be presented with a welcome pack. This can be as basic as a list of house rules and suggestions on local restaurants and attractions. To get even more value from your welcome pack, you could add in extras to make guests feel at home. Home-backed cookies, fresh flowers, tour brochures, concierge numbers and a note welcoming them to your rental can all go a long way in making guests feel welcome.
- Stock up the kitchen. You could include items that are basic and simple, or even ask guests what sort of food they prefer, or whether anyone in the group has any food allergies. Adding a few products that you know guests will love will almost always make the right impression. Consider your last holiday for a moment to think about what items in the fridge and pantry would have made you feel at home.
- Don’t forget the small details. Sometimes, it is easy to overlook the small touches. These can make a huge difference however. Things to remember include stocking up on firewood during winter, multiple ice trays in summer, heated towel racks, scented candles, a well-stocked book shelf with a wide selection of books, a few board games, toys for kids, a first aid kit, extra batteries, torches, matches, lighters, food delivery menus, DVDs, extra blankets, snacks, and any other items that you consider useful in your own home.
If you would like to learn more about working with a dedicated short term rental manager, simply get in touch today to arrange an evaluation of your property.