Amenities Vacation Rental Guests Will Pay More For
You know how people say “location is everything” when talking about the value of a property? There is definitely some truth to this statement, especially for vacation rental guests hoping to get ultimate guest experience on their next vacation. It’s impossible to deny that location of a rental property is important, but it certainly isn’t everything.
Yes, guests are more likely to pay more for vacation homes that are in a prime location. But location is not the only thing that leads to more money for vacation rental owners. There also needs to be a focus on the amenities provided, especially if you’re hoping to get top dollar from your renters.
If you’re trying to get the most from your property rental listing, follow these tips on which rental amenities will help to make it happen.
Provide Your Guests with a “Spa-Like” Experience
Giving your guests a spa-like experience doesn’t mean you need to install an in-home sauna or offer an on-site masseuse. You should, however, provide them with bathroom amenities such as:
– Soap and shampoo
– Body lotion
– Hair dryer
– Toothpaste and mouthwash
– Plush towels and washcloths
Guests booking a hotel room expect to be provided with these basic bathroom staples. But when you offer them with your rental home, it shows your guests that you’re willing to go the extra mile for them. Sure, most guests will travel with their own toothbrush and toothpaste, but in the event that basic toiletries are accidentally left behind, you’ve got their back.
A Rental Kitchen Should Be 100% Functional
Renting a property with a kitchen has some major perks, especially for long-term renters wanting to cook their own meals. Even for short-term rental properties, having a functional kitchen is a necessity, or else guests would have booked a hotel room instead.
Try to keep your kitchen fully stocked with all the essentials, like pots and pans, dishware, silverware, drinking glasses, and coffee mugs. And don’t forget the small kitchen appliances like a blender, tea kettle, and coffee maker. You should also stock up on coffee and tea to ensure that your guests get their early morning caffeine fix.
There may be a few kitchen essentials that slip your mind at first — like a pasta strainer (for some reason renters always forget the pasta strainer…) For this reason, it’s a good idea to make a list before you go shopping to prepare your rental kitchen. You’ll get raving reviews for your rental home if you go above and beyond by providing cooking staples like oils and spices.
Offer Plenty of Entertainment Options for Rainy Days
In popular tourist destinations, vacation rental managers, and property management companies don’t expect their guests to spend much time within the rental property itself. This is a major mistake since it can lead to a lack of comfort and entertainment within the rental unit.
It doesn’t matter where to property is located, you should always offer options for guest entertainment. You never know when a rainy day will keep guests indoors, and you can’t expect them to be satisfied doing nothing. There are plenty of ways to provide entertainment, and you can start with some of all of these amenities:
– Family-friendly games (like board games and a deck of cards)
– Books and magazines
– Smart TV with access to Netflix or Hulu
– Pool table
It’s entirely up to you to decide which entertainment amenities to provide, but just remember that there needs to be some. It’s a good idea to think about your typical guests and what they would find entertaining. Is a pool table really necessary, or would a hot tub be a better fit for your usual guest clientele?
Include Amenities That Make the Property Feel Like Home
One of the main reasons for opting for a rental property rather than a hotel room is to stay somewhere that feels like home. Your guests expect to open the door to the rental house, apartment or condo and immediately feel a rush of cozy homey vibes.
The best way to make a rental feel like home is to keep comfort at an all-time high. For example, you should always offer air conditioning if you are renting in a tropical climate. Guests are known to pay much more for rental properties with AC if it means they won’t be sweating 24/7.
Another “homey” amenity that allows you to increase your nightly rate is a washer and dryer for guest laundry. If you’re renting to family crowds, consider listing your property as a pet-friendly vacation rental and tacking on an extra cost for travelers with pets.
Do Your Best to Promote Eco-Friendly Travel
Eco-friendly travel won’t matter to all of your guests, but some of them will greatly appreciate sustainable rental efforts. There are a few ways to promote sustainable travel habits within your rental property — here are a few tips to get you started:
– Instead of travel-sized toiletries, mount refillable dispensers for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash on the shower wall.
– If you have a Keurig coffee maker, use the refillable pod rather than the disposable Keurig cup refills. Or go old school with a traditional coffee maker.
– Provide your guests with recycling bins if there is a recycling program in your area.
– Change out your traditional incandescent light bulbs for energy-saving LED bulbs.
– Install a water filtration system, and let your guests know that they don’t need to run out to the store for plastic water bottles.
These eco-friendly rental tactics won’t just give your guests peace of mind, they’ll also save you money (and help the environment) in the long run.
When Considering Rate-Boosting Amenities, Comfort is Key
The main thing to think about when renting out your property is how to make the guest experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Keeping this mindset won’t just result in more money for you but also better reviews and higher ratings — which ultimately leads to more bookings and more money in your pocket.
About the author: Caitlin has been traveling and working as a freelance web developer, content writer, and SCUBA instructor since 2014. She is originally from Ohio but has recently lived in Central America, Southeast Asia, India, and Australia – loving life as a digital nomad. Other than writing about her travel experiences, her main passions are yoga, ocean conservation, and sustainable development.