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Guest post by Erin Reynolds

7 Surefire Tips for Making Your Home a Desirable Vacation Getaway


The market for vacation homes is really expanding as people realize that they can make significant income in addition to the personal benefits a vacation rental provides. You can make your home a home for visitors. Here’s how you can get started.


Use Durable Furniture and Flooring


The more traffic that comes into your home, the more durable it’s going to need to be. According to a New York Times article, it’s wise to avoid anything that requires a lot of upkeep and maintenance. So, choose flooring that can withstand a lot of foot traffic and messes without ruining the finish. Also, do the same for your furniture, bedding, and bathroom. When you can, find materials that are both durable and stylish.


Cleanliness Is Key


A clean home is a desirable home, and one of the biggest keys to having a spotless floor is taking off shoes in the entryway of the house. Using a quality vacuum cleaner (you can purchase one online for under $100) regularly will also help keep your home clean. Having a good vacuum is vital, especially since it’s one of the few household appliances you’ll use for many years. Of course, if you don’t live close to your vacation home, you won’t be able to keep up with regular cleaning. In this case, it’s best to hire a cleaning service; in Weston, you’ll likely pay between $113 and $247 to have your home cleaned. 


Simplify the Layout


If your home is overcrowded with furniture and other knick-knacks, it might be hard for people to move around. Make your home more inviting by helping people feel comfortable and not claustrophobic. Even small rooms can be turned into open-feeling spaces with the right furniture arrangement. If rearranging your furniture still doesn’t open up the space, you can move some of the furniture to another room or donate or sell it.


Have Items Guests Can Use


When people purchase a vacation home, the first thing they consider is the location. Renters and buyers are drawn to a location because of the opportunities a particular area provides, which is exactly why it’s important to have some entertainment (games, DVDs, etc.) that guests can enjoy to maximize their experience.


A successful vacation home helps make vacation easier for guests. If you have spare bicycles, allow your guests to use them. If you want your guests to enjoy the interior as well, you can also stock up on books and games. If your vacation home is near a body of water, you can stock up on kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, or other water recreation toys.


Use New Bedding


Bedding can be a home for many common household allergens. So, now’s the time to invest in some bedding that’s easily washable and fits with your home. Get multiple sets of bedding so it’s easier to transition and change between guests.


Create a Color Theme for Decoration


Color schemes that fit the natural environment of a vacation rental can make it feel extra cozy and comfortable. What’s more, it makes decorating that much simpler. If you’re feeling creative, choose a color theme for each room. Make the walls and floors neutral but add accents and pops of color with the bedding and other decorations.


Spoil Your Guests with Little Touches


A vacation home with extra soap and shampoo can help anyone in a fix. Other options include making a section in the refrigerator for your guests or even stocking up on extra food they might want to eat. Food plays a huge part of the vacation, and having some local food or making suggestions about tasty local places to eat can make a vacation extra enjoyable.


Invest in new bedding and get durable materials for the house. This will make your furniture and items last longer and help your guests feel comfortable. When you have a clean house that’s neatly organized and feels comfortable, you’ve already helped your guests feel at home.