Nobody goes into their vacation home search looking for the most mediocre home they can find. They don’t “ohh” and “ahh” over old furniture, chipped paint, worn in carpets and outdated decor. As they cycle through your vacation home photos, they’re looking for evidence of a well-maintained and updated home that will make them feel like a VIP while on vacation. Anyone can provide a five-star vacation experience for their guests by making a few updates, all of which can be done without spending a fortune. Here are four ways to upgrade your vacation rental property to luxury status without having a luxury budget:
It can’t be said enough: paint is an easy and inexpensive way to add life and personality to a home. A fresh coat of paint not only hides typical wear and tear on the walls of your home, but also makes the house look well taken care of and up to date. A bright accent wall in a living room or kitchen can brighten up the entire room, and a dramatic color on the front door is an excellent way to make a great first impression. A quart of paint is usually enough to do a bay window or that small area under the stairs and can really make a difference in the overall feel of the home. Before you go out buying new furniture or completely re-doing a theme throughout the home, painting should be on top of your to-do list.
Lighting isn’t only essential in capturing the best features of the home for your vacation rental photography, but it is important in the guests’ stay as well. Modern light fixtures not only brighten up a room but also can serve as elegant decor. Invest in bedside tables with lamps in each bedroom and make sure hallways are well lit. This is an unfamiliar home for guests, and efficient lighting can help make them feel more comfortable. Stylish chandeliers above the dining room table can set the mood for a family dinner, and floor lamps in the living room can help families enjoy game nights together or provide a well-lit space to read.
Choose Crowd-Pleasing Decor
There is a debate in the vacation rental home industry about whether or not to incorporate a theme throughout the home. Some owners like to theme one or two bedrooms to appeal to children. Others choose a more subtle theme, like the beach or the mountains, to carry throughout the home. Remember that the more specific the theme, the more you are narrowing your audience. Choosing generic themes can help appeal to a broader audience. You can pick up knick-knacks and artwork over a long period of time and add it to your collection instead of spending hundreds of dollars all at once. Make sure the furniture and decor you choose for your home serves a purpose and isn’t just taking up space. It’s always more important for a piece of furniture to be comfortable and functional, not just cool to look at.
If your home needs an upgrade in the furniture department, don’t go running out to your nearest luxury furniture store. Instead, think of ways to revamp the pieces you already have. Furniture covers can do wonders for an outdated and faded loveseat, and a fresh coat of paint on an older dining room table can make a world of difference. Estate sales, antique malls, thrift stores, and flea markets are all great places to find cheap furniture that just needs a little TLC. New knobs on dressers, a DIY wooden headboard in the master bedroom, or the creative placement of floor-length mirrors are easy and inexpensive ways to turn boring furniture into showstoppers.
Focus On Guest Experience
If you can combine the comforts and conveniences of home with the luxury and wow factors of being on vacation, you’ll quickly turn first-time guests into repeat guests. Your vacation home needs to be lived in, so don’t fill it with expensive and breakable items that guests are afraid to touch just to make the place look upscale. If you’re going to spend money on impressive upgrades, stick to the kitchens and bathrooms. Modern appliances in the kitchen and spa-inspired features in bathrooms will give your home that luxury feel that guests will love.
If you’re not sure where to start, contact Gia today. We know what California travelers are looking for, and will work with you to step your rental up to the luxury level, all while keeping your budget in mind.
Remember that you don’t have to do a total luxury overhaul all at once. You can make changes little by little to stay within your budget and slowly but surely create a luxury vacation rental that guests will fall in love with.