The bedrooms See that your vacation home has quality, ample bedding: at least two sets of high-quality sheets for each bed, pillows with pillow protectors, extra blankets, and mattress pads. Also provide an alarm clock and reading lamp on a bedside table in each bedroom. The living Area Make sure your living area has comfortable seating for at least the number of people that you sleep and a TV large enough for guests to watch from across the room. Provide at least basic cable, a DVD player, and cards and board games for rainy days. The bathrooms Guests expect the bathrooms to best spotless and demand quality towels. At a minimum, provide:
■ 2 bath towels per guest ■ 2 hand towels per guest
■ 4 washcloths per guest ■ 1 hair dryer
The extras When equipping your vacation rental property, be aware of why guests want to stay in a vacation home instead of a hotel. Consider providing these items:
■ high-speed Internet ■ books, games, videos
■ first aid kit ■ crib
Other amenities that may draw in guests include:
■ video game systems ■ pool tables
■ espresso machines ■ beach or snow gear
Your vacation home is likely already furnished and decorated. However, when you begin renting, it’s important to find a balance between your convenience and your guests’ comfort. First, walk through your vacation home and remove any valuable or irreplaceable items. Then create a lockable closet for storing the personal affects and supplies you want to have on hand. Lastly, make sure the space throughout your home is relatively free of clutter.
The Kitchen When it comes to the kitchen, guests appreciate convenience. Your kitchen should be equipped with enough plates, glasses, and flatware for double the number of people that you sleep. Guests also appreciate conveniences like a coffee pot, adequate cooking gear, and a large dining room table.
Check the current zoning status of the area in which your vacation home resides and be sure to learn about any proposed changes that may affect it. Then, research the status of short-term rentals in your city or county by searching past newspapers for articles about your market. Consider contacting other owners currently renting in your local area to learn more.Homeowners Association Rules In addition to your local municipalities, check with the homeowners association about rules regarding vacation rentals within your complex or subdivision.