TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CREATING AN EXPERIENCE YOUR GUESTS WILL LOVE!
Jennifer Beckford Founder and Principle Stylist Imajen Interiors Inc
Good design isn’t just about decor, it encompasses functionality, ambience and evoking particular emotion. When talking about short-term rentals, it is often about comfort and luxury. Here are our tips to help you successfully style your short-term rental.
STYLE YOUR PROPERTY WITH YOUR TARGET CLIENT IN MIND Take a moment and think about your target guest. What will they need to feel comfortable and enjoy their stay?
INVEST IN QUALITY FURNITURE It is important to invest in quality furniture that can stand up to heavy use. Not only does this ensure a longer life span, but it demonstrates a pride of ownership and luxury that will result in an increased respect for the space.
The people who occupy the primary bedroom are likely the same ones who booked the rental and will leave a review, so make sure they are comfortable. Great bedding, memory foam mattresses, squishy comfy pillows, throw pillows and accessible charging stations can make all the difference.
What Guests Want …
NOT SURE HOW TO TARGET YOUR HOME TO YOUR PREFERRED GUEST? HERE ARE A FEW COMMON GUESTS YOU MIGHT ENCOUNTER.
Families will be looking for child-proof spaces with child-friendly features like plastic dishware, games, highchairs and outdoor play areas.
Couples on the other hand, will be looking for spaces that encourage romance and relaxation with a luxurious feel.
If you wish to attract business professionals, reliable Wifi, designated workspaces and a well stocked coffee station will be important.
Creating a spa-like feel is simpler than you realize. Start by investing in a shower fixture with multiple settings. Stock the cabinets with body wash, shampoo, conditioner, Q-tips and cotton balls. Finally, create that spa-like ambiance with lush towels, natural scented bath products and even a few candles!
EXPERIENCE BOOSTERS GUESTS WILL APPRECIATE
GREET THEM IN STYLE Start their stay on a welcoming note and ensure an enjoyable stay with an introduction to your home and neighborhood. You can create a welcome basket that includes local goods or souvenirs, local information and a personal welcome note as well as a welcome book with access codes, Wifi passwords, contact information, instructions for appliances and general house rules.
MAXIMIZE OUTDOOR SPACE The backyard is often an untapped opportunity. Not only does it offer additional living space but a thoughtfully designed backyard also increases opportunities for guests to make memories! Some features, such as hot tubs, are shown to increase nightly rates and occupancy rates!
CREATE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY In this day and age of social media, no one can resist a good photo opportunity. Keep this in mind when designing the space to ensure this is a perfect spot to invite captured moments. This might include murals, lighting or a feature wall with wallpaper, concrete panels, wood slats or custom tiles.