Deb Tebbs Group

Cascade Sotheby's International Realty

Decorating a Vacation Rental Property for Success

While the location and price range may be the most important elements when owning a successful rental property, the furniture and decor are also priority. A welcoming, well-appointed space makes your property more appealing to the discerning renter. Make your property stand out to potential renters with these tips.

   Design Themes

Take into consideration the property’s location when deciding on a theme. In Florida, property managers suggest using a beach theme, while a log cabin motif might be more appropriate for a home in the mountains. Whatever the theme, make an effort to maintain it throughout the house to give the entire space a consistent vibe. Benjamin Moore offers a color-matching app that allows users to easily take their color selections, whether they are trying to match a piece of furniture or coordinate trim with an existing base color.

   Make the Most of Your Space

Vacation rentals are often more crowded than a family home, making the use of space especially important. Provide ample furniture sleeping space for comfort, while still making plenty of storage available to your guests. recommends including enough furniture in the living room of a vacation rental home to seat the maximum occupancy. When it comes to decorative pieces, less is more. Once the space is filled with all of the necessary furniture and amenities, avoid over-crowding with unnecessary decor. Great results can be achieved by making careful choices, though. For example, because a bathroom mirror is a necessity, opt for one that captures your theme such as one surrounded by seashells for a beach property.

   Comfort, Comfort, Comfort

Vacationers are usually seeking a place to relax and enjoy a new destination, and the amenities where they stay are especially important. Televisions, hot tubs, internet access, fireplaces and porches are among the most desirable amenities that renters look for in a rental property, along with the comforts and convenience of home. offers a selection of duvet covers that can transform a frumpy comforter into a new look that complements your theme.

   Specific Types of Renters

Is your home set up for large families, newlywed couples, multi-generational visitors, travelers with pets? Decide what types of renters you are targeting and ensure your home is equipped with all the comforts to attract these renters.

Discover Vacation Homes states that 23 percent of leisure travelers are grandparents, 37 percent of whom have been on a trip with their grandchildren in the past 12 months. Consider offering a kids’ room with bunk beds, tropical fish wallpaper and child-sized furniture to accommodate families traveling with little ones.

Another niche market increasing in popularity is people traveling with pets. Thirteen percent of adults have traveled with pets in the last three years, notes Discover Vacation Homes. Select stain-resistant flooring and easy-clean furniture to make your rental home pet-friendly. You might even find a cute set of dog bowls to have on-hand for your four-legged guests.

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