My name is Samantha Wester, owner and Designer of Samantha Kate Design & Interiors. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, I began my design career after graduating with BS-Interior Design from Southwest Texas State. Growing up in South Austin amongst funky boutiques, classic global imports shaped my design style; I call it sophisticated-eclectic.
I recently spent ten days in an original owner, mid-century beach cottage in Sea Island, Georgia, where I identified areas of simple improvement that are likely shared with many other rentals. There are great benefits to renting a home including a full kitchen, DIY laundry, multiple bedrooms and shared living spaces as well as a full backyard, privacy and beach access in some cases. However, in order for a rental to stand out, it needs to be able to stand up to a resort or a hotel, especially if it is located within a resort community.
Here are my top considerations to improve your vacation rental guests' experience with small upgrades:
On vacation, your guests may not spend a lot of time in the home, but the time they do will be sleeping... in bed! Upgrading an old mattress doesn't have to be a huge investment, Ikea and Sam's Club have comfortably affordable options. No one should have to bounce around like a bowl of Jell-o on an old spring mattress, upgrade to the Ikea Sultan Flokenes Queen memory foam mattress. Don't forget the mattress foundation and mattress protector as well.
Bed linens are a simple upgrade. They should not pill, and guests should not be able to see the brand name stamped on your mattress through paper thin bed sheets. Threshold Performance sheet set from Target has never failed me; they come in a variety of classic prints and colors including the ever popular, bleachable white. Even better, orders over $50 ship free!
Organic variety also available.
Guest towels do not have to be spa collection Turkish Cotton from Neiman Marcus to spell softness and absorbency; they just need to be fluffy with a fresh, long lasting scent. Purex Complete's new Fabric Softener Crystals have been tested by Good Housekeeping Research Institute, this product will fill out and fluff up fibers for softness while maintaining absorbency even after 10 washings. Purchase this product using Amazon Subscribe & Save, and never have to worry about stocking your laundry room again.
After a wonderful night's sleep, get your morning started right in paradise, it's not so great when your rental's coffee maker dispenses light brown water that only faintly smells like coffee. Offer guests an updated, bold brewing coffee maker. They'll thank you for it. Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker $79.99.
Simple amenities and upgrades will ensure that your guests will return year after year.