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13 Essentials That Every Vacation Rental Should Have

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Created on: Dec 1, 2010 2:28 PM by community-editor - Last Modified:  Feb 21, 2011 3:11 PM by community-editor

After staying in so many different vacation rentals for our seminar  travels, the Owner iron small.jpgCommunity team noticed that there were some household  conveniences that weren't always available. We decided to put together a  list of items that we (and likely, many of your guests) consider to be  necessities.


If you don't already have these items stocked at your vacation home, be  sure to pick them up today or ask your housekeeper for help.



1. A hair dryer

Many guests don't feel like stuffing  a hair dryer in their suitcase. Plus, since many hotels provide hair  dryers, they might expect it of vacation homes too. You can easily buy  one for the master bathroom for as little as $10.



2. Ironing board

You might already  have an iron, but we don't recommend the mini dorm-sized ironing  boards. After everything gets wrinkled in their suitcases, your guests  will probably appreciate not having to sit on the floor to iron.



3. Starter pack of coffee, creamer and sugar

This is especially helpful if you live in a market where many of your  guests arrive at night. You don't have to provide coffee for their  entire stay, but it helps to keep them less grumpy on the first morning.


4. Potholders

Your guests probably don't  want to fold up one of their souvenir T-shirts just to pick up the  teapot. Keep potholders near the oven or cooking gear.



5. Salt and pepper

Providing an array of spices is  helpful for the renters who plan to do some serious cooking, but at the  very least, be sure to leave some salt and pepper in the cupboard.



6. Pillow protectors and mattress pads

These items  will help your pillows and mattresses last longer and will add to the  appearance of cleanliness at your home. And in some markets, it might  even be required by your local regulations and ordinances.



7. Liners in trash cans

Keeping trash bags in all  of your garbage cans just appears cleaner. Don't forget the small  bathroom trash cans, too.


8. Fans

If you don't have air  conditioning or ceiling fans, it's easy to place a couple of tabletop  fans in the closet so your guests can stay cool and comfortable.



9. Tissues

In the event of an allergy attack, don't  make your guests use toilet paper every time they need to blow their  noses.



10. A full-length mirror

Forcing your renters to  stand on a chair to see their outfits in the medicine cabinet mirror is  neither convenient nor safe. A simple full-length mirror is inexpensive  and can be hung on the back of the bedroom doors.


11. A deck of cards

Keep your guests entertained during the  evenings and rainy days. A variety of games is optimal, but you can't go  wrong with a simple deck of cards.



12. A guestbook

Not only will a guestbook encourage your renters to leave a review, but they might enjoy reading  reviews of past guests. Plus, those reviews might include tips for area  activities or restaurants that your guests will certainly appreciate.


13. Emergency supplies

You should  always be prepared for the worst with a battery-powered radio,  flashlights and a first-aid kit, especially if you're located in an area  prone to hurricanes or other natural disasters.


Unless you actually stay in your vacation home periodically, you may  not realize these things are even missing. It may not be a dealbreaker  for future bookings, but it's best to make your guests' stay as  convenient as possible.


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