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Amenities Checklist for Vacation Rentals

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Created on: Aug 27, 2009 11:02 AM by community-editor - Last Modified:  Feb 26, 2014 2:50 PM by community-editor
vacation rental living room amenitiesOne of the questions that we get asked over and over: What amenities should I offer guests to get them to rent my property? The answer may depend on your region and your property, but there are certain amenities that are must-haves for pretty much all vacation rentals. To make your property stand out against the competition, consider adding a few above-and-beyond extras as well.

 

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Living  Area

Must-Haves

 

  • Comfortable seating for at least the number of people you sleep
  • A TV large enough for guests to watch  from across the room (27” or larger)
  • Basic cable
  • Reading  lamps
  • A DVD player, or at the very least a VCR (If you only  provide a VCR, it's probably a good idea to also have a stock  of videos, since they may no longer be readily available at the local video store.)

 

Extras

 

  • A  big-screen HDTV - Can be a deal-maker for sports fans
  • A DVD  library with flicks for the kids
  • Satellite, premium cable or movie  channels
  • Recliner or comfortable reading chair and ottoman
  • A  fireplace (If your home doesn't have a fireplace built-in, consider  adding a freestanding electric fireplace.)
  • A stereo with a  CD player or an iPod docking station
  • A CD library
  • Game systems like Xbox, PlayStation or Wii with games.

 

Kitchen/Dining  Room

 

Must-Haves

 

  • Microwave
  • Teapot
  • Coffee pot with filters and a  starter pack of coffee, creamer, and sugar
  • Basic  pantry items like sugar, salt and pepper
  • Cleaning  supplies, including liquid hand soap, dishwashing liquid, carpet  cleaner, all-purpose cleaners, bleach/disinfectant
  • Adequate  cooking gear
  • Enough plates, glasses, and flatware for double the  number of people that you sleep - who wants to be constantly  doing the dishes while on vacation?
  • A dining room table that will  seat the number that you sleep
  • A fold-up table and chairs readily  available for the kids, if you sleep large numbers

 

Extras

 

  • A deluxe coffee pot with grinder or espresso machine
  • Granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Specialty  gadgets like a juicer, waffle maker, soft-serve ice cream maker or  margarita machine
  • Other small appliances like a mixer, slow  cooker, or griddle
  • Fresh fruit, pastries or a bottle of wine or  champagne

 

Bedrooms

Must-Haves

 

  • At least a queen-sized bed  in the master bedroom
  • Two sets of high-quality sheets for each bed
  • Pillows with pillow protectors.
  • Extra blankets
  • Mattress pads
  • Full-length mirror
  • Alarm clock
  • Reading lamp on a bedside  table in each bedroom

 

Extras

 

  • King-sized  beds
  • High-quality or Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Down  comforters
  • Feather pillows
  • Television

 

Bathrooms

Must-Haves

 

  • Two quality bath towels per guest
  • Two hand towels per guest
  • Four washcloths per  guest
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand soap
  • At least one roll of toilet paper
  • Tissues

 

 

Extras
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash and lotions
  • Unique shower/showerheads
  • Jacuzzi/whirlpool tub in the master bathroom
  • Steam shower or sauna
  • Bathrobes
  • Towel warmer

 

Balcony/Backyard 


Must-Haves

 

  • Outdoor seating
  • Lighting
  • Ash trays (even if your home is  non-smoking)

 

 

Extras
  • An area for lounging and dining
  • Barbeque  grill
  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool (heated is a bonus)
  • Outdoor fireplace or  chiminea
  • Children's play area
  • Basketball hoop, volleyball  net, croquet set or horse shoes

 

Other Amenities

Must-Haves

 

  • Vacuum
  • High-speed Internet  (This used to be an extra, but now  it's a dealbreaker for many travelers.)
  • Iron and full-size ironing  board
  • Landline telephone, even if you only keep it in case of  emergencies
  • Local phonebook
  • A first aid kit
  • Liners in  trash cans

 

Extras

 

  • Washer and dryer.
  • Air conditioning - If you own in a location where air conditioning is  not a standard home feature, providing A/C could be a draw for  those who are used to having it.
  • Baby gear like a portable crib and a high chair
  • Game  room with a pool table, foosball table, ping pong table and/or  dartboard
  • Exercise equipment like a stationary bike or treadmill
  • Office equipment like a computer, fax machine and printer
  • Free  long-distance phone service
  • Ice chest/cooler
  • Sports  equipment like tennis rackets, footballs, or golf clubs
  • Region-specific gear like beach towels, a ski locker, canoes, kayaks, or  bikes


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