After staying in so many different vacation rentals for our seminar travels, the Owner Community 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.
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.
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.
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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