Coming in September to property #1: new A/C (current one is 15 years old and rusting out), new tile in the downstairs, refinish kitchen and bathroom cabinets, put better countertops and backsplashes in kitchen and master bath, probably replace dining room table and chairs. We're booking better than ever, but our 150+ direct competitors have been doing lots of renovations and their pictures look a bit better, so need to keep up with them.
From experience: the best part of the renovations is when the workers finally get out of your home.
Coming in Aug property https://vrbo.com/737717
Partial deck rebuild and add additional deck stairs to the yard
New over the range microwave
Coming Sep property 629999
Main floor bath redo (even though it is only 5 years old)
New floor (heated) - the existing is heated too but some tile cracked.
New shower stall
New Tongue and groove ceiling to remove discolored boards due to prior leak
new shower fixture and vanity faucets.
new glass shower enclosure
Exterior whole cabin stain and chinking touch up
Hopefully paving the walkway
We took our vacation home off the market for a number of years, using it for both personal and business uses. It definitely need a facelift when we decided to re-up our VRBO listing, so remodeling was completed last year.
Loved most of the process (except dealing with a couple of incompetent subs), but my favorite was decorating and fine-tuning the details, such as what gadgets to include in the kitchen, specific guest amenities, etc.
This forum has been a great resource for ideas, so thank you all. Long-time lurker here.
Before & After Photos: Living Room, Master Bedroom & Master Bath (excuse the poor quality of the old ones)
As far as tips, I would recommend making everything as simple as possible. For various devices, I looked for the easiest to use, the most durable and the safest. For example, I bought a hot tub with the simplest operating keypad... and most durable shell. Also consider low maintenance finishes and materials, such as cedar shingles or cement board siding. Bottom line is, you don't want to be constantly repairing and repainting your vacation home.