Just add water
Water based activities top the list of most vacationers ‘must have’ lists. If you are fortunate enough to be on the water, or near a beach, this may be sufficient to attract visitors to your listing; if not, a swimming pool does the trick. For winter rentals where cold temperatures are in the picture, hot tubs are in high demand.
Having an internet connection ranks highly on vacation rental wish lists and for many families it’s becoming a deal breaker. A good cell signal is no longer sufficient for the tech-tethered family who want to do more than check email and a little light surfing.
The ability to take the dog on vacation is one reason vacation rentals have increased so much in popularity. Accepting pets can create a real advantage in areas where there is a lot of competition.
Playing it Cool
Air conditioning is in high demand and an expectation in many areas. If it’s on your project list, consider moving forward with it sooner rather than later, since it may feature in increasing occupancy in the future.
Attractive patios, decks and balconies set up for al fresco eating appeal to most people heading to warmer places for their vacation and having facilities for the whole family to eat outside is important. This means supplying sufficient outdoor seating and eating space for the whole group.
Improvements in technology have changed the value prospective guests place on a potential rental choice. Flat screen HD TVs with the ability to stream entertainment; iPod docking stations and gaming systems are growing in demand.
Guests want a good night’s sleep and demand quality mattresses and bedding. Queen beds are considered a minimum standard for many guests new to renting with the requirement for king-size growing.
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thanks for your comments, but I offerd all of the above and did not rent through your websit. You might let people know that the area where the rental is has a lot to do with the mixture
What about the Views...... We are in North Idaho with 99 % of what you say is popular and we have million dollar view of lake and surrounding mountains. Many times we sit on spacious deck and say this is better than many places we have traveled to around the world to get such a "wow" view that gives quiet peaceful setting to one's frame of mind.
I think some people from colder climes underestimate the appeal of alfresco dining in warmer regions. For example, here in temperate New South Wales, Australia, and by the coast, the mosquitos are prolific. The flies are also prolific. Not to mention a host of other less offensive insects such as cockroaches, beetles etc. So although the photos of eating outdoors can look idyllic, the reality is how does the owner manage the insects? Are there mosquito coils/insect zappers about? Should you be wearing insect repellant? Are fly screens fitted on all windows and doors? Air conditioning is all very well and good but it does not work outdoors. A sea breeze may be all that is required.
All of these suggestions are helpful. Some we already have/do. Others we have no interest in providing-such as iPod docking stations and gaming systems. But, we attract people who are outdoorsy, who like to hike, bike, sail, kayak, explore. I think a spotless cottage with extra comfortable beds, nice linens, fluffy towels, well applianced kitchen, airy space, and deck, porch or patio, are quite appealing.
When accepting pets what is the procedure? Do you ask for a deposit? How much? Hotels require and extra $20.00/night. Do you ask for a security deposit for pet damage. We have seen pets demolish an expensive sofa or table leg from puppies chewing on them.
Queen beds do NOT exist in IVE and SUFFICIENT for most guests! Please STOP premoting them!! PS same goes for ZIP CODES where MOST web' "MASTERS" are oblivious to the fact that we DO NOT HAVE THEM to acess MANY DDUMB sites
Maggie @ the Decks House, Charleston. SC
Thank you for the tips. Especially the king-size bed. I was actually thinking of moving down to Qween to make the walking space in rooms larger. We do have 2 king size beds here at the Decks House, Charleston, SC.