For those fortunate enough to own a second home, letting it out as a holiday rental is a great way to help with the finances or to pay off the mortgage. Once all safety checks have been carried out on the property the fun begins with furnishing the holiday home to suit paying guests.
People who choose to stay in a holiday let as opposed to a hotel are looking for a home from home, so it is up to the owners to add personal touches, style and comfort.
Here are some helpful tips to making sure guests return time and time again.
Make sure the kitchen is well stocked with utensils, crockery pots and pans. Guests will want to cook and may even have visitors, so make sure there is plenty to go round with spares.
Washing machines are not a necessity like a kettle is but it is a great addition and will be very much appreciated. It will also make light work of cleaning bed linen when guests leave.
In the living room there needs to be enough seating for the amount of people the holiday home sleeps. Think comfort and ideally choose a sofa with removable washable covers as accidents can and will happen.
A dining table and chairs will help stop spillages on carpets and furniture, don’t forget to provide a tablecloth to preserve the tabletop.
A decent sized television and a DVD player is essential for rainy days. Charity shops and car boot sales are great places to pick up a selection of cheap DVD’s. Classic board games such as Scrabble and Monopoly will all be well used.
The bedrooms are high on the list of priorities when deciding where to spend money. People are on holiday to relax and recuperate, so having comfortable, quality beds is a must. Take a look at the Star collection of high quality beds for inspiring designs at affordable prices.
Unlike most homes, a holiday home will not need a huge amount of storage space. A wardrobe with hangers and a set of drawers in each room should be more than enough room for holiday clothes and spare linen.
Finally, a non-slip mat in the shower and a bath mat for the bathroom floor should prevent guests using towels to stand on.
Owning a holiday let needn’t be a headache. Once the property has been furnished the owners could pack a suitcase and spend a weekend there, this way, anything that has been overlooked will become apparent and can be added to the house before the first guests arrive for a wonderful holiday!