7 Items That Will Rock Your Vacation Rental Listing

How many AirBnb and VRBO hosts do you think are out there? Last year, that number was over 785,000 individual hosts. Wow. That’s quite the market. We’ve stayed at our fair share of vacation rentals, and we’ve noticed a few things that can help you to rock your listing. Here are seven easy-to-implement items that can improve both your rental listing and your guests’ experience.

1. Memory-Foam Mattresses

Getting a good night’s sleep while on vacation is important. Invest in quality memory-foam mattresses to address a common complaint about uncomfortable beds, so you can get the best reviews possible. While we like a quality Tuft and Needle mattress, it’s not the brand for everyone, so do your research. Read reviews from reputable sources like Tom’s Guide or CNET to make an informed decision.

2. Smart TV / Entertainment System

Vacationers come in all types. But even the most adventurous enjoy coming back to the rental to watch a little relaxing TV. A smart TV, such as a Roku TV, with access to various streaming services is ideal. If your rental is in a remote area where the internet is shoddy, there’s always the DVD route, which can be fun and feel nostalgic.

3. Lots O’ Dishes

Don’t skimp on the plates and glasses. It’s a real pain to get to a rental and have to do dishes after every snack. Why not double up the number of plates and glasses? If your rental can house 6, consider putting in enough dishes to cover 12 folks. 

4. Well-Stocked Kitchen 

This is an easy area to go the extra mile for your guest. Go beyond the basics to make your guests feel at home. In addition to tea and coffee, supply essential items like cutting boards, oven mitts, and food storage containers or Ziploc bags. These small touches can make a big difference in guest satisfaction.

5. Bathroom Amenities

Putting shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers in the showers is a great idea. Q-tips, cotton balls, hand mirror, and a hair dryer are other items you can include. 

6. Cleaning Supplies

Accommodate guests who prefer to maintain cleanliness during their stay. Modest cleaning supplies under the kitchen and bathroom sink make sense for those who want to keep the area clean. Extra trash bags are a good idea, too. We’ve stayed at rentals before that didn’t have extra liners. Not good!

7. Local Menus and Guidebooks

While most guests rely on smartphones for information, offering physical menus from your favorite local restaurants and guidebooks for nearby attractions adds a nice, personal touch.

Bonus Tip: Consider adding a guest book for visitors to share their experiences and recommendations. This creates a sense of community and can provide valuable insights for future guests.

In addition to making a connection with the guests, another key to a successful vacation rental is to think from the guest’s perspective. Anticipate their needs and provide amenities that you would appreciate when staying away from home. If you need professional photography for your vacation rental, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today