The Must-Haves For Every Vacation & Short Term Rental Home... This article is intended to help you determine what you need to get your home prepared for vacation & short-term rental guests.
THE BASICS / MUST HAVES:BATHROOM
1. Liners in trash cans
Having trash bags in all of the garbage cans throughout the vacation home adds to the aura of cleanliness. Ensure that you do the same with bathroom trash cans, also.
2. Laundry supplies (detergent, fabric sheets)
You can use smaller amounts or just leave a full size container that gets used over time.
3. Starter pack of coffee, creamer and sugar
These household items are ideal if you receive an abundance of guests during the night time. Everybody enjoys a cup of Joe in the morning and your nighttime guests are no exception.
4. Salt And Pepper
Chances are that when your guest arrives, they may intend to cook frequently, but they more than likely aren't going to pack spices within their suitcase. Providing some spices or salt and pepper at the minimum can be helpful and demonstrate a level of consideration on your part in the guests eyes.
5. Emergency Supplies
You should always expect the best, but prepare for the worst, especially if you reside within an area that is prone to being affected by natural disasters. But by keeping a first aid kit, flashlights, battery-powered radio you can do just that. You could also have an emergency kit on hand with things like bandaids, ointments, bug repellent, etc.
6. Cleaning supplies
Stock the rental home with mops, brooms or cleaning supplies that the guests can utilize.
7. Hair Dryer
Most guests won't pack a hair dryer within their suitcases. They may expect this to be in a vacation home due to the fact that a large majority of hotels provide hairdryers. When it comes to household conveniences, for a small investment of $10 you can provide yet another convenience to your guest.
8. Iron & Ironing Board
No one likes sitting on the floor to iron clothes on a small dorm sized ironing board. Consider purchasing a full sized ironing board to add to your list of household conveniences that will be observed by your guests.
9. A Deck Of Cards/Grames
A deck of cards can provide an endless source of entertainment to keep your guests preoccupied during the rainy days. While you can provide a variety of games such as chess, checkers and bingo. At the minimum, a deck of cards will suffice.
10. Facial Tissues
Another set of essential household items are facial tissues. Some guests may have an allergy related conditions and as such, may feel repulsed at the fact that they have to resort into using toilet paper to blow their noses.
A guestbook can provide valuable feedback about your guests' stay, that you can use to improve the experience that future guests will receive as a whole. The guest themselves may be delighted at the reviews that others gave before them and might find some tips about activities within the area that seem interesting and thus encourage a revisit in order for them to participate in said activity.
Even though most can be watched through a TV, a nice touch for a cabinet.
13. Little Touches
There are some things that you can consider offering that are truly above and beyond but that make your property stand out amongst the competition and get remembered. bottle of wine or 6 pack of beer in the fridge, some popular magazines left out, bathroom essentials (Tylenol, Aspirin, mouthwash, toothbrushes), fresh flowers, Britta/filtered water pitcher in fridge with freezer full of Ice cubes and a cloth ice pack for an a sprained injury or bee sting, bookshelves stocked with accent pieces and bestsellers, outdoor games (bocce ball, dartboard, Frisbee) and all kinds of board games, desktop PC or at least a printer, electronic candles and light bulbs (storage), flashlights and batteries, assorted toys and puzzles, beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, welcome basket with snacks, coffee, or other goodies, brochures for local things to do (or you can have a binder with this information).
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