The word is out about the many benefits of vacation rentals — saving money, extra space and awesome amenities. Renters won’t settle for just any old vacation rental, however, and are willing to pay extra for the right features. Vacation rentals need to offer upgrades and conveniences that make a guest’s stay stress free and memorable. The right vacation rental upgrades add a little extra something to your property and add more money to your pocket.
Casiola has an experienced design team that can help each owner raise the bar and take their vacation rental to the next level. Our revenue managers work hand-in-hand with owners too, helping them bring in extra income with each stay.
Here are some suggestions for upgrades and features that guests want most. Our expert team can assist you with adding these to your rental.
Outstanding outside spaces
Florida is known for amazing year-round weather. Let your guests take advantage of the warm temps and sunshine with useable outdoor spaces. Covered patios with outdoor seating allow them to dine al fresco. Outdoor lounge areas give them additional seating and gathering space for all their guests. And, guests of all ages love having a pool and/or hot tub they can use anytime. Even just having a green yard with nice landscaping increases the outdoor appeal. Be sure to take care of basic outdoor maintenance like keeping the grass mowed, flower beds weeded and outside of the home painted. Your property’s curb appeal will be your guest’s first impression of your home — make it a good one!
Relaxing bedroom and bathroom retreats
When a guest is on vacation, they want to unplug and relax. Give them relaxing and stress-free spaces where they can rejuvenate and refresh. In the bedroom, outfit the bed with calming neutral bedding and high thread count sheets. Invest in a memory foam mattress and be sure to have plenty of extra pillows and blankets on hand. Make sure the bedroom has plenty of storage space for your guest’s belongings and luggage. Extras like blackout shades on the windows and nightstands for storage add to the bedroom’s appeal. The bathroom space should be clean with ample storage for guests. Add a little luxury to the bathroom with upgrades like rain shower heads, fully-tiled showers and baths and glass shower doors.
One big reason guests choose a vacation rental over a hotel is for the kitchen space. Guests love the ability to make their own meals to save some money in their dining budget. At the very least, your kitchen should be well-equipped with all the basics — stove, refrigerator, microwave. Your guests will appreciate extras like a wine fridge, toaster oven, toaster and blender. Help guests get a good start on their day with a coffee maker or Keurig — all Casiola properties now offer Starbucks coffee complimentary to guests. Upgrade the space and give it a gourmet feel with fine finishes like stainless steel, granite countertops and modern cabinets. Even adding little finishes like a tile backsplash, pendant lighting or nice knobs can make a big difference.
Superb smart-home features
We live in a technology-driven world and guests want cool features even on vacation. Adding a security system or video doorbell like Ring gives your guests extra peace of mind during their stay. Other smart-home upgrades that make a big impression are Nest thermostats and solar-powered outdoor lighting. Guests will appreciate other touches like a Google Home, Amazon Echo or iPad. Put a docking station in the kitchen, living room or master bedroom so guests can keep their electronics charged and organized. If nothing else, be sure you offer your guests free WiFi. Not everyone wants to completely unplug when they’re away.
It’s also important to pay attention to guest’s reviews and feedback: It doesn’t matter what upgrades you do if you ignore glaring issues in your property. At Casiola, we gather feedback from guests and pass that along to the owners. This feedback is critical for continuously improving your property and giving guests what they want most. Guest feedback can help you decide what upgrades your audience wants most.