So you just purchased your home away from home, whats next? Here is a little step by step on how to get things rocking and rolling. If you need us to help with this process, just let us know!
Step 1- Furnish the property: Get in all the beds, dressers, sofas etc. See our guide below for a complete list of furnishings expected in a typical rental unit.
Step 2- Put in all desired amenities: The little extras can make a big difference in setting your property apart from the competition. See the guide below for details on items guests love.
Step 3- Stock the supplies: Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies and other items are standard in a vacation rental. See the guide below for the details on what is normally stocked.
Essential Supplies to keep in stock.
Floor cleaning solution
All Purpose Cleaner (like 409)
Window cleaning solution (like windex)
Step 4- Setup access control: We normally recommend a keypad be installed on the main door (many can be found online via amazon or other websites). If this is not possible the property should have two lock boxes. One for the guests to use when they check in and the other as a backup in case a guest loses the key or gets locked out.
Step 5- Decorate: Decor is how you add that special touch that makes your property unique. Getting a professional interior decorator or a property staging company can be very helpful when preparing the home for its photoshoot.
Step 6- Schedule services: Setup landscaping, pest control, pool services etc as well as internet and utilities.
Step 7- Have professional photos taken: Contact us to get a professional photo shoot scheduled for the property. This is very important. People don’t book homes, they book pictures of homes. Make your look amazing!
And thats it! You should be ready for your first guest! Below are more details about furnishing your unit.
Furnishing, Amenities and Supply Guide
Bed- (King, Queen or 2 twins)
2 sets of Sheets for each bed
2 comforters for each bed.
2 Bedroom Lamps
2 Night Stands
Shower curtain (and rings to hold it up)
Over-the-door towel hook
Towels (4 per bedroom)
Washcloth (2 per bedroom)
Silverware settings (dinner fork, salad fork, teaspoon, soup spoon, knife) for eight to 12 people.
Silverware organizer (drawer insert)
Everyday dish setting (dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl) for six, or as needed
Bowls, serving platters
Glassware assortment, including 4-, 6-, and 8-ounce glasses, coffee mugs
Trash and recycling cans
Pots and pans
Spatulas, ladles, whisks, etc.
Container for countertop storage of spatulas, ladles, whisks, etc.
Dish drying rack
Measuring cups and spoons
Bottle opener and corkscrew
Plastic containers for food storage (e.g. Tupperware or Gladware)
Rolls of aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, and parchment paper
Kettle or hot pot
Ice cube trays
Good, sharp knives (at least one large chef’s knife and a small paring knife)
Small area rug
Basic Living Room.
Throw pillows for couch/chairs
Furniture- Sectional Sofa
Decor- Area Rug
Furniture- TV Stand/enternatinment center
Furniture- End Tables
TV- 60 in LED
Highly Recommended Amenities
Basic tool set.
First Aid Kit
Pack N Play (aka port-a-crib)
Extra key on the property in case of lost keys (in a lockbox or hidden)
1 extra blanket per bed in the home.
Mop and Pail
2 sets of sheets for each bed
1-2 quilts / blankets for each bed
4 towels per bedroom.
Optional Amenities often loved by guests
Guestbook (home instructions, wifi codes, gate codes, alarm codes, etc)
Gas BBQ Grill.
Snorkels and Fins
Ping Pong Table
Salt & Pepper or Spices (Italian Garlic powder & season salt.)
Deck of Cards