In a world full of choices it’s the little things that make a difference. This is especially true in the competitive vacation rental industry, where small details can turn a inquiry into a booking and a “meh” review into a glowing review. This is especially obvious in guest feedback, where comments like “the pillows were so soft” can really make your listing stand out from the rest.
Here are 5 small things you can do in your vacation rental that can give your bookings a BIG boost.
1. Provide Beach/Pool Towels
If you live in an area with an ocean, lake, or any type of swimming nearby, providing beach towels is an extra that guests always appreciate, especially since packing bulky towels on a trip can be a pain.
2. Spice it Up
Any extras that you can provide in your kitchen is always a plus. A spice rack with a few commonly used spices can go a long way toward making guests feel at home, especially if they plan on doing a lot of cooking during their stay.
3. Provide Quality White Bedding/Soft Pillows
This fairly inexpensive investment can really pay off. There’s nothing like providing your guests with a great night’s rest to garner good reviews. After all, think about how much you enjoy soft, quality bedding when you stay in a hotel or vacation rental. Just like in the hotel industry, clean, comfortable white bedding has become the standard.
4. Focus on Entertainment
Providing books, movies, board games, and video games is a great way to make your property stand out. It’s also an effective way to advertise to guests who are staying with kids or family groups. Making memories playing Jenga around the dining table can create a positive guest experience and lead to seriously great reviews.
5. Leave a Gift
We talk about welcome baskets quite a bit on this blog, but when it comes to the little things, a gift can hit the ball out of the park. Guests always appreciate the thoughtful gesture and the reviews often reflect it. Click here for simple welcome gift ideas.