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Essential features your rental property should have

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In one of our previous blog posts, we talked about marketing strategies that can significantly increase your vacation rental’s bookings. Today, we’ll shine the spotlight on the must-have features that make the ultimate guest experience.

  1. 24-hour check-in

    A lot of rental owners cringe at the thought of allowing 24-hour check-in in their rental properties, and we understand why. After all, nothing screams inconvenience as having to man the property to wait for your guests the whole day.

    Fortunately, you don’t have to stay and wait for your guests if you allow 24-hour check-ins on your vacation rental. Invest in an automated check-in system, which is basically a lockbox that lets your guests enter the property in a keyless fashion. It’s convenient for you and travelers, especially those who are coming in early in the morning or late at night.

  2. Guidebooks, maps, and recommendations

    A vacation rental property essential, especially if your rental is located in a renowned tourist destination. Keep a stack of guidebooks, the latest maps, as well as pamphlets and brochures on tourist attractions, best restaurants, and nightlife in the area.

    It would also be extremely helpful to keep a phonebook or at least a list of important local numbers in cases of emergency.

  3. Kitchen amenities and appliance

    Keeping a good supply of kitchen basics for your guests in the property will be welcoming, especially for those who love to cook while traveling. Keep the kitchen stocked with cookware, plates, cutlery, silverware, glasses, and mugs in case they decide to eat in or have food delivered.

    Extras such as basic seasoning, assorted spices, cooking oils, condiments, s well as coffee and tea are also welcome additions.

  4. Toiletries and towels

    When you’re traveling with towels and toiletries constantly in tow, you know your bag will get heavy and bulky. You can eliminate this need in travelers that book your vacation rental by keeping stock of travel-sized toiletries and clean, fluffy towels in the bathrooms. While this is expected of hotels, it’s a nice amenity to vacation rentals and will always be appreciated.

    You don’t need to go all out. When it comes to toiletries, stick with the basics such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and lotion. And don’t forget tissues!

  5. Laundry and cleaning supplies

    Whether your guests are staying for a few days or a month (and even longer), keeping a supply of cleaning supplies in your vacation rental can be helpful and handy. A washer and dryer will also help your guests make sure they have enough clothes to go by throughout their stay in your vacation rental.

    Naturally, you should also provide a washing line or drying rack to get those freshly laundered clothes dry and ready for their next use. Your guests will absolutely appreciate it.

    The best vacation rental amenities don’t always have to be luxurious features. As the landlord/lady, the best thing you can do to make sure your guests enjoy their stay is to make them feel like they’re home away from home.

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