Vacation Rental Management: Outdoor Spaces That Your Guests Will Love
According to a survey conducted by Airbnb, searches for rentals with outdoor spaces have increased over the years. No matter where your property is, guests are obsessed with patios, porches, decks, and grilling areas. Check out these simple tips to create your guests' ultimate outdoor entertainment space.
1. Remember Safety
While the outdoor spaces are meant for fun, safety should be a top priority. Nobody would want to have an accident while on vacation, and no owner would want an accident for their guests. Including safety guides and instructions for grills, fire pits, hot tubs, and other gear is a great start.
2. Have a Maintenance Plan
Maintenance and repairs are inevitable when you have grills, hot tubs, pools, decks, and other amenities that stay outside. Scheduling routine maintenance will help your property remain in excellent shape throughout the seasons. Also, having a maintenance team on call should something happen while a guest stays in your rental is a great idea. Many property management companies have maintenance teams on staff and vendors on call to make the process easier for owners.
3. Consider Popular Amenities
Of course, your outdoor spaces will depend on your climate and location, but no matter what, there are a few amenities that always attract guests. If you're near the water, kayaks, beach toys, and gear are a hit. Fire pits, hot tubs, pools, and simple patio furniture are great ideas for your space. Of course, amenities vary based on the property or climate, but you can look at our amenities checklist for vacation rentals to help you choose.
4. Keep the Space Clean
All homeowners know the importance of keeping their indoor spaces clean, but cleanliness is also crucial for outdoor spaces. Letting toys, garden tools, or trash pile up on patios or other entertainment spaces is easy when you have several guests in and out of your rental. These items can significantly reduce the space's attractiveness, so keep it clutter-free. Thanks to mother nature, it's also essential to have a cleaning plan for potential animal or weather incidents.
5. Go For Comfort
Comfortable spaces never go unnoticed. When investing in furniture to keep outside, it's tempting to settle on a cheaper option. Although more inexpensive furniture sounds suitable outdoors, remember to keep guest satisfaction in mind. Comfortable chairs, porch swings, or couches with cushions will entice visitors to spend more time in your space. Believe us, these items are mentioned in reviews!
6. Consider Your Climate
When designing your outdoor space, keeping your climate in mind is the most important step. Add heaters or outdoor blankets to your decks and patios if your rental is in an area that cools off at night. Pools may be unnecessary in climates where it rarely gets warm enough to swim, but believe it or not, pools are even a smashing hit at some of our Gulf-front properties! Conduct research on the area where your rental is to determine which types of outdoor spaces are the most popular.
7. Make it Feel Like Home
A major goal of vacation rentals is for the space to feel like home for the guests. While your rental may be a little more luxurious than their home, you want your guests to feel relaxed and comfortable. Keeping comfort, cleanliness, and popular amenities in mind, you can add small touches of decor or personalization to make the space feel homier.
A great outdoor space is an excellent way to improve bookings, guest satisfaction, and review scores. Keeping your guests' relaxation at the top of mind will make your rental a must-book. Be sure to check out our other guides for vacation rental owners and learn how to improve the overall guest experience in your rental.
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Published by Emily Seay
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
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