In a market that can at times seem flooded with vacation rentals, make the most of your vacation rental by making sure it stands out from the crowd. While size and location are important factors that cannot be changed, at many times simple updates to a property can make a big difference in driving interest. Increase travelers’ interest, satisfaction, and booking frequency by making some of these changes to your Kona vacation rental property and make it stand out from the competition!
Keep the Décor Neutral & Minimal
Neutral colored walls and flooring are the way to go when it comes to setting the stage in a vacation rental. And while it may cater to some travelers to have a strong theme in the décor, keeping things neutral and minimal will consistently appeal to a wider audience. When it comes to selecting furnishings for your vacation rental, choose materials that will clean easily and withstand a high amount of traffic. Even if you are not personally a minimalist, creating uncluttered living areas goes a long way in enlarging the space and setting a restful tone. With clean lines, comfortable furnishings, and an uncluttered space, your guests will feel at ease to make themselves at home.
Update the Kitchen & Bathrooms
Even if guests do not plan on spending a lot of time in the kitchen during their stay, having an updated kitchen and bathroom goes a long way in making the entire vacation rental look fresh and up to date. While entire kitchen and bathroom overhauls can be costly, making at least a few key updates will pay off in the long run. Existing hardwood cabinets can be painted or re-stained to lighten the room, and new appliances will quickly create a space that looks sleek. Making sure the kitchen is fully stocked with all the cookware and dinnerware guests will need during their stay also keeps satisfaction high once they have arrived. In the bathrooms, be sure to include high-quality soaps and nice towels for an elevated feel.
Offer Enjoyable Amenities
More than simply creating a space in which to spend time at the end of the day, a vacation rental owner has the chance to offer a complete lifestyle to guests. While it is certainly a strong selling point to have onsite amenities such as a swimming pool or hot tub, there are some less expensive ways you can add value to your rental with the right amenities. Most Hawaii vacationers are sure to spend plenty of time at the beach, so be sure to provide gear that will make their beach days more easily accessible. Beach chairs, an umbrella, cooler, and sand toys make it easy for families to enjoy their day at the beach without having to buy or rent items. Cater to an active outdoor lifestyle by also including gear such as boogie boards, stand up paddle boards, and soft top surf boards for your guest to enjoy. If your rental is located in a bike-friendly area, guests will be able to envision themselves cruising to the nearby beaches and restaurants on the provided beach cruisers. With the amenities you offer, paint the picture of a fabulous vacation experience!
Keep Your Kona Property Clean & Well-Maintained
There is nothing that puts a damper on a vacation more than guests arriving to a vacation rental that is below standard when it comes to cleanliness. Be sure to stay on top of regular cleanings of your Kona vacation rental, following all of the latest guidelines when it comes to best practices. In addition to regular thorough cleanings between bookings, scheduling deep cleans at regular intervals also keeps the property in tip-top shape. Be proactive when it comes to home maintenance, responding promptly to minor repairs and providing regular maintenance checks. A clean, well-maintained vacation rental will keep guest satisfaction and reviews high.
Provide Visitors with Helpful Instructions
Clear, detailed, and accurate instructions both before and after guests arrive will ensure their stay goes smoothly. In addition to needed information such as how to check in and who to contact if issues arise, providing other helpful instructions can help guests have a more enjoyable stay. A personalized area guide that gives tips on activities such as which nearby beaches are the best for swimming, where to go to catch the best waves, and which restaurants are your favorite can help guests have an authentic vacation experience.
Taking some of these steps will help your vacation rental stand out from the crowd. After all of your hard work, be sure the photos of your property reflect its best features!