Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — A fall spruce up of your vacation rentals not only provides cosmetic and functional improvements, it will help you maintain and may increase how much can be charged for rent, according to Rick Haggart, President of Perfect Places, a leading vacation rental website.
A recent survey by Perfect Places revealed that property managers are spreading their fix-up efforts throughout the whole property, though 45% of the Property Managers said that work done to maintain bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms actually returns the highest dividends. Kitchens were second in importance at 27%. A property maintained at the highest levels can command increased rent up to 20%, according to survey results.
"Focused attention on details will help you stay competitive in your market," Haggart said. "Even on vacation, people spend a lot of time in bedrooms and living rooms, so keeping those areas looking great and in good working order will enhance the overall guest experience tremendously. Without a doubt, the most attractive, best maintained properties are the ones to get booked more often, and at a price the owner is happy with."
Nearly all of the survey respondents said they perform maintenance on an as-needed basis throughout the year. The fall season is slow for virtually the entire travel industry, and is typically a good time for property owners and managers to make improvements. Perfect Places has created a free Top 10 Vacation Rental Maintenance Tips Guide to provide vacation rental owners and managers ideas on how to easily improve their properties.
Among the 10 tips are ideas for de-cluttering, attention to detail on cleanliness, key areas of a vacation rental where owners and managers should focus their efforts, tips for maintaining the exterior of a property and more. There are specific ideas for maintenance, as well as guidelines property owners and managers can use to decide which maintenance tasks to perform.
If major renovations are required, Haggart recommends applying the same criteria used for the maximizing the return on the sale of a home. "Focus on improvements to the kitchen and bath areas first," Haggart said. "Attractive siding or paint always gives a property curb appeal, as does new landscaping. If your carpet is dingy and too dirty to be cleaned, then by all means replace it."
Haggart said the increase in the number of vacation rentals has made renting more competitive. "Most property managers understand that people want top of the line accommodations, no matter what they're spending. Managers who keep their property in tip-top shape will see a return on their investment."
About Perfect Places: Perfect Places offers over 60,000 vacation rental properties in more than 80 countries. Perfect Places operates a portfolio of vacation rental websites including PerfectPlaces.com, forGetaway.com, LakeRentals.com, CoastRentals.com, MountainSkiRentals.com and RentJillsHouse.com, Since 1996, Perfect Places has been a leading source for travelers looking for vacation rentals. Travelers can search for short-term rentals at Perfect Places websites for free. They'll find a wide assortment to choose from, including homes, condos, villas, cabins, cottages and more.