Being a hands-on vacation rental owner and manager comes with numerous benefits. It’s enough to dedicate just a small portion of your time to improving your rental property to see a growth in profits. Not to mention the fact that if the apartment or home looks good, you won’t have any problems finding guests.
Unfortunately, most property owners often don’t have the time and financial resources to spend on improvements. But, here’s the thing: even the smallest changes can have a dramatic impact on the aesthetics and vibe of your rental. The good news is that there are some great solutions that you can implement starting today. And, they won’t cost a leg and an arm.
We’re talking about DIY. Are you not convinced yet? Here are some great examples that will help you get your vacation rental decoration to the next level.
1. Clean, Clean, Clean
Giving your property a nice, thorough scrub can make it feel like a complete makeover. Don’t stop at just vacuuming or dusting; you must think beyond that.
Clean everything in your property, from washing the drapes to cleaning carpets, waxing floors, and making any glass or mirror surface sparkle like it’s brand new. Take some before and after shots to really tell the difference. All you’ll need is some good cleaning supplies you can pick up at almost every store, and a free weekend.
2. Fix the Flooring
Does your property have an ugly tile-floor or some other type of flooring that looks like it’s seen better days? Replacing it altogether can be very expensive, so if you don’t have that in your budget right now, there is an easy fix.
And it comes in the form of stickers. You can purchase professional floor stickers and add them to your property to completely change its look. You’ll need a few packs, depending on the area you want to change, and about an afternoon for lining them up over the floor. It’s a bit meticulous, but the end effect really pays off. Oh, and you can find loads of different designs, too.
3. New Hardware (Fixtures & Cabinets)
Let’s say that you polished the furniture, but it still looks old or damaged. What can you do?
That’s easy! Replacing the knobs on different cabinets or cupboards can completely change the way your furniture looks. All you need is some new knobs (which you can purchase online if you don’t have time to go shopping), and a screwdriver. Then, your DIY project can be completed in just a couple of hours.
4. Replace Switch Plates
Your property probably has regular white switch plates, right? Well, if you want to add an extra layer of style to the rooms, you can buy some new plates and change them. You can buy some charming ones that match the colors of your furniture, or wood-like plates for a more rustic look.
Or, you can paint the ones you already have. If they’re relatively new, they might not be so damaged, so you can just spruce them up with some fresh paint.
5. Get Rid of Boring Drapes
Have fun with the choice in drapes. They’re an excellent solution if you want to add something more fun in the room. And, if you want to save a few bucks, then you can even buy fabric in bulk and then just cut it yourself in the sizes you want. With some material, you don’t even have to worry about adding any seams, as it won’t fall apart when you cut it.
Go for fabric with a simple design, like stripes, or even some embroidery. It can add a youthful feel to your rental, and it’s a DIY project that will only keep you busy for a few hours.
As you can see, it doesn’t actually take a village to improve the visuals of your rental property. All you need is some extra time, and a few dollars to invest in it. And, if you’re struggling with creativity, look for some additional inspiration online. There are hundreds of ways you can take your vacation rental’s visuals to the next level.
You don’t have to spend a lot to improve your property and get a return on your investments. It’s a vacation rental management tip you should learn early on. So, take a few days off and start increasing your property value with these DIY solutions. And, who knows, you may even find yourself a new hobby.