6 Jul 2021
An amenity is a feature that helps provide comfort, convenience and enjoyment. Certain amenities offer value to the vacation and when guests are searching for a home, they can really set apart your rental from the rest and can make all the difference in getting repeat renters. One thing to remember is what a guest wants and what they need is often hard to differentiate. With that in mind, we have compiled the top sought-after amenities to help our home owners maximize the return of their rental home.
Efficient WiFi is one of the biggest necessities in any vacation rental. You may think that guests are going on vacation to escape it all and getaway, however they still crave connectivity. In fact, not having fast internet connection could result in a bad review, which could deter guests from booking your home. Internet speed of at least 1,000 Mbps or greater is recommended. Mesh WiFi is also a great option expanding your coverage in the home to those dead areas.
TVs: Smart or Not?
Cable has become a thing of the past. . . streaming devices and smart tv’s are in! Consider upgrading those box sets to a smart tv that has built in streaming capabilities. This will allow guests to log into their personal accounts for Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, etc. and have a more personalized experience, because who wants to watch cable reruns on vacation? If Smart TV’s are not an option, streaming devices, such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV are great ways to upgrade your current set with the same capabilities.
Family Friendly Games
For those rainy days, providing options for indoor entertainment is a great touch. From classic board games, like candy land and monopoly and puzzles to gaming systems, your guests will appreciate the thought. Families with kids will be especially excited about being able to play with a Nintendo Switch, Wii or PlayStation. An arcade gaming system is another great option.
Local Maps, Guide Books and Recommendations
Be sure to leave a good selection of local information for your guests to peruse. Although you may not be present, think of yourself as a tour guide. Provide a list of your favorite restaurants, activities and local attractions. A guestbook is a great opportunity for your guests to communicate with not only you, but future guests as well. For extra flair, offer a welcome basket with a collection of local goodies. It’s a great way to welcome your guests to the area and leave a lasting first impression.
Kid Friendly Equipment
Parents traveling with babies or small children will be very grateful if they don’t have to pack every single piece of baby equipment to go on vacation. Provide the essentials, baby gate, high chair and crib or pack-n-play. Your guests will appreciate this touch.
Pet Friendly Equipment
If your home is pet friendly, you can accommodate your guests by providing them with the necessities for their pet. Their owners will definitely appreciate and remember such an attentive gesture. Perhaps a set of pet bowls for food and water in your kitchen and a dog crate. Additionally, you could keep a few treats in the home as an extra special welcome for your four-legged guests. Remember, they are part of the family too!
Beach supplies are critical! Guest reviews always highlight the convenience and appreciation that these items are provided and they don't have to pack them.
Another great amenity to have on hand is a couple of bicycles for your guests to enjoy the area!
Nothing can top a pleasant summer evening like barbecuing! Ditch the charcoal and spring for the gas. This amenity is important to guests and will make your home stand out to travelers. In addition to the grill, be sure to supply the necessary tools, grill brush, spatula, etc.
If your home has a pool, think about games that families will enjoy. Maybe a floating volleyball net or pool floats. Again, this is the kind of attentiveness that guests remember and keep them coming back.
Vacation is about spending time with the family. How better to do so than a nice friendly game of . . . cornhole, volleyball, basketball or horseshoes.
You can’t beat the views of the beautiful Outer Banks. Give your guests the ability to enjoy their morning coffee on the porch or an evening cocktail under the stars. Provide comfortable seating for enough people in the home and the positive reviews will flow.