Owners sometime ask us what the can do to give their holiday property the edge and make it really stand out. Contrary to what you may expect, the best performing holiday properties are not the ones that have had thousands spent on interior design, it’s simply a matter of putting yourself in your visitors’ shoes and giving them more than they expect. You can start by following these 10 simple rules:
1) Keep things simple – go for subtle, neutral and clean looking colour schemes, avoiding loud patterns and bright colours that might not be to everyone’s taste
2) Make sure you’ve got enough dining and lounge seating, cutlery & crockery for the maximum number of occupants that will stay at your property – if you’ve room have extras so that visitors don’t have to wash up after every meal.
3) Think about the things people are going to need as soon as they arrive – it’s always nice to leave a small bottle of milk, tea and coffee so that your visitors can make themselves a cuppa after what might have been a long journey, and a starter supply of toilet paper is an absolute must!
4) Get rid of the tat – It’s good to have a few pictures around the place, but please dispense with any fussy ornaments that just collect dust and may make things look cluttered.
5) Go for uniformity. Try to have matching crockery and plates – white is always a good idea and you can pick up reasonably priced porcelain dinner sets from most good supermarkets – better still you can often buy individual pieces here too, so that you have spares to replace the inevitable breakages that will occur.
6) Don’t have anything that can’t be easily replaced – try to avoid having anything of high value in your property. People away from home in unfamiliar surroundings do sometimes have the odd accident, so put away the cut glass champagne flutes and opt for something equally elegant but a whole lot cheaper!
7) Think comfort – guests will leave you a better review if they feel they have been pampered. Make beds look inviting with good quality duvets and crisp white linen and don’t forget that mattresses are VERY important. Opt for fluffy white towels to give your property that ‘hotel’ feel – Pick up stylish and affordable linen bargains at Dunelm, TK Maxx
8) Provide local information. Guests are unlikely to be familiar with the local area so make things easier for them by providing a file of local attractions, and info on nearest pubs, shops, supermarkets, taxis, doctors, dentists etc. – think of everything they might need to know if they’re away from familiar surroundings.
9) Give visitors more than they’re expecting. A welcome note, bottle of wine or local produce are always a good way to get their visit off to a flying start and let them know you appreciate their custom.
10) Enlist the help of local experts – Exclusively Warwickshire can offer advice on everything from choosing and furnishing the right holiday property to handling its day to day running; including maintenance, bookings, cleaning and changeovers. Flexibility is our middle name, so why not get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (01564) 898300?