- In addition to reviews of your property, many guests select their accommodations based upon the quality of the amenities advertised in the listing. You know, some of the allure of staying with a host is the excitement of experiencing more of the local flavor. If you're hosting guests in a spare bedroom or you're living next door to the accommodation, you have the opportunity to differentiate your rental with some personal touches like home cooked meals. That's assuming you're considered a great cook. While location has a lot to do with a traveler's decision to book, here's some ideas for amenities that will catalyze bookings, and that will delight guests during their stay.
Providing easy parking is always nice. If reserved parking simply isn't available, then offer your guests parking ideas and options. Many guests will bring their own shampoo, soap, and personal grooming products, however, I always provide spa quality soap, shampoo, lotion, a loofah scrub pad, sewing kit and vanity kit with q-tips. Each is individually wrapped, so that if they're not used, can still be offered to the next guest. And be sure you test out the products yourself, make sure they smell nice and they work well.
Here's a list of other amenities that are helpful and welcome. A hair dryer, an iron, an ironing board, individually wrapped spare toothbrushes, small power outlets that sit atop the night stand that can be used for charging phones. If you offer a desk add a power strip that has USB built in. A water carafe next to the night stand, a nice quality welcome mat. My California rentals don't need one, but if you're in a rainy climate add an umbrella, which most people forget to pack when traveling.
It won't hurt to offer simple pleasures, such as chocolates, and I place a California wine or champagne in the room, which costs very little and really pleases my guests. Small touches matter and personalization goes a long way to engage and stun your guests. Don't break the bank, but put some thought into how you'd like your rental to tantalize.
AuthorChristopher Matthew Spencer
Christopher Matthew Spencer, a successful VRBO host, first acquaints viewers with VRBO and the requirements—both in terms of mindset and property—needed to venture into the VRBO world. Then you'll learn how to prep a property, stock it with amenities that will garner 5-star reviews, and craft an attention-getting listing that covers everything from the listing headline to property descriptions and guides. The course also explores how to manage guest interactions, deal with housekeeping and maintenance, and promote listings outside of VRBO. Start watching to learn how you can profit from this great sharing economy platform.
- Evaluating whether VRBO is right for you
- Writing about and photographing the property
- Establishing a price for your VRBO rental
- Planning for ongoing maintenance
- Preparing the kitchen, bedroom(s), and other spaces
- Stocking your rental with amenities
- Scouting the competition
- Managing guest interactions, including check-in and checkout
- Working with guest feedback
- Promoting your VRBO rental
Skill Level Beginner
1. An Overview of VRBO
2. Preparing Your Property
4. Ready, Set, Go! Getting Up and Running on VRBO
5. Service Is Your Brand: Managing Guest Interactions
6. Housekeeping and Maintenance
7. Working with Guest Feedback
8. Tips for Success
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