The origin of Spring comes from the sense of a new beginning. As we near the end of winter, our springtime to-do list is growing and getting closer to a start date. In preparation, we thought it would be a great idea to share a few tips to help breathe new life into your vacation rental and keep bookings climbing year-round. We hope these tips will help anyone who’s been having a bit of a hard time with their vacation home decor and help create picturesque scenes your guests will be excited to experience in person.

Here are our top tips for decorating a vacation rental…

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Less is More

At Vacay Whitefish, homeowners are advised to declutter their rental homes of nick-nacks and bulky or too much furniture. The approach for preparing your home for short-term rentals is similar to the steps a homeowner would take if selling a home. We want to create a clean and uncluttered appearance to ensure each room photographs well. Keep countertops and tabletops relatively free of items and avoid packing a room with big or too much furniture.

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Remove Personal Effects and Family Photos

Having too many family photos in a rental home has the potential to make a guest feel uncomfortable, as though they are intruding. Additionally, personal effects can take someone out of a personal vacation. Therefore, we suggest removing the wall of family photos and pictures on nightstands. That said, it is appropriate to leave one personal effect in the home to remind renters that this is a personal vacation home owned, used, and loved by someone and their family. While most renters are courteous and respectful of personal items left by the homeowner, we always recommend removing items of sentimental or monetary value. While it is your home, you want the guests to feel welcomed and comfortable.  Feelings of comfort and coziness can be imparted through a warm throw blanket over a couch, unique wall hangings, or a bottle of wine left for a guest.

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Updated and Modern Interiors

Updated and modern interior finishes and furnishings photograph beautifully and attract more guests. Homeowners that invest in bathroom and kitchen remodels will see a return on their investment in the form of a higher nightly rent and increased occupancy. Understanding that not all homeowners can afford a full remodel, we recommend having a simple and minimalistic approach to design and decor. It is easy to maintain and any homeowner can take steps towards this concept. We also recommend neutral paint, window coverings, and beddings, as well as throwing in fun accents to reflect the geographical area (a framed vintage ski poster, animal print pillow, etc.).

Stay in Your Home As a Guest

Outfitting a rental home with necessary and everyday items is essential for ensuring a pleasant guest stay and building great reviews! Stay in your home for a least 2 nights before your vacation rental property management, like Vacay Whitefish, begins renting it out. Use it as a guest would – cook meals, spend time with your family playing games and watching movies, sleep in the beds, and do laundry. Find out what works and what doesn’t work, and make changes to ensure a favorable guest experience!

When you’re ready to take the guesswork out of owning a vacation rental, Vacay Whitefish is here for you. Give us a call today at 406.730.3061 and take the first step towards stress-free vacation rental property management!


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