3 Easy steps for preparing your holiday home for rental

27/04/2018 /
by
Electric Radiator Solutions Team

How to prepare your home for holiday rental

Providing a holiday home for holiday makers can be a great source of extra income, however there can be a lot to consider regarding preparations, and keeping outgoing costs as low as possible. In order to create a happy and safe stay for your customers, it’s best practice to get organised and address any issues before the peak season hits. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

D.I.Y

The first thing a customer will notice when they enter the property is always going to be it’s welcoming and clean appearance. A holiday or short break is the ideal time to escape the stresses of our everyday lives so be sure to create a tidy and relaxing space for people to kick start their adventure. Invest in time to commit to some deep cleaning and spruce up your decor - a little TLC can go a long way! Repair or replace any damaged or tired looking furniture. Be on the lookout for any loose flooring or carpets, not only for the sake of appearances, but also to avoid any unnecessary accidents such as slips and falls. There’s no need to spend a fortune to create a fresh look; substitute those old tatty cushion covers for brand new, replace old discoloured towels, ensure the bedding is recently washed and the pillows are plumped up, and ensure there’s no clutter.

Stocking up

There’s nothing more inconvenient than arriving at your holiday destination after a long journey, only to find there’s no toilet roll, clean towels or other basic essentials. Aim to provide a small stash of toiletries including soaps, toilet rolls and travel sized shampoo and conditioner and equip visitors with a number of freshly washed towels.

They’ll appreciate the effort you’ve gone to in order to assure their stay in the property is stress free, relaxing and accommodating, especially when the exhaustion hits from travelling. A lot of holiday homes also offer basic cooking ingredients such as salt, pepper and sugar so holidaymakers can focus on shopping the local markets for ingredients to experiment with. If you want to add that extra touch, you could create a special welcome pack for your guests to enjoy with ingredients to cook up things like a full English to set them up for a day of exploring.

Appliances

As simple as it may seem, be certain you are facilitating your customers with all the necessary household appliances they will need; a cooker for example, and maybe even a washing machine. To avoid getting that dreaded phone call from guests to report complaints and inconveniences, be proactive and review all electricals and amenities for any damage and needed repairs. Complete safety checks by PAT testing any electrical items and conducting fire alarm trials.

Similarly, before the bookings come flooding in, it’s worthwhile assessing the heating needs of the property. If you need to install an additional heating source then it can be beneficial to use electric radiators, ensuring that your residents can easily stay cosy both in the winter season and also on those cool summer nights.

Electric radiators have the additional benefits of being extremely easy to set up yourself with no need for plumbing and are energy efficient so will save you money on energy bills in the long run. You can also opt for smart electric radiators - these are not only great for guests but allow you to remotely check the heating is off once your guests have checked out.

As mentioned, converting a property into a holiday home can come with many expenses, so maintaining low outgoing costs is essential to ensure you reap the rewards of a high profit. That should include addressing any issues before your guests arrive so there’s no need to offer compensation for inconveniences. For additional help and advice on heating a new or existing holiday home in preparation for peak season, contact our team at Electric Radiator Solutions - the UK’s leading electric heating company.