Renting out your home as short-term accommodation can be a great source of passive income — not only will it help pay the bills, you can even use the money to fund your own holiday.
Lana Taylor is one third of , who, along with Erin Cayless and Bonnie Hindmarsh, renovated Bonnie’s Pearl Beach Shack (pictured above). Here, she shares her advice on how to get your home in tip-top shape for attracting travelling guests.
Cleanliness is key
Make sure the house feels fresh, clean and modern, explains Lana. “Nothing’s worse than staying in a home that looks, feels and smells like it did 20 years ago,” she says. This doesn’t mean your home needs to resemble a hotel, but it’s well worth paying a professional to give the space a thorough clean prior to each stay, as well as ensuring good airflow and giving it a regular declutter.
Good photos can make or break a booking
When someone is scrolling through a long list of potential rentals, good photos are essential. “Invest in good photographs as that’s what will get you your bookings,” says Lana. Instagram can be a great marketing tool, and is an ideal way to showcase your home through beautiful imagery. Including shots of nearby cafes, parks and beaches can also help potential guests get a feel for the neighbourhood.
Aim for maximum impact with minimal spend
For maximum impact with minimal spend, a fresh coat of paint is hard to beat for return on investment. “It can make a massive difference to how a house feels,” she says. A safe bet is to stick with a neutral colour palette of crisp white, adding colour through décor and soft furnishings. One or two larger items, such as furniture or floor coverings, are also a great place to invest, says Lana. “It can immediately update a holiday home for just a few thousand dollars -— and no-one will notice the old-fashioned tile flooring if it’s got a great big rug over it.”
If you can only fix up one area, make it the kitchen
“Modern living means people are spending more time in the kitchen for recreation and entertaining,” explains Lana. “Some fresh cabinetry, a Caesarstone benchtop and new appliances can totally transform the holiday-house experience.” For homes that are suited to families or larger groups, a working kitchen that’s equipped with all the essentials — pots, pans, crockery and cutlery — is a massive plus.
Personal touches make a space feel welcoming
They can help create that home-away-from-home feel. Lana suggests that thoughtful use of artwork, homewares and books can work wonders to give a holiday house that homely feel. “It’s the little touches that make all the difference,” she says.
Making durable choices will stand the test of time
With a constant stream of visitors, Lana says your choice in flooring is possibly one of the most important, as it’s going to get so much wear and tear. “We recently used vinyl planks in one of our projects because they’re durable and you can replace small sections at a time if it needs repairs,” she explains.
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