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Try This Danish Strategy to Increase Winter Vacation Rental Bookings

      By Mercedes Brennan  TRY THIS DANISH STRATEGY TO INCREASE WINTER VACATION RENTAL BOOKINGS When temperatures drop, the low to non-existent bookings season begins for many vacation rental properties. It’s winter and people like to stay at home and drink tea and putter. There are two approaches to this scenario: 1) You accept that bookings are thin and take a break from the short-term rental business. Or…. 2)...
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Vacation Rental Styling – Why Average Is Over For Vacation Rentals

      By Mercedes Brennan  Vacation Rental Styling – Why Average Is Over For Vacation Rentals We are living in The New Era of Aesthetics. It is the 21st century and expectations of beauty have dramatically increased. Excellent design is everywhere. It invites us into an enticing, diverse, stimulating, gorgeous world. Our smartphones are as sexy as supermodels, the typeface and photography of our favorite blogs compel us to...
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Vacation Rental Styling – Yes, Kitchenettes Matter

      By Mercedes Brennan  I think kitchenettes need to pack a huge punch. Why? Because kitchenettes are mistakenly viewed as the ugly step-sisters to their proper kitchen sisters. You typically find them in mini vacation rentals or in the rented-out portion of an otherwise owner-occupied home (think Airbnb). And often such spaces are designed as afterthoughts. Or worse, on the fly. This is a lost opportunity. Why? Because...
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Vacation Rental Styling – HOW TO MAKE A SMALL ROOM FEEL BIGGER

      By Mercedes Brennan  Struggling with a small vacation rental? Try these strategies for making a room feel bigger. Many holiday rental owners struggle with small rooms. Cottages, condos, and apartments don’t typically have large expansive rooms and they are the most common dwellings purchased for vacation rentals. So what is an owner to do? Rely on the cozy factor, cross their fingers guests won’t mind? While square...
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Flooring Ideas to Give Your Outdoor Room an Edge

Flooring Ideas to Give Your Outdoor Room an Edge The materials you lay underfoot — decking, tile or a mix of contrasting textures — can bring fresh appeal to your outside space Flooring can help you make the most of your outside space, whether you have a small city roof terrace or a rambling garden. Varying the levels and textures is a great trick to add the illusion of depth...
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Vacation Rental Styling – 17 Outstanding Outdoor Rooms

17 Outstanding Outdoor Rooms Consider these creative possibilities for extending your living area outdoors We have no doubt come a long way in how we treat our outdoor garden spaces as extensions of our homes, fulfilling a need to sit outside and enjoy the sun in a cool and comfortable space. In years past, outdoor rooms often were nothing more than a covered area at the back of the house...
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How to Design a Family-Friendly Yard for People of All Ages

Incorporate features and materials that will make your landscape fun and accessible for everyone Your yard, like your home, should be an enjoyable asset for the whole family, with spaces for kids to play, adults to hang out and older people or anyone with limited mobility to access. Landscape design for all ages is a common theme in our public landscapes, since universal accessibility is required by federal law, but...
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Vacation Rental To-Dos: Your May Home Checklist

  By Alan Egan Vacation Rental To-Dos: Your May Home Checklist  Here’s a gentle reminder of a few of the jobs that need doing at this time of year. There is plenty of incentive to get those outdoor spaces ready to for your guests. Tick these 10 items off your to-do list To-Dos: Your May Home Checklist Paint or stain your home’s exterior. Longer days and generally milder weather makes...
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Vacation Rental Management – Perfect Bathrooms

By Alanna Shroeder Here’s another of an exclusive series of videos made by Alanna Shroeder of The Distinguished Guest for Rent More Weeks. In this short video Alanna shows you how to add some lovely touches to your bathrooms. Many owners and managers think that they already do this perfectly well but by introducing a few extra details you can raise the bar and hit hotel standards and beyond. After all, guests...
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Vacation Rental Management – Perfect towels

By Alanna Shroeder Here’s another of an exclusive series of videos made by Alanna Shroeder of The Distinguished Guest for Rent More Weeks. In this short video Alanna shows you how to fold towels perfectly. Many owners and managers think that they already fold towels perfectly well but by introducing a few extra touches you can raise the bar an hit hotel standards and beyond. After all, guests appreciate the...
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