• Danielle Hernandez

Upgrading and Updating Your Vacation Rental

As summer comes to a close and back to school season begins, there is no better time to make minor updates to your vacation rental than now. As you prepare your vacation rentals for their next peak season, take the time to make some minor upgrades that will take your vacation rental to the next level. Don’t know where to start or what to upgrade? Don’t worry! We've compiled a list of what you should upgrade and invest in during this mini update.


Bedroom Updates

First, start in the most used spot in your vacation rental: the bedroom. After peak season, your bed linens have seen it all. So take this time to upgrade and replace them. To start, we recommend that you replace your mattress topper and if you aren't already using one then you should invest in one. You’ve spent the money on the mattress, and you’ll want to make it last as long as you can, so protect it from everyday use. We recommend that you use one that is waterproof and hypoallergenic to protect your mattress against stains, liquid spills, dreaded bed bugs, and dust mites. This is one that checks all of our boxes!

Now, let's move onto the actual linens that your guest will be using. You don't want to spend too much money on the sheets as you will have to replace them again soon and the cost will add up, but you do want to make sure that you're using good quality sheets so that your guest will enjoy a good nights rest. These sheets from Target have great reviews and are a great value.

Next: your pillows. As a good rule of thumb you’ll want to have 2 pillows for every guest that will be staying. Like the mattress topper, you’ll want to invest in a pillow protector that will protect against bed bugs, dust mites, and liquids. We recommend that you use Protect-A-Bed Aller Zip Smooth Pillow Protector. Now, for the actual pillow. You won't be able to please everyone with your pillow choice, so go for an option that is in the middle. After doing some research, we found that these had the best reviews and were at a great price point for vacation rental homes. These pillows are also machine washable, which makes it easier on you when it comes time to turn around vacation rentals between guests.



Moving on from the bedroom and another item in your vacation rental that will get a lot of wear and tear will be any rugs. Rugs are expensive to replace so luckily there are options like Ruggable which provide washable, waterproof, and stain-resistant rugs. Ruggable allows you to take off the cover of the rug throw it in the wash to get rid of any stains, dirt, or dust without having to replace the entire thing. You can even switch out the covers to fit the decor of the room.



Nothing says 2019 like new tech inventions. Technology has made owning a vacation rental a lot easier. Here are our recommendations for the technology you should invest in for your vacation rental.

Keyless Door Locks

Having to take the time out of your day to meet with the renter to drop off keys is in the past now. Thanks to new technology advancements such as keyless door locks, your guest can enter your vacation rental without needing a physical key. There are many great options on the market- this article provides the best 10 keyless door locks. Take a look at the article and choose the keyless door lock that will suit your vacation rental the best. Deciding on whether you want a traditional keypad or Bluetooth access point is up to your personal preference!

Party Squasher

Have a strict no party policy and want to make sure that it is enforced? This next technology recommendation is for you! The Party Sqausher is the perfect way to make sure your guests aren't throwing any unwanted parties at your property. This discreet device connects to your wifi router and sends you a notification when it detects that there are more phones in your property than you want. It alerts you to a possible party even when phones aren't connected to your wifi. The best part? The Party Sqausher is discreet, so your guests will have no idea, and you'll be able to have peace of mind knowing your vacation rental isn't hosting a house party.

Keeping with the theme of giving you peace of mind while your vacation rental is in use. We are recommending that while you are already making minor upgrades to your property, you invest in an exterior camera. Exterior cameras are great because they show you what is happening at your property without you having to be there. Not sure which exterior camera is right for you and your property? this article has everything you would need to know when looking for an exterior camera for your property.

Our last technology recommendation is going to be something that your guest will truly enjoy: a smart tv. You want your guests to have the best experience at your vacation rental and what better way than to ensure you have the latest technology. With smart TVs, your guests can connect to their streaming services to enjoy their favorite shows and movies on vacation. Not sure what smart TV to invest in? This great article breaks down the difference in TVs and why to buy them. Don't want to fully invest in a smart TV for your rental home but still want your guest to enjoy themselves? Streaming sticks are a great and cheaper alternative to Smart TV. We recommend either the Roku streaming stick or the Amazon Fire Stick depending on your needs and preferences.


Creating a Instagram worthy photo spot

Your guests are having a great time at your vacation rental, and they want to take pictures to remember the best vacation ever. There is only one problem: they can't seem to find the perfect picture spot in your rental. You've missed a great opportunity for your guests to organically rave about your vacation rental online and on their social media accounts. We recommend that while you are making updates to your property, you provide your guests with the perfect background for pictures. This can be as easy as painting one wall in the rental a fun color and providing minimal decor so that it becomes the perfect Instagram wall. Get creative, add a few props or a make a fun backdrop with the name of your vacation rental. Make sure you let your guest know that you think this would be the best spot for pictures at to tag Timber & Tide!


Last, look at your vacation rental from the exterior. Could the paint use a fresh coat? Do you need to invest in your landscaping? Do you need to upgrade your outdoor furniture? Remember you want your guests to feel at home here and enjoy their time at your vacation rental. Making small upgrades and updates will save you money in the long run.

Decided your property needs more upgrades and updates than you thought? Give us a call! We love updating properties to suit each owner's needs!

After all, nobody does vacation rental management like Timber & Tide.

www.timberandtidehomes.com @timberandtidehomes 404.217.4148

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