Staging a vacation rental offers unique hurdles, the property has to photograph beautifully but it has to function intuitively. The photographs will determine if a first-time renter will book, but the return visitor and reviewer bases their opinions on their experience; it must exceed expectations.
This waterfront vacation rental had become a little tired and bookings were down. The busy sofa, oversized side table and mismatched lamps drew the eye away from the window and the view beyond. The carpet was dated and impractical for the space.
The TV hutch had had its day, vacationers expect a big screen to watch the game or relax with a family movie in comfort and clarity. In this room, SellWell Home Staging was able to remove the hutch and keep the lower half of the unit as a TV stand with storage.
SellWell Home Staging replaced the furniture and flooring in this vacation and reupholstered the dining chairs in complementary colors. The fake plants were removed. The art work, faded by the sun, was replaced with a simple colorful print reusing the same frame.
In addition to these visible changes, SellWell Home Staging made sure the vacation rental would function perfectly from the first day of each visit. That meant making sure the kitchen had every utensil that might be needed – (one reviewer actually commented on the scissors in the kitchen drawer!) and that rooms are set up for the vacation lifestyle – hooks to hang wet swimsuits, an outside faucet to rinse off sandy feet and paws.
Finally, vacations are made of moments that our busy schedules rarely allow, a comfortable chair to enjoy a book and the sound of the waves or a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset.
SellWell Home Staging completed this project in 2019, the vacation rental is booked out through the 2021 season with many repeat renters from 2020.