Want to find out how to create a desirable holiday home on a limited budget, today we focus on the kitchen/dining area. This is part of a series of posts to help get maximum bookings for your holiday rental.
The past few weeks I’ve been focusing on rental properties with advice on curb appeal, home staging and photography tips, (links at the end of this post). I will also be writing a post on advertising a rental, and although I am not covering payment or rent collection, you may be interested later to read an informative post on Best Strategies for Collecting Rent on Time from Guenther Management.
If you are building a new kitchen or renovating an old one, I recommend stone/granite bench tops, this can be expensive, however there are many engineered stone/granite surfaces that are reasonably priced and look the real deal. Stone, engineered or otherwise, will last for many years and there is less chance of damage by someone leaving a hot pan on a surface, so in the long run, it is worth the initial extra outlay. One warning I would give you is not to use ‘natural marble in a holiday or rental home as it will stain easily.
I am not going to list kitchen items for your rental, however I will advise a 3 bedroom let to purchase sets of 8, eg; 8 glasses, plates, beakers etc. You should have a well equipped kitchen, you don’t want guests complaining there was no toaster or microwave etc. It is also nice to include a welcome pack for your guests which you can leave on the kitchen island or dining room table where it’s easy to find. There is a post on holiday let welcome packs at Promote my place.com which will give you ideas as to what you should include and little extras you may want to think about.
Above: keep bench top surfaces clear apart from a few decorative pieces. A pop of green does wonders in an all white space
Above: Image via Allee Architecture & Design
Above: A tiny kitchen eating area with all the requirements – Image via Gunther Wachgekusst
Above: In a small rental that has no room for a dining table, a breakfast bar with stools is the perfect solution – Image via OSR Interiors and Building Design