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25 Mar 2021
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We've been in the business since 2005, helping second homeowners with their vacation rentals in Steamboat Springs, a top-notch travel destination. While the location of your rental is very important, guests traveling to Colorado are also looking for vacation homes that can provide them with comfort and convenience. Learn about the easy things you can do this mud season to help increase your rental income.

1. Update Mattresses, Bedding and Living Room Furniture

A common complaint we hear after guests have stayed in a vacation home is that the mattresses were outdated, or the living room furniture wasn’t very comfortable. Especially if you offer a pull-out sofa bed as part of your sleeping arrangements, it’s important to make sure the furniture offers a good night’s sleep.

Hint: If you purchased your second home’s furniture almost a decade ago, it’s probably safe to assume an upgrade is needed.

Tip: Quality linens can go a long way. There’s nothing better than resting on a soft sheet set after a long day of activities. Also, if purchasing new mattresses isn’t within your budget, consider adding mattress pads or bed toppers to offer additional comfort for your guests.

2. Modernize the Aesthetics of Your Rental

While it’s understandable to want to decorate your vacation rental according to your own style, it’s also smart to recognize that not every guest may agree with your choices. Creating a welcoming environment is simple. Stick to neutral tones with paint colors and stay modern, yet timeless with décor and furnishings.  

Hint: If your second home is filled with family photos and outdated knick knacks, you may be missing out on that luxury feel guests are looking for.

Tip: Skip the personal mementos. Think less clutter and simple pieces to help your guest feel more “at home” on their vacation.

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3. Keep Extras in Stock

Guests LOVE surprise extras. In fact, some of our best reviews come in from gracious travelers who forgot to pack certain items and were pleasantly surprised with how well stocked their vacation rental was. Extra toiletries and a well-supplied kitchen have many travelers raving.

Hint: If you need to pack toiletries and cookware when staying in your own vacation rental, It’s probably a good idea to stock up.

Tip: Keep things in supply that you can imagine using yourself. Items like soap, shampoo, extra toilet paper and paper towels, a hair dryer, spare towels as well as kitchenware like utensils, Tupperware, cups, mixing bowls, and coffee makers are good essentials to focus on.

4. Go a Step Beyond

It’s 2021 – electronics, appliances and sources of entertainment have come a long way since you’ve probably purchased your second home. Updated televisions, accessories, appliances, and even leisurely resources can go a long way in ensuring your guests will return to your rental.

Hint: If your television can’t access streaming services, it may be a good return on your investment to bring in newer electronics.

Tip: Swap out those old electronics and opt for a modern TV, USB plugs, and updated kitchen and laundry appliances.

Since 2005, Retreatia Vacation Lodging has been helping second homeowners in Steamboat Springs. Our property management services can be further categorized into rental and property (HOA) management. Whether you are looking for a professional rental manager for your mountain property, or if your condominium association is looking for a new management company, Retreatia Vacation Lodging specializes in representing the best locations in Steamboat Springs.

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