In the past 10 years, a lot has changed in the vacation rental industry. Earlier this summer, alluraDirect made a change to the way owner rental properties are searched by guests to reflect how the industry has changed to adopt a more simplified way of displaying property size categories. While this change was to effectively make searching properties easier for guests, the change was also designed to preserve the old property information.
For instance, while the search tool was changed to implement just the total number of rooms a property has, the search results still display the exact number of bedrooms and other alternate rooms such as den, alcove, or loft. We bring this up because whether you list on alluraDirect or another vacation rental service site, it’s important to understand how to properly size your property for a comfortable stay.
Think Like a Guest Booking a Vacation – Comfort.
A common mistake by vacation rental owners is to maximize as much potential rental income out of their property by ‘squeezing’ guests into an uncomfortable sleeping arrangement. However, it’s important that an owner puts themselves in the mindset of a guest when deciding to configure their property on a vacation rental site. A vacation rental owner should always consider the quality of the vacation-rental experience that a guest is going to experience while staying at the property.
Typically, a positive experience creates more positive word-of-mouth and a negative experience creates either more negative word-of-mouth or nothing at all.
For instance, a property that is listed as having four bedrooms that includes the living room as a bedroom is likely a property a guest would stay away from. Advertising that you have two queen sofa’s as a fourth bedroom is likely not the best idea for attracting guests that are looking for four bedrooms. You’re far better off targeting guests that are looking for a three bedroom property or one that sleeps six people, than trying to create a space out of a living room area for that fourth bedroom.
Know your target audience and create an excellent guest experience out of the three bedroom property that will create more positive word-of-mouth for you.
Factors to Consider When Deciding on Room Configuration.
As an example, if you were to proceed forward with creating a bedroom out of a living room or a slapped together loft area with a bed place in the middle of an empty space, where would you guest be able to do the following:
- Where will guests store clothes and valuable belongings?
- Do you have enough bathrooms to sufficiently handle a larger party size? This includes things like hooks, towel bars, towels, storage of dirty towels, and other things.
- Can your water heater provide enough hot water to guests for that bath or shower in succession?
Room Configurations are Unique to the Property…
There are many other questions that you may have thought of that we haven’t listed here. We’d love to hear them.
Ultimately, setting up the best room configuration is your choice for your vacation rental property. But put yourself in the mindset of a guest and ask yourself if I would be comfortably happy staying here with x number of guests. Trying to squeeze as much rental income out of your property may ultimately prove to be a negative experience for your guests.