Tips To Create the Best Guest Experience for Your Vacation Rental

 One way to make a vacation home more affordable is to rent it out when you aren't using it. The rent you collect will help to cover the mortgage payment on the house, and then you can still use it essentially whenever you want. Vacation rental websites will help you get it rented and ensure that it remains open on days you want it reserved for yourself or your family.

So if you have NC mountain cabins for rent, you want to take the extra steps to ensure you can get top dollar for the nights they are rented. Here are a few tips for creating the best guest experience possible.

Leave clear instructions for the house.

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The instructions for the house should include things like what the WiFi password is and how the remote works. Let the renters know in the instructions where they can find extra towels and pillows. If you don't want the tenants to use areas of the house, make that clear in the instructions. Likewise, if there are household items you don't want them using, make that clear as well. Think about any questions someone may have staying in your house and go ahead and answer them. This will make it easier for your guests and result in fewer emails and phone calls from the tenants asking questions while they are there.

Leave a welcome gift.

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A welcome gift doesn't have to be expensive or large; it's just a thank-you for choosing your rental over the many other options in the area. A macaron gift box is an ideal welcome gift. You can get an assortment box with flavors like pistachio, passion fruit, almond, and dark chocolate. You could also leave cupcakes, dessert bars, or any other small treat, gift box, or seasonal flavor item for them to enjoy. Please leave a note with the welcome gift to let them know it is for them and that you appreciate their business. It's also fun for tenants to have a guest journal where every guest can write about their experience. Future guests can read the entries provided, and it creates a living history for the rental.

Provide a map of the area with food suggestions.

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If they visit the area, they will not be familiar with the local food options, but everyone wants excellent food while on vacation. As someone who knows the area, leave a map with recommendations for local restaurants. Be sure to offer various options since you don't know what kind of food they will want the most. You can even leave a note of what your favorite dish is at a particular restaurant or what the atmospheres at the different restaurants are. You can also leave your recommendations for bars and coffee shops in the area, or tips on how to get around high-traffic areas or local construction.

Make the stay as simple as possible.

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If you've ever stayed at a rented home or cottage, you know that sometimes the owners want the tenants to do a lot before leaving the place. These tasks can include taking out the trash, loading the dishwasher, washing the towels and sheets, among other tasks. While it's nice to have less cleaning to prepare for the next tenants, it's also important to remember that the people renting your home are on vacation, and they don't want to spend their last day of vacation cleaning your cottage. While it is appropriate to expect the place not to be trashed, make the stay easy and relaxing by not requiring your guests to clean the place before they leave.

The best approach to creating a great guest experience is to think about what you love about vacation rentals and provide those things for your guests. Consider your best vacation experience and see if there are ways to offer that to your guests.

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