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Furnishings and Equipment
The information supplied below is full of tips and ideas for those looking for help furnishing and equipping their holiday home.
Your property will need regularly decorating throughout to keep it looking fresh and clean. Choose neutral tones to suit the majority of peoples taste but nothing too stark, try and give the property a personal touch. Avoid busy patterns which will give a cluttered look and reduce the feeling of space.
Choose well made furniture which is strong and durable this will last longer than going for the cheaper option. To maximise your property’s potential you could buy a sofa bed to accommodate extra people in the lounge. Provide ample storage for people’s belongings such as hanging space with plenty of coat hangers and drawers in the bedroom.
Keep a supply of clean linen at the property and keep extra blankets, quilts and pillows, incase guests require them. Provide towels, and bathmats, most guests will expect them, beach towels and picnic blankets are also a useful extra.
Provide a TV and DVD/Video player, and a CD/Radio. It is a good idea to record a selection of classic films, and supply plenty of second hand books and board games. A computer games console and games are usually welcome. Ensure operating instructions are included in the welcome pack. Internet access is becoming a ‘must’ for some people on holiday, installing it would give you an extra selling point.
A well equipped kitchen is essential. An oven, hob and fridge are standard but a dishwasher is an added bonus. Make sure all equipment is working and get things repaired immediately. Provide double the quantity of crockery, cutlery, mugs and glasses so that your guests don’t have to wash up too often. Supply a good range of pans and utensils and a kettle, toaster and microwave if possible. Stock the cupboard with basic items that won’t perish – salt and pepper, oil, sugar, tea and coffee.
Furnish your property with as much equipment needed to make your guests’ stay a pleasant one. Provide some laundry equipment such as a washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board, clothes line and airer as well as miscellaneous items such as a hairdryer. Put a supply of soap and toilet rolls in the bathrooms. For babies you will need to provide a high chair, a travel cot and a stair gate.
Supply anything that will help increase your customers’ enjoyment of the area, such as a pair of old bicycles and suitable helmets, buckets and spades, lilos and sports equipment. Provide beach equipment such as folding chairs, a windbreak and a beach umbrella - people will appreciate not having to buy these items themselves.
Make the most of your outside space, employ a regular gardener and window cleaner and supply patio furniture and a BBQ. Keep the area clutter free and make sure views are unobstructed. Parking space is important – if you can’t create space within your property grounds, then inform guests where they can park safely and securely.
Keep a supply of cleaning products and equipment at your property. Items such as a vacuum cleaner, brushes, a mop and bucket, cloths and detergents will help encourage guests to keep the place clean. Hazardous cleaning products such as bleach should be stored in a high cupboard out of children’s reach.
If your property is in a winter destination, make sure you have an efficient heating system; log fires give a cosy romantic touch. If your holiday home is in a hot climate, think about installing air conditioning or fans to make your guests more comfortable.
Compile an inventory of furniture and equipment which you can use to help you with inspections and guest changeovers.