difference between decorating a rental investment
and a holiday home investment is that where a rental
property must be very neutral to suit all tastes,
a holiday home can feel a lot more like your own
personal home and should have a very comfy, lived-in,
According to the holiday rental companies, the very
traditional, cosy cottages let the best. If you
have an inglenook fireplace you will score very
highly. A thatched roof also appeals, as does a
country-style kitchen. Remember, these people want
an idealistic vision of the country style for a
maximum of two weeks. They’re not investing
a lifetime in your property.
you want to make money out of a holiday home
you will need repeat business, therefore the
furnishings and décor are an important
part of guaranteeing that. If a family are
happy and comfortable in your home they will
return year after year. They need to be warm,
have space and be able to sleep well. There
is nothing worse than an uncomfortable bed.
you can provide facilities such as a swimming-pool,
table-tennis, sauna, tennis court etc. then obviously
that would be a bonus but it’s not really
necessary. The holiday cottage companies will send
you lists of what you should provide which will
include extras such as a cot, a high-chair, a stair-gate,
an extra foldaway bed etc. and washing facilities
with full instructions.
for furnishing a holiday home
style should be cosy and warm.
chintziness to a minimum but make it cosy, not sterile.
warm colours in fabrics and upholstery.
a heavy-duty carpet.
pictures, vases and rugs around to create a home
good quality mattresses as they last longer and
ensure repeat business.
sure the heating is efficient and plenty of hot
water can be provided.
good, clean linen.
extra duvets, blankets and pillows.
should be plenty of comfy chairs and sofas.
must be a TV, DVD, video and stereo. (Some even
provide a good selection of videos.)
don’t need to be up to the minute but a white
suite is preferable and a
shower is a plus.
The kitchen should be fully equipped with enough
crockery for however many the house can sleep. (Everything
will be on the list). Good cutlery is a plus.
whole place must exude a pleasant, comfortable air
that makes people feel relaxed. That is the idea
of a holiday, after all.
Washing machine and dryer should have instructions
of the bedrooms should have twin beds.
house will be graded by an inspector from one of
the holiday companies (if you choose to go through
them) and they are likely to offer advice on any
changes they deem necessary. They want you to get
the highest rent, so they get a higher commission!
Obviously, the more your house has to offer in terms
of style, comfort, location and facilities the higher
the grading will be. A grand Georgian rectory with
eight bedrooms is bound to be in a higher band than
a two-bedroom cottage but it won’t necessarily
let as frequently.
regulations regarding gas, fire and electrical safety
are the same as for non-holiday lettings so all
furnishings must meet fire protection standards
and upholstery fabrics must be fire retardant.
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