Labor Day Weekend marked the official end to the Summer 2009 vacation rental season. Soon management companies will start the process of property evaluations for owners to begin refurbishments for next year. Summer occupancies were better than anticipated, but during generally slower times it can still be difficult to determine a refurbishment budget and what updates to make.
You don't need to completely re-do a condo to make meaningful and noticeable results! Your ultimate goal is to protect your investment, please your guests, and invite the opportunity for repeat rentals. Start by reviewing your guests' comments from this past summer as well as feedback and recommendations from your property management company. Next look at existing furniture that is still in good condition - working with what you have and making small improvements can go a long way. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint on the walls, touching up nicks on bedroom or living room pieces, or re-covering dining chair or barstool seats in a new fabric can begin to freshen up a unit.
If you can only select a few larger items to address at this time, be sure to choose improvements that will get you the best impact for your budget and make a great impression on your guests. For example, adding vibrant new bedspreads is an easy and affordable way to update your existing bedroom furniture. Replacing the sleeper sofa or other worn upholstery improves your guests' comfort during their stay. Durable hospitality-quality draperies make a significant visual impact on your overall decor and more much less problematic than vertical blinds.
A Summer Home is available to assist property owners however we can throughout the course of your refurbishment project. Complimentary fabric samples are always available upon request. We can also inspect your unit, offer our suggestions for improvements, and help you determine a budget to get the best results. For property managers, we are able to supply fabric samples, tailor special refurbishment packages to your property, and offer homeowner meeting resources to help your owners through their updating process.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or for further assistance.