The term “work vacation” has taken on a whole new meaning over the past several months as people begin to look for safe, secluded getaways that can offer both the vacation experience along with suitable work options.

With many companies throughout the world extending the option for their employees to work remotely until summer 2021, vacation rental bookings are surging. Hosts must be equipped to meet the new demands of the “Work From Home” guest. The experts at VacationRenter say that renters are scouring listings to ensure that homes have ample desk space and sufficient lighting. The VacationRenter team has provided five main takeaways for hosts revamping their rentals to appeal to a WFH guest.

1.   Workspace

Those working from home want real space to spread out, not just the kitchen table. Carving out a few nooks in the rental to accommodate an office set-up is a feature that travelers working remotely from rentals will appreciate. If you can, providing office desks, monitors, and extension cords can add a lot of value. Be sure to highlight in your rental’s description all of the WFH features – like high-speed internet and wifi, table or desk space, and comfortable seating – so potential guests working remote won’t have to worry. Living Spaces designer Shelby Greene suggests décor for your vacation home that aids in renters work from home needs and adds some spice to the home:

·        Lamp Assist Features: By simply touching a sensor in the back of your nightstand, you can turn on your light through the light assist feature. The Laurent Nightstand has this feature as well as two additional power outlets at the bottom for all your other items.  

·        Built-in AC Outlets: If your bedroom doesn’t have enough power outlets, or if you prefer to get all your cord clutter under control, you can now find many items with built-in AC outlets.

·        USB Ports in Desks: Desks with USB ports will keep the devices you need for work, like your computer, phone and tablet – always charged and on-hand. This Madison White Desk includes a drop-front center drawer for keyboards, and a power strip with two AC outlets and two USB ports.

2.   High-Speed WiFi

Along with office set-up features that help to make remote work easier for travelers, it’s important to ensure you have high-speed internet that can allow for the work to happen. Try to make sure you have speeds that can accommodate multiple users, all day usage, and provide a stable connection for elements such as video conferencing and video streaming. Also, be sure to set up a wifi network that reaches every area of your rental.

3.   Update Your Photos

Pay for a professional photographer to take photos of your rental which will be the major element travelers will be looking at during their decision-making process. As such, spending a few hundred dollars on a photographer provides an unimaginable return on the investment. Don’t skimp and try to just take photos on your phone.

4.   Invest in some light gym equipment

Providing an opportunity for travelers to be able to get in some exercise during their stay, especially now while many gyms are not accessible, can enable both a short-term and long-term boost to the property. A lot of exercise equipment is small and portable, so won’t require having to dedicate an entire room for their use, and even inexpensive equipment like dumbbells, kettlebells, jump ropes and bands can go a long way.

5.   Welcome furry friends

Pet-friendly rentals are growing in popularity. One out of every five travelers using a search filter on VacationRenter used the pet-friendly filter in 2020 and pet-friendly listings are up 11% in the last four months, indicating more accommodations are responding to the demand and making changes to allow pets. If you’re willing to open up your rental to people and pets, VacationRenter recommends making additions to your rental like having extra dog bowls on hand for travelers and paw cleaners to keep furry friends – and your floors – clean.

Greene says, “It’s important to choose furniture that won’t require a ton of cleaning, and that fur won’t stick to, like leather or pleather. If your living room consists of tables, sofas and chairs with wooden legs, swap the wood out for metal to remove any temptations for pets to chew. When shopping for furniture for your vacation rental home, look for words like stain-resistant and/or high performance fabric to ensure easy-to-clean upholstery. Microfiber, leather, faux leather and wool often fall into these categories. When it comes to rugs, keep the pile low. This will not only help diminish your pet’s urge to scratch, it will also help to keep hair and dander away.”

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