Essential Items that every Holiday Home should have
It can be disappointing for travellers to go on holiday and end up not having household conveniences available for use in the holiday rental property. Although our properties are geared toward the self catering market, there are ways to help make a property more convenient for guests. Here we explain why guests need certain basic amenities.
See below for a full Equipment and Facilities Checklist, which lists all the required necessities.
Many travellers can not fit a hair dryer in their suitcase, nor do they want to lug it around. Plus, since many hotels provide hair dryers, they might expect it of their holiday homes too. You can easily buy one relatively cheaply.
1. A hair dryer
Imagine you’ve just had a long journey. You’ve been driving all night, caught connecting trains, or have just landed after your long stressful flight. We’re not going to mention the first thing that most people do when they arrive, but they breathe a sigh of relief afterwards. Now imagine your horror when you reach for the toilet paper holder and it’s empty! Don’t make your guests suffer this.
2. Toilet paper
You might already have an iron, but we also recommend having a full-size ironing board. After everything gets wrinkled in their suitcases, your travellers will probably appreciate not having to sit on the floor to iron.
3. Ironing board
4. Starter pack of coffee, tea bags, milk (or UHT milk) and sugar
This is especially helpful if you live in a market where many of your travellers arrive at night. You don't have to provide coffee/tea for their entire stay, but it helps to keep them less grumpy on the first morning.
5. Oven glovesThe last thing you want is to have one of your guests get burned. Keep oven gloves near the oven or cooking equipment.
Providing an array of spices is helpful for the renters who plan to cook, but at the very least, be sure to leave some salt and pepper in the cupboard.
6. Salt and pepper
7. Pillow protectors and mattress pads
These items will help your pillows and mattresses last longer and will add to the appearance of cleanliness at your home.
8. Towels and bed linenEven the most basic holiday rental should provide two bath towels, two hand towels, and four wash cloths for every guest they sleep. Make sure there’s also two sets of bedlinen for every bed, incase the sheets need to be changed. If it gets cold some extra blankets would also be much apprechiated.
Keeping rubbish bags in all of your dustbins just appears cleaner. And you wouldn’t want raw household waste going directly into your bins? Don't forget the small WC dustbins, too.
9. Bin liners in rubbish bins
If you don't have air conditioning or ceiling fans, it's easy to place a couple of tabletop fans in the cupboard so your guests can stay cool and comfortable.
In case of sickness or allergies don't make your guests use toilet paper every time they need to blow their noses.
A simple full-length mirror is inexpensive and can be hung on the back of the bedroom doors.
12. A full-length mirror
Keep your guests entertained during the evenings and rainy days. A variety of games is optimal, but you can't go wrong with a simple deck of cards.
13. A deck of cards
a guest book will encourage renters to leave a review. You can submit these as Guest Book Comments on holiday-rentals.co.uk or ownersdirect.co.uk. Plus, those reviews might include tips for area activities or restaurants that future guests will certainly appreciate.
14. A guestbook
Top Tip: If you advertise on HomeAway.co.uk, a customer’s review carries a lot of weight, and will help you get further enquires. Why not submit a positive comment left by a previous guest, and submit it as a guest book comment?
15. Emergency suppliesYou should always be prepared for the worst with a battery-powered radio, torches and a first-aid kit, especially if you're located in an area prone to natural disasters.
The Holiday Home Equipment and Facilities Checklist
If you want to rent out your holiday home, you need to equip it with some standard items before you can open your doors to the public. Here’s our comprehensive Equipment and Facilities Checklist of everything the customers will need. The “must haves” are essentials, whilst the “extras” are suggestions that will help you gain the edge over your competitors.
And if your second home is in an area with great food markets, or is popular with foodies, simply use the included Kitchen Checklist to stock up, and watch those budding chefs start queuing.