GUEST POST – Is your vacation rental home not getting the attention you want? If so, a new paint, both inside and out, can make your home more appealing to renters. A fresh coat of paint is one of the most inexpensive upgrades you can add to any home. It is easy and a great way to refresh the overall look of your rental. Even if you stick to the same color scheme, a new paint job brightens up the appearance of the entire vacation rental, enticing guests to click through all your property listing’s photos and learn more about your vacation home.
Similar to selling a piece of land, curb appeal is an important factor in managing vacation rental homes. When people go online to search for a place to stay while traveling, all they have to go on are the pictures and words that you provide. Make these outstanding and more guests will be interested.
Stand across the street from the property and look at the house. Are the current colors attractive? Do they fit the home style and general neighborhood? What colors and designs might look better? Take some pictures and then look online at some of the new paint styles and choices available today. For instance, you might find that painting the door a bold color against an otherwise neutral home can be quite an attractive choice. Red or a deep orange are often ideal for this design choice.
Do not go overboard on strong design elements. For instance, if you choose to use a bold maroon door, you should not try a striped paint job for your porch railings. Stick to one or two design elements for the entire exterior of the home.
The photos shared for potential renters will include the inside of the house as well. The interior, just like the exterior, will look better with a new paint job. Consider each room individually and how the decor will contribute to the home as a whole. Make choices that will be aesthetically pleasing as you walk from one room to another. Be sure to use colors to enhance the atmosphere that you are going for. While you are upgrading, this would be a great time to check out the lighting and to make sure that it offers warmth and practicality. Adding light can show off your new paint job and make the place seem even more inviting and clean.
Look at interior decor websites, focusing on the paint choices to jump start your brainstorming session. Note what types of choices are moving into and out-of-favor. What colors and elements do you want to use? Would you prefer to stick with the current theme or perhaps spruce up only part of the house?
If you own a beach rental, painting in hues of blue, beige and green are a great way to bring the outdoors inside. Try to stay away from neutral colors that give a “corporate” feel to your vacation rental. Be sure to bring the colors of the particular environment where your rental is located inside the home.
Another important decision to make is whether to paint the house yourself or hire a professional contractor to do it. Unless you have extensive experience with interior and exterior home painting, you will likely benefit from hiring a professional. Proper preparation and cleanup are essential aspects of painting a home in addition to the paint itself.
Don’t forget about your ceilings when repainting your home. Touch these up along with the walls to ensure the rooms are bright and cheerful.
Maintaining a high rate of residency is essential to owning a vacation rental home. Make sure that you keep people interested in yours by investing in a professional paint job for the interior and exterior of your rental property.