As we dive into this year’s fall season, we continue to focus on creating a healthy work-life balance. Many continue to work from home and search for a getaway where they can experience a new place while comfortably working from home. Upgrades to technology and improvement to in-home office spaces will help to boost off-season rental income. Let’s take a look at ways your home away from home can work harder for you year-round.
Upgrade Technology for Work, School, Play, and Overall Livability
Many of us are using vacation rentals for work and school now, so consider adding an office area with windows for ample breaks or nooks for laptops, and other electronic devices. Include the right lighting, an ergonomic office chair, a charging station, and extra cables and adapters, for both PC and Mac, as well as HDMI connections and ports for gaming and streaming systems. Your guests who inevitably forget their chargers will love you for thinking of them! Upgrade your WIFI so that it works lightning fast in every part of the home for online connections 24/7.
People travel with phones, laptops, and other electronics everywhere they go and that means that outlets are necessary to charge all those electronic devices. You might want to make upgrades and improvements to your electrical load, if necessary. Also, get your electrician to wire in extra outlets and consider having multiple charging stations that stay in the home permanently. Add them to kitchens, shared areas, and in bedrooms.
Add in gaming, streaming systems, premium subscriptions, flat-screen TVs, and surround sound for kids and adults who are big kids, too. Consider having multiple ones throughout the home in shared living spaces and bedrooms, so everyone has a choice for their movies and entertainment interests.
Visual Storytelling & Social Proofing Your Home
Whatever you do to your vacation rental home, think about how to tell a great story to your guests and potential visitors. Consider having one of our experts from Carolina Retreats come to your home to gather great photos and videos and for visual storytelling and social engagement and interest.
Carolina Retreats offers a full-service property management solution that includes dynamic pricing, a dedicated staff and experts who have years of real estate management experience and expertise, and our marketing and promotions, property care, premium guest services, and our comprehensive reporting and communication will maximize your vacation rental property income and ensure that you receive the right reports to generate the tax benefits.
Mike Harrington is the CEO & Owner of Carolina Retreats, a specialty lodging and vacation rental management firm serving more than 300 vacation property owners throughout the Cape Fear region. Before founding Carolina Retreats in 2015, Mike spent 10 years on the Outer Banks as CEO and General Manager of Resort Realty, a high end real estate sales and vacation rental company with 600 properties under management, five offices, and more than 100 full-time employees and real estate agents. Mike is a Past-President and Board Member of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA), the largest international trade association for the vacation rental industry, as well as Past-President for the North Carolina Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (NCVRMA). He is frequently asked to speak at seminars and trade conferences on the latest vacation rental management trends in marketing, operations, and strategy. Mike holds a MBA from East Carolina University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and serves as an Advisory Board member for East Carolina’s School of Hospitality Leadership.