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How to Decorate Your Vacation Rental Property

Your vacation rental may be a secondary property, but for dozens of families throughout the summer, it is a long awaited, much anticipated home away from home. Guests are looking for a family photo worthy, vacation proof space for a lifetime of memories. Offer the right space and they’ll be ready to return “home” for their next vacation! Make sure you furnish and decorate with the guest in mind.


  • Choose furniture built to last
    • There is going to be a lot of foot traffic in your property (thanks to the great team at Wild Dunes Resort), so make sure you choose furniture that can handle some wear and tear.
  • Hang art on the walls in every room
    • Bare walls are boring. Brighten the place up with some art on the walls. It doesn’t have to be Monet, just something that goes with your furniture to add some life and color.
  • Curtains or window treatments on all windows
    • Guests need privacy at times, and often that much needed R&R also means sleeping in after sunrise. Offer light blocking window treatments to deliver the comfort your guests want and need.
  • Provide good lighting
    • You want to assume that the sun’s natural light will magically flow into every room of your home, but that is not always the case. Make sure there’s lots of good lighting throughout.
  • Remove your personal items
    • Personal toiletries, clothing, jewelry, family photos, and any items you would rather other people not use.
  • Fresh, neutral paint
    • The quickest fix to sprucing up the place? A fresh, neutral coat of paint.


  • Plenty of space and storage
    • The more counter and pantry space, the better.
  • Necessary appliances
    • Microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker. Bonus points for blender, toaster, teapot, and waffle iron. These are commonly requested items that can help to make someone’s stay.
  • Good collection of cookware and plateware
    • No one wants to pack kitchen wares. Provide plenty of plates, bowls, cups, and utensils for the occupancy promised. Be sure to include pots, pans, baking sheets, colanders, measuring cups, and cooking utensils. These guests are in their home away from home, so expect that their needs won’t change on vacation.
  • Basic cooking items
    • Salt, pepper, oil, flour, sugar, spices. Bonus points for honey, condiments, and herbs.
  • Cleaning supplies
    • If you equip your guests to keep the house clean during their stay, they will do just that. The added cleaning will do wonders to help your house stay in tip-top shape. A broom, dustpan, mop, vacuum, dish soap, dishwasher tabs, wipes, paper towels, sponges, and all-purpose cleaner are great staples.

Living Room

  • Enough seating and space for everyone
    • The families and friends staying in your property love each other, but probably don’t want to sit on top of each other. Make sure you offer sufficient, even movable seating that all guests can enjoy.
  • Area rug
    • A neutral, durable area rug makes the room pop (and helps control sand from the beach.)
  • Top notch TV with cable
    • Does your TV still have a back or antenna? It’s time to upgrade. Consider HD and even offering upgraded cable and streaming packages. Rainy days happen at the beach, and guests depend on indoor amenities to bring the fun inside.
  • Additional sleeping space
    • Consider making one of the sofas pull out. Or even offer a blow up mattress for more guests. This is a great selling point for the Wild Dunes Resort reservations team!


  • Bedding package
    • The Wild Dunes Resort bedding package ensures that you always have the best looking beds. Guests love crisp white sheets because it showcases just how sparkling clean everything is. This neutral look in photos has proven to drive more bookings in our unit case studies.
  • Provide extra pillows, blankets, and linens
    • Your guests are going to be staying for a while. Make sure they’re comfortable.
  • Bedside table with lamp
    • A bedside table with a lamp really completes the bedroom and is a great convenience that is easily overlooked.
  • Fans
    • Your rental property is in the south. Who doesn’t love a cool breeze after a day in the sun? Be sure to install ceiling fans, and consider equipping closets with extra oscillating fans.
  • TV options
    • Not required, but guests really appreciate having a bedroom TV, at least in the master bedroom.


  • Extra towels and toilet paper
    • You never know what you have until it’s gone. Don’t let that happen to your guests – start them off with a well-stocked bathroom.
  • Soaking tub option
    • A nice touch, at least in the master bathroom.
  • Full length mirror
    • You should have at least one of these in your home somewhere.
  • First aid kit
    • Accidents happen, and people rarely remember to pack band aids and other first aid essentials. They will really appreciate your preparedness.


  • Pool or hot tub
    • There is nothing better than coming back from the beach and hopping into a crystal clear pool or soaking in a bubbling hot tub. This great feature will easily rent out your home.
  • Durable patio furniture
    • People are going to spend a lot of time outside during their trip, give them a great place to sit while they’re out there. Make sure it can stand the weather’s wear and tear.
  • Green lawn and manicured foliage
    • Curb appeal matters. Make a good first impression when your guests pull up to your home with a great yard.
  • Fresh paint
    • The quickest fix to sprucing up the place? A fresh coat of paint.
Want to rent your property through Wild Dunes Resort? Contact our property management sales manager, Robert Baker, at 843.886.2158 or today!
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