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With bookings for a summer of staycations increasing, now is the best time to make sure your Dorset property is staycation ready. With bookings increasing, just last week by 126% (pre-pandemic) as stated by our parent company Sykes Holiday Cottages, there has never been a more perfect time to holiday let your property with a reputable company.
Read our top tips on how to make sure your property is ready for the influx of guests heading your way!
First impressions count for everything. The first thing guests will see first is the garden and exterior of the property. With spring on the way, it’s a great time to book some time aside to trim hedgerows, plant bulbs and mow the lawn. If your property is dog-friendly, make sure to double check any lawn treatments and that the plants are suitable for animals.
If your property is rendered, now is the time to refresh the paintwork. A simple lick of paint will also work wonders on doors and fences.
That first moment your guests swing open the front door will set the tone for their entire stay. Ensure your property has been deep cleaned from top to tail including little seen areas such as blinds and the top of wardrobes. Dream Cottages offer full managed services and partly managed services, so give us a call to discuss your property requirements in plenty of time.
As a holiday let property, your appliances and furniture have probably suffered a lot of wear and tear. Now is a good time to replace any items in need of repairing or to future proof your existing assets. Adding new cushions or injecting a new colour into your property will make it shine.
As a nation of dog-lovers, the most searched for terms alongside staycation is dog-friendly holidays. If you’re not currently allowing pets into the property, now is a great time to consider changing that as it could make all the difference to your bookings. Adding items such as a dog bed, water bowls, treats and a towel for walks are all lovely touches to include.
Hot tubs are a perfect garden feature but they do require a lot of maintenance. Log burners are also a popular feature but again require annual chimney sweeps. When installing such features, bear in mind the ongoing upkeep vs guest bookings. You could install more interactive features such as a hedgehog house if your property is in a rural area. If you’re by the coast, another huge search term for staycations, you could add a telescope to your garden for stargazing.
If your looking to holiday let your property but unsure of who to turn to, talk to us – The Dorset Experts. This summer we’re all going to making the most of our time so why stress yourself when we can do it all for you? Join over 350 property owners who we make holiday letting their property a dream. Talk to us today, download your free owner pack.