What makes your Catskills Airbnb rental or Hudson Valley vacation rental different from the rest? Is it the spectacular views? The unique layout and decor? The proximity to some of the area’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions? If you can focus on making your home the best it can be, you’ll put yourself ahead of your competition in no time. In this guide, we’ll help you learn how to make your Catskills Airbnb rental or Hudson Valley vacation rental stand out from the rest by making it feel like home!
How to Make Your Catskills Airbnb Rental or Vacation Rental Stand Out from the Rest – Airbnb Management Tips Presented by ALLUVION VACATIONS – Hudson Valley’s Premiere Vacation Rental Management Company
Use Colorful Throw Pillows
The best way to bring color into your space is with throw pillows. A brightly colored pillow on a neutral couch makes a statement that you have a quirky and fun personality without overpowering your living room decor. This is also especially important for vacation rentals, as it helps you stand out from all of your competitors. The easier it is for people to find you and remember you, the more likely they are to book! Making every booking count in a competitive marketplace like ours takes some extra effort on our part, but being memorable doesn’t mean being loud; think subtlety and nuance instead. That’s where throw pillows come in handy!
Add Natural Elements
If you’re on a budget, but still want to bring in some natural elements, try finding nature photography prints on canvas. You can place these photos and prints around your space for an aesthetic that won’t break your bank. For a stunning visual effect without breaking out of your decorating budget, opt for textured greenery like ferns and plants, which give any space an updated chic look. If you’re going all-in on a modern rustic design, try incorporating modern light fixtures with exposed bulbs. While they may not be practical in every room of your home—such as a dining room—modern light fixtures are perfect for spaces like kitchens and living rooms where ambient lighting is more important than task lighting.
Maintain a Well-Kept Yard
A house that’s well-kept (i.e., free of dead weeds, overgrown grass, etc.) and featured in professional photography makes a strong first impression on vacationers and business travelers alike. Modern rustic decor is also important—you don’t want someone coming home expecting an ultra-modern contemporary design, only to see your rustic modern living room with its stone walls covered in tapestries and wood cutouts. And while you may not be able to afford $10,000 couches like some of these luxury rentals, you can still incorporate modern rustic touches into your Airbnb listing by using wooden accents throughout and mixing up materials like metal, glass, stone, canvas photo prints, and wood. You can even add a few modern elements for contrast by adding metal pendant lights over wooden tables or hanging metal wall art above a stone fireplace.
Let In Natural Light
The light streaming in through your kitchen/bedroom window is a luxury that most vacationers and renters don’t have, but you can make your rental stand out by bringing it inside and highlighting it with professional Airbnb photography. Whether you have simple window treatments or full-on French doors that open onto a deck, take close-up photos of them. The more natural light you let into your Airbnb listing photos, the more natural—and inviting—your listing will feel to a potential guest.
Brighten Up the Place With Quirky Wall Hangings
A wall tapestry, unusual piece of art, or quirky decoration can make a room pop. With an eye toward visual interest and detail, you can make your vacation rental’s entryway, bathroom, bedroom—or any other room you want—pop with minimal investment. Bring some personality into your home: It will attract renters! And who doesn’t love quirky? Check out fine art nature photography prints on canvas by Maxwell Alexander in our shop.
Add Greenery with Potted Plants
Be it as a coffee table centerpiece, tabletop, or simply one of many plants sprinkled throughout your space—some greenery is always a welcome addition to any home decor. Why? Well, beyond adding life and beauty to otherwise lifeless spaces, studies have shown that houseplants can also improve air quality by filtering out pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene. Not only does that make for healthier living conditions for you and your guests (or long-term tenants), but studies have also shown that residents who live in areas with lush vegetation tend to suffer less stress than those living in urban environments.