Your rental is ready. You’ve decorated the living room, stocked the kitchen, and set up the bedrooms with your guests’ comfort in mind. You’ve done everything to make each renter’s stay perfect.
You’ve thought of everything else – but have you considered your outdoor space? While many owners don’t, guests certainly do.
No matter how beautiful your house is inside, any rental could benefit from a relaxing outdoor area – and creating the perfect oasis goes far beyond a simple table and chair setup.
In almost every climate, renters appreciate the ability to sit outside and take in the scenery and fresh air on their vacation. By providing the right amenities and making their outdoor experience a comfortable one, you’ll be setting yourself apart from the competition and setting your rental up for a stellar review.
If you’re wondering where to start, look no further. We’re breaking down exactly how to create the perfect outdoor sanctuary, along with some tips to tailor it to your particular space.
Provide Comfortable Seating
A big part of creating an amazing outdoor atmosphere is giving people somewhere to sit and enjoy the view! That said, just tossing some chairs on the deck may not have the desired effect. To really please your guests, you’ll need to look closely at your outdoor area and select seating that is both practical and comfortable.
Does your deck get a lot of sun? You may want to rethink using dark colors and metal. Are you in an area that gets a lot of rain? Wooden furniture and certain cushions might not be your best bet.
All outdoor areas, however, can enjoy the benefits of certain seating features. Waterproof cushions, for instance, are a great way to provide comfort while giving your space a little decorative flair. Moreover, a cushion both on the seat and the back can provide protection from chairs that have been heated by the sun.
It is also a good idea to diversify your seating. Upright chairs are great for eating and lounging, but the addition of a reclining seat is the perfect way to let your guests really unwind in the great outdoors.
One last thing: when selecting your various chairs and loungers, be sure to keep your rental’s occupant capacity in mind. You wouldn’t want some of your guests feeling left out!
Make Outdoor Dining Simple
People love to eat outside, so if you have the space to create a dining area in your outdoor oasis, your guests will definitely thank you.
Providing a grill is an excellent way to inspire people to enjoy some outdoor dining, while making cooking delicious meals simple and accessible. Adding a bar is another great way to create a memorable outdoor area. Even a small bar with a mini fridge will not only encourage people to make use of the space but will also help them easily enjoy the area longer.
It’s also a good idea to stock your shelves with some outdoor-friendly dishes. Providing designated plastic items such as pitchers, glasses, and plates will keep your indoor dishes safe from harm and will allow your guests to relax knowing that they are eating off of durable dishes which an accidental drop won’t shatter.
Give Guests a Place to Escape the Elements
In sunny destinations, it’s nice to be able to enjoy a cool breeze outdoors without worrying about a sunburn. In cooler temperatures, sitting outside and listening to the rain could be just what the doctor ordered – but it becomes less enjoyable when you’re getting soaked in the process.
Providing shade and shelter outdoors will let your guests relax in comfort and provide protection for your outdoor furniture and decor.
If your space comes with a built-in cover, great! If not, there are plenty of ways to provide some shade to both large and small areas.
For more targeted shade, try selecting a table with an umbrella feature. Find one that’s retractable, so guests can choose to use them as desired. For tables without an umbrella feature, a side umbrella may be just the thing. Guests can place it beside the table while eating or easily move it to other areas to enjoy the scenery and stay out of the weather.
If you have a larger outdoor space, you may want to consider adding an awning. There are multiple types of awnings, which can either be fastened to walls or stand alone. While stand-alone awnings tend to be more difficult to move, they are a great way to keep a certain area shaded for long periods. Wall awnings, however, are generally retractable and take up no ground room, meaning you won’t have to sacrifice any space to use them effectively.
Create a Little Ambiance
Now that your space is furnished, it’s time to get into the fun part: ambiance. Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some beautiful decor! In fact, decorating in the outdoors allows you to incorporate some fun elements that would be impractical (or impossible) in the house.
To make your outdoor space feel even more luxurious, pay attention to your lighting. Fairy lights and candles are wonderful ways to set the tone, and can be easily put into any space.
Who doesn’t love cozying up to a crackling fire? A fire pit is a great way to provide light and warmth while giving your oasis an upscale feel. And since many fire pits are portable, so you won’t need completely remodel to incorporate one.
Another fun way to provide ambiance is to install a water feature. You can fit one into most areas, since they come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re beautiful to look at. If you’re prepared to invest a little more, a small pond or a waterfall can both give your space a natural, outdoorsy feeling while keeping with the tone your decor has set.
Don’t Forget About Vegetation
Your outdoor space may be complete, but what about the most obvious element: your greenery? If your outdoor space includes a yard or garden, keeping it well-landscaped will turn that area into your guests’ favorite “room” of the property.
If you have a smaller outdoor space like a deck, or simply live in an area that’s less than lush, you can still create a garden-like feel with some potted trees, bushes, or flowers. If you’re in a desert area, try succulents or other hardy species that provide a pop of green without needing constant watering.
Speaking of which: it’s wise for owners in all areas to consider which sorts of plants you will feature. As your home will (hopefully!) often be rented and most guests wouldn’t enjoy a daily plant-watering drop-in, you’ll need to plan accordingly. No one likes browning plants, so choose species that can stand up to a week or so of neglect between bookings.
Plants that naturally grow in your region are a great choice. They are well-tuned to the climate and will therefore be less difficult to maintain. If, however, you’d like to feature more delicate or demanding plants, or simply have a spacious lawn that needs attention, automatic sprinklers or misters are smart ways to ensure they are getting the water they need while your rental is occupied.
There you have it! Your perfect outdoor oasis is just a few thoughtful touches away. What elements have you incorporated into your vacation rental’s outdoor area? Got any tips on touches your guests have loved?
Got a guest-ready rental? Let’s get some guests in the door! Evolve has an entire team dedicated to helping you field inquiries, vet guests, and make bookings – and we’d love to help you get your best year of rental income yet. You can see exactly how we help owners get the most out of their properties here, or call one of our Homeowner Consultants at 877-881-7584.