JUL 08 2022
Creating the Space Your Rental Guests Will Love
Whether it’s a summer house, B&B, or multi-unit building where units share common areas, owning rental properties can be more than an opportunity for extra income. It can be a second chance to create a different design feel than you have at home, to create another space you love.
There is one difference. At home, you are the primary audience. With a rental property, your outdoor space must keep your guests in mind.
This may mean additional, or more versatile pieces; you may need to accommodate larger family groups in your conversation settings, or you could need picnic tables near a fire-pit instead of just chairs.
Vacation or Long Term?
The first thing to consider is whether you’re looking for a vacation rental or a long-term lease. People looking to rent long term are likely to be more particular about form and function. They want to be sure the outdoor furniture on the property will be welcoming to themselves, their family, and their guests throughout the year. Your job is to make sure they see the versatility, appeal, and comfort they want and need. That’s why you’ll want Highwood outdoor furniture. With the look and feel of real wood, it lends a sense of permanence to your property and will be quite appealing in marketing photos as you seek out—or even compete for—tenants.
Further visual appeal can be created with the strategic use of property enhancing pieces such as Highwood’s benches and planters along walls and walkways. If you’re renting out a house with a porch, there is nothing like one of our swings to help prospective tenants envision long, lazy afternoons waving at the neighbors.
And for the ultimate in renter-attracting fun, set your swing inside a Highwood pergola. A pergola can provide shade, set off a space, be a play area for children or a set-apart space for conversation. Either way, the sight of a pergola in a showing or listing lets your prospect know your space is special.
Consider Your Location
Another thing to consider is your location. Are you in an area where it rains frequently? You might want to consider dining and picnic tables with umbrellas, such as any of our Highwood dining sets. Or if the nights are chilly, consider our Classic Westport Adirondack Fireside Set around the firepit. With six chairs, three tables, and ottomans, guests will have plenty of room for their own families and visitors.
If the forecast includes long stretches of sunny days, however, you’ll want our classic Adirondack Chairs, with matching Adirondack ottomans so your guests can stretch out and enjoy the rays. And if your place is on the beach or somewhere with a view, you’ll want to place a Highwood rocking chair or two with just the right viewpoint to take your guests to their happy places.
Who Do You Want to Attract?
Depending on the size and location of your property, you may want to market to different audiences. If it’s small, you may seek guests who are looking for a couple’s getaway. If it’s larger, you may be looking for a family or group of friends. Choose your outdoor furniture accordingly. A couple, for example, might appreciate the Classic Westport 4 ft Outdoor Garden Bench with room for two. A large family or group of friends, however, would appreciate our conversation sets or our Commercial Grade “National” Picnic Table.
If your rental is in a building with balconies and a view, you have an opportunity to create a special area for your tenants. A Lehigh 3 pc Counter Height Balcony Set will let them see over the top of the balcony and enjoy the surroundings. It will be a tenant-beckoning feature for sure!
Especially if your rental is far away from you, upkeep is a concern. Time is money, after all, so you’ll really appreciate the benefits of Highwood’s proprietary material, which needs to be washed with a hose once a year (at most) to keep it looking good as new. And while it looks like real wood, our poly lumber is weather-resistant, so there is no need for you or your tenants to pull the products indoors and out of an impending storm. It’s also impervious to everything from ocean air and sand to salt water and sun, and it’s durable enough to last for years to come.
Color and Style
With an assortment of colors and styles, you can be sure to create a unique and appealing space that your tenants will love. And with Highwood furniture in your photos, you’re sure to give your rental that extra appeal!
What is your favorite furniture item that you have at your rental property? We want to hear about it in the comments below!