As Myrtle Beach vacation rental owners vie for continuous bookings at the topmost rates, it’s crucial to consider what guests expect—and the extra touches they so appreciate.
While these specifics change throughout the years, one thing’s for sure: Guests want the comforts of home plus amenities that help them unwind and forget about their hectic lives outside of your vacation property.
As property management experts, Vantage keeps up with the trends that make your vacation rental guests happy, spread the word and return to your property year after year. We’ve created a vacation rental management guide with suggestions and amenities that will help your property stand out.
A spotless space
We’re sure you already know that guests want their beach vacation rentals to be clean—but a reminder never hurts. Pro tip: Make your life easier and your guests even happier by hiring a professional cleaning service, or a property management company that uses one. Additionally, on your list of essential items should be standard cleaning supplies, such as disinfectants. Your guests will like having the ability to tidy up as they go.
For better or worse, lightning-fast internet is essential for many vacationers. Sure, renters want a sparkling ocean, warm sand beneath their feet and all the delicious local restaurants a Myrtle Beach vacation has to offer. They’re also excited to read all the articles they’ve saved, ignite a little FOMO by sharing pictures on social media and settle in to binge the newest show their friends have been raving about.
How do you ensure that speedy Wi-Fi? Get your own wireless router with some muscle. Sharing with the rest of your building will likely slow things up and annoy your guests.
When it comes to TVs, renters require at the very least the type of set-up they have in their daily lives. One—or more—flat-screen high-definition TVs is a must for your beach vacation rental property. So is a cable package that includes major network channels, as well as sports, news, movies, and lifestyle and kids’ shows.
Another staple of today’s TV experience is a streaming device. Investing in a smart TV or a Roku Streaming Stick is an easy way to offer guests just what they’re looking for. You could pay for a subscription to Amazon Prime Video or another of the many streaming choices for your renters to enjoy. If you want to score major points with families, add a video game console to the mix.
A vacation-quality sleep
An uninterrupted sleep is one of the best parts about vacation. No alarm to abide by. No work stress to dream about. A stellar mattress is key to making your renters feel calm. Of course, people have different mattress preferences, but investing in quality mattresses—think along the lines of memory foam—makes a big difference.
The same goes for linens, if you provide them. Make your Myrtle Beach vacation home really stand out by giving renters the softest sheets, fluffiest towels and a variety of pillows and snuggly blankets.
A kitchen like home—but better
Renters have different ideas of how to eat on vacation. Some prefer to go out, while others find cooking a delicious meal the ultimate form of relaxation. This is where you come in, by equipping your kitchen with plenty of cooking utensils, pots and pans galore and an abundance of silverware, dishes, mugs, cups and specialty cocktail glasses.
They also appreciate you going the extra mile to make their rental kitchen feel like home by including a coffee maker and coffee, a tea kettle with tea options and a blender for, well, anything!
To really impress your guests, consider investing in stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, for that luxurious feeling. And don’t forget to de-clutter your cabinets on a regular basis so renters have room to keep their own food.
Beach vacations in Myrtle Beach, SC, mean water. There’s nothing worse than arriving home with dripping bathing suits and damp towels and no place to hang them out to dry. An easy way to make your renters’ lives less hectic is to install sturdy towel bars and plentiful hooks in bathrooms, laundry rooms or anywhere except the balcony. That should be exclusively reserved for relaxation purposes.
Summertime is ice cold drinks, watching other vacationers stroll along the water’s edge and—if at all possible—grilling some steaks, burgers and fresh veggies. An outdoor area equipped for lounging, chatting and feasting is something renters count on when they’re staying at the beach.
Fun things to do, inside and out
People about to go on vacation pack plenty, but they can’t think of everything, especially when packing last-minute. Give your renters a vacation to remember by offering indoor and outdoor items they can use while staying at your property.
Consider lending books they can take to the beach or curl up with on a rainy day, along with playing cards, board games and binoculars so they can catch a glimpse of dolphins or birds.
For fun outdoor experiences your renters will love, think about items like paddleboards, kayaks, fishing poles or crabbing necessities. If you have a few spare bikes, even better!
What do renters want, especially when visiting a new place? Recommendations from a local. One idea is to put a welcome letter in a central location. Tell your renters about your top picks for restaurants in the North Myrtle Beach area, your favorite day trips, family outings they’ll adore and the takeout restaurants they just can’t pass up.
Basic and luxury items
Put yourself in your renters’ shoes. What essentials would you expect to see? Toilet paper and paper towels, of course. Hand soap, maybe even dishwashing and laundry soap.
What would make you ecstatic? Simple luxuries you might not expect—bubble bath, face masks, cozy robes, lotions and even flowers upon arrival.
Leaving on-the-go snacks, fruit and bottled water means a great deal to your guests. Just make sure they know these are gifts and not leftovers from past renters. None of this has to cost a lot of money—simply being thoughtful goes a long way.
What’s one of the most appreciated items? A few extra phone chargers!
The promise of communication
Most guests have a few questions before they arrive at your home. Or something might come up while they’re staying at your property. Make sure they know who to contact, how to reach their point of contact and that you or your property manager will respond quickly.
Partnering with a property management company is a great idea if you live far from your rental home or if you simply don’t want to be bothered in the middle of the night. (We understand!) Make sure the company is available 24/7 and has a record of extraordinary service.
Boost the appeal of your vacation rental property
There are more ways than we could possibly include in this guide to put your Myrtle Beach, SC, vacation home above the rest. It’s the Vantage team’s goal to assist vacation rental owners in providing the very best for their guests, thereby increasing your bookings and revenue. To find out more about how we can make your vacation rental property everything guests could want, contact us at 888-404-3110, option 4, or visit www.vantagemb.com/.
Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.