Paring down a house that you use to call home and turning it into a holiday rental can be daunting. Okay, so if you are a minimalist this process should be fairly easy, but for the rest of us it can all too often feel like you don’t know where to start.
First, you need to edit your home. This means streamlining your home to its essentials. Things that hold a particular sentimental value should not be in a holiday rental. While you hold value to those items, your guests may not, and, as a result, they could get lost, stolen or broken. Instead, pack them away so you know they will be safe.
If you are struggling to let things go then making three piles ‘NO’ ‘YES’ and ‘MAYBE’ can help with the decision making process. Anything that you put in the ‘NO’ pile will need to be sold, thrown away or given to charity, anything in the ‘YES’ pile is to keep in the house, and things in the ‘MAYBE’ pile need to be thought about just make sure that you don’t just put everything in the maybe pile!
Decluttering and organising your house is important when getting your rental ready. There are lots of tips and tricks out there if you are struggling with this process. Your main objective is to get things out of your home but that doesn’t mean just moving it from one room to another, just because you don’t know what to do with it. If you haven’t used it in 12 months you’re most likely not going to need it. You will be amazed at the amount of unused (and more often unneeded) things you have in your home.
Aim to only keep essential furniture pieces, as, when it comes to holiday rentals less is generally more. And if you are worried about how the place will look once all this stuff is gone, why not give your house a fresh coat of paint. This will make the place feel clean and fresh.