Many conversations have taken place regarding ‘necessities’ for our future tenants, aka Our Guests, and I wanted to send you a note to be sure that I elaborate a little more in detail about some of the questions I have received regarding towels, bedding & linens, and what our Guests’ expectations might be.
Let’s bear in mind that our Guests are spending top dollar to rent our homes, and we need to be sure that we deliver a top quality service during their stay.
Research has shown that towels alone make a huge difference. In August/09, Homeaway stated “The travelers loved staying in vacation rentals (cabins, condos, cottages, etc.), but have had some bad experiences with towels at various vacation properties. According to the travelers, towels make a big difference in the quality of their stay.”
I don’t suggest you buy the most expensive towels, nor do I suggest you purchase the least costly. Look for sales and be sure to have good quality towels, that are long lasting towels, this way they won’t fray, thin out after 1 wash nor will the dye run. You can pay $10/towel, and feel confident that you have a good product. All department stores will carry good inventory to select from, but again, as I mentioned during our appointments, you can never go wrong with Costco who always seem to carry excellent products, at an affordable price, and you can be sure the towels will be a good size as well.
Make sure to have at least two bath towels, two hand towels, and four washcloths per guest. If your property sleeps a maximum of eight people, you need to have at least 16 bath towels, 16 hand towels, and 32 washcloths. Let’s face facts, your guests are probably going to use washcloths to remove makeup and your housekeeper is going to have to throw them out almost after every guest. I recently saw a pack of 18 washcloths, multi colored, for sale at Walmart for $4.00. A great deal. If you prefer, you may purchase a box of Non Allergenic, Non Frangant wipes (sealed) for make up removal and save your facecloths.
Please do not run out now to purchase anything at this early stage. Wait until you have a confirmed reservation, and know that 50% of your deposit is already in the Brokers Trust account.
As for Bedding, it’s nice to have clean crisp sheets, and nice comforters or blankets. A comforter or Duvet cover atop the sheets is always a must.
HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT BED:
Here are two clips that I thought might be useful
http://youtu.be/xeL-dSKHDos / (Compliments of The Pottery Barn)
http://youtu.be/3sjCxRsJEiY / (Compliments of IDS)
You might ask, “What kinds of sheets should I purchase?” – Well, there are a number of good sheets, but an Egyptian Cotton with 300 threat count or more, comes up during all my searches as a very good option. Be sure you purchase sheets that are wrinkle free… you don’t want to have to iron them.
Definitely NO satin & NO silk sheets, those would not be suitable.
The worst possible thing that can happen, which we do not want to experience, is we receive a complaint from your guests regarding bedding, towels or linens. We would have to go out and purchase linens and/or beddings and charge this to your account.
Once again, as I mentioned during your listing appointment, please DO NOT spend any money now for linens or bedding, wait until you have a confirmed reservation with the deposit funds already in the bank.
Another tip, please remember to budget for more than the usual quantity of standard household goods for items such as toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags and soap.
I would also like to remind you to leave your bathroom and kitchen cleaning supplies beneath your sinks or in your laundry room if that’s your preferred location.. … if our Guests make a mess, we want to allow them the opportunity to clean it up.
In closing, remember that a successful vacation rental is a clean vacation rental, and that takes work.
Realty ONE Group
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