Halloween is almost here, which means the winter holiday season is fast approaching. Do you have plans to decorate your vacation rental? Even if you’ll be staying elsewhere for the holidays, it’s a good idea to deck the halls for your renters.
A real need for some holiday cheer
With all that's happened this year with COVID-19, many people are holding out hope that the holidays can be at least halfway festive. A decorated home can do wonders in that regard. They most likely booked your property for a much-needed change of scenery, so you would do well to provide the joyful backdrop they look forward to each year.
How to decorate your rental
While there are many secular aspects to the holiday season, there are also religious ones that are reflected in holiday décor and imagery. You may be inclined to decorate the property according to your own religious and/or secular preferences. But what about your renters? What aspects of the season might they be hoping to see?
To avoid making any assumptions or even offending renters when they see that their preferred holiday is not represented in the décor, it might be best to simply go with neutral winter décor. Snowmen? Check. Pine cones and snowflakes? Absolutely. Transform the place into a nondenominational winter wonderland to set the mood of the season.
Of course, half the fun of holiday decorating for many people is doing it with family and friends. So while you have primed the canvas with wintry décor, perhaps have some key items like an artificial Christmas tree with lights or a menorah and candles tucked away for your guests to display as they see fit. You might recommend that they bring along their own, but be sure to offer clear renter's guidelines about how they can decorate so as not to damage walls or create fire hazards with illuminated Christmas trees.
If you have renters who are planning to stay for an extended period of time during the holidays, you might want to coordinate with them to get a sense of their preferences. Once you know which holiday they celebrate, you can decorate the home yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Some people love the idea of decorating but not the act of it, so you might find renters will be willing to pay more to rent a place that's already got it done.
More than just aesthetics
Decorating a vacation rental is about more than just curb appeal or creating a warm and welcoming interior for your tenants. It’s also about practicality -- namely security. If you haven’t booked your rental for the entirety of the holiday season, your undecorated property will stand out like a sore thumb among the other homes on the block. That's a welcome sign to burglars, who will show up ready to take a lot more than a handful of Halloween candy.
This doesn’t mean that you have to TP your own tree to get in the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Nor do you have to break the budget with holiday decorations and yards of twinkle lights. But even a bare minimum of cheer is an indicator that someone has been at the house recently and keeping an eye on it regularly.
The Millionacres bottom line
As a dismal year comes to a close, many people are hoping the holidays can restore some cheer. Whether you give them a good fright this Halloween or warm their hearts with festive holiday cheer, your efforts to decorate your vacation rental will go a long way with your guests.