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Simple Steps to Improve your Home

Whether you’re a home owner with a second property that you are considering to market as a holiday let or are simply looking to update the interior of your own home, there are a few simple tips you can follow to give your property the wow factor.

Quality furnishings and fittings that are well co-ordinated will help to create a comfortable and homely atmosphere. Fitted rather than freestanding kitchen units will always look crisp and are great for smaller living spaces. We also recommend you consider adding other items such as good quality matching crockery, glassware and cutlery which are free from scratches, chips and cracks – perfect for dinner parties and impressing guests with your eye for detail.

What you would do in your own home isn’t always the rule of thumb for your holiday let. Though we all make the necessary checks on our homes to ensure everything is running smoothly, it is important that you check every room thoroughly in-between guests or every few weeks. If you get feedback from previous guests, act quickly to make any suggested improvements because if they’ve noticed something that isn’t quite right, the chances are that future guests will too. For instance, check how the bed looks and feels in the bedroom – it might be time to change the mattress or to invest in some new sheets for your next guests. Rearranging furniture or adding a new rug or dressings in a room can also help change it up and give your property a boost.

As they say ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ which applies to all areas of living. A clear space not only helps reduce stress at home but keeping your property well maintained can do a lot for positive reviews. Reducing clutter and cleaning those harder to reach places can breathe new life into your living space. A slick of paint can also transform a room so if you feel your walls are looking a little tired, consider a quick touch up or introducing a feature wall.

For holiday let owners, providing a simple breakfast starter pack including locally sourced bread, milk, coffee and eggs is a nice touch that helps make guests’ lives easier and an information book helps inform guests about the area. Naturally, a complimentary bottle of wine for the evening is always welcome too. It’s amazing how much thoughtful touches like these can increase the likelihood of your guests re-booking or recommending your property to others.

Taking care of your garden is also a must. Whether you like to entertain or just relax by yourself in the summer, having a freshly cut garden or clean patio can make the world of difference to the overall look of your home. Cleaning the barbecue, garden furniture and tending to weeds will ensure your garden is in top shape, especially when you’ve taken such care and attention on the interiors. If you have the space to play with, you could even think of adding a hot tub for some added luxury. Not only is it great for relaxing and for when you have guests to stay, at cottages.com it’s one of the highest searched terms for holiday makers which means it is a worthwhile investment if you’re considering letting your property.

These improvements can suit any budget and remember that you don’t have to tackle everything in one go. Take your time deciding on what needs doing and sort it by priority and the length of time it will take.

This blog was provided by Stephen Boucher from Cottage.com