Improve your vacation rental during the Coronavirus

We all know that during the COVID-19 pandemic we should stay home, but that does not mean that we cannot work to improve the look and value of our vacation rental. Use this time to maximize the value of your accommodation and be ready for the season once this pandemic ends. In the following text, we bring you tips on how to refresh and beautify your accommodation.

 

Be Imaginative

Paint the walls to refresh the space. Arrange the decorations, add some detail in a vibrant colour to enliven the space itself and to avoid having a monotonous interior. We recommend not putting too many unnecessary decorations, because less is always more. Present your guests with the details representing the destination showing them you care about their satisfaction and that you look out for details.

 

Be Personalized

Adding personality to space can be risky, so don’t think too hard. Start with what the guest might like. Include the necessary elements that the guest will need during their stay.

 

Be Your Own Guest

Experience your accommodation as if you were a guest. It can help identify which areas need to be repaired or simply improved. Sleep in a bed, take a shower and use bath towels. If space is dedicated solely to guests, try cooking in the kitchen to make sure everything works and you have all the tools you need. If you are unable to try this, ask your friends or family for help, because this is how you can find potential fixes you might not otherwise see.

 

Consider the following questions and take the time to improve your accommodation.

Are towels accessible?

Is the shower high/low enough for guests?

Do you have space near the front door where guests can leave things like keys, bags, or jackets?

Are basic resources available, such as cell phone charging sockets?

Are light switches easy to locate?

Are standard features like doors and windows functional and easy to use?

An experienced renter, Slavko Ćuk: Direct Booker made me a gentleman

When someone has 30 years of experience in the same business and doing it successfully, every advice coming from that kind of person is golden. Mister Slavko Ćuk is in private renting in Dubrovnik since the eighties of the last century.

“Those days, I was searching for the guests in every possible way – but mostly alone. I looked for them in front of the bus stations, campsites, hotels, even on the road with the sign in my hands … Through friend’s connections, acquaintances… But I was finding solutions.’

Still, he is not too nostalgic for the old times.

‘I wouldn’t do it that way anymore. People still call me and beg me to receive the guests. I simply tell them: Do it online, find a free date and book! It’s a nice thing to be a gentleman, though there is a tougher competition now. I can say that Direct Booker has done the right thing for me! ‘.

For success in business, he says, it is crucial that you love it, that nothing is difficult for you, but the experience is also very important.

‘You need to know how to treat people. I have a different approach for every nationality. For example, people here usually do not like Italians very much, especially those from the south, saying they are too loud. I welcome them, give them a bottle of wine, we chat, and I have never had any problems with them. The worst thing is to forbid something. The guest is always right, that’s tourism. ”

In so many years of work, he collected all kinds of stories. Some guests came for 15 years in a row, and some even met in his apartments and later married!

“They were two Napolitan girls, it was August, the weather was hot, and they were fearful because they couldn’t find a place … And I told them that I had a spare room, so they can come and see it. At the same time, there were two of my regular guests from Naples, who would usually stay for 40 days. And so, little by little, both Napolitans, they met, fell in love and eventually married. Now, when they are travelling, they stop by in Dubrovnik and always come back here, because here they have beautiful memories…’