Renters want to eat well, sleep well, and relax while on vacation at the beach. You can help provide an escape that exceeds expectations by offering the most desirable amenities. It’s the very good and remarkably bad experiences that are shared with friends and in online reviews. We want to make sure that it’s the great times they are telling everyone about. This list was compiled with the experiences shared by guests who had an exceptional vacation. Be sure to update us on your continual improvements so that we can update our descriptions, HD Photos, Floorplans, and Virtual Tours on social media - Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
TVs, Internet, & Technology
Even being in the Pawleys Island paradise doesn't take renters away from their connected devices. A recent survey determined that 83% of guests check their email while on vacation? You don’t want to miss out because a family member is unable to work or a teenager was not able to complete schoolwork. Reliable Internet Access is a must and Secure Wifi is important to many guests. Smart TVs with large screens are expected in as many rooms as possible. DVD players with Blu-ray are also still suggested for families that like to bring movies to help entertain the kids. Surround Sound Systems with Bluetooth access are very affordable and appreciated by your renters.
Who has the room to pack all of the kid stuff in their car that is needed for a beach vacation? Portable Crib, High Chair, Pack and Play, Baby Gates, and Bed Rails are all very helpful to families with younger children. This is a very cost effective way to attract more people to choose your house over other options.
Games – Bocce, Horseshoes, Frisbee Sand Toys – beach bucket, shovel Boogie Boards, Floats, Rafts These are all nice things to have for your renters. You will likely find that at the end of a busy summer that you may have acquired extra items like beach chairs that renters did not have room in the car to take home. Outside storage for these things is suggested as well.
Decorations, Furniture, & Appliances
Annual Spring Clean is a must! A Fall clean after the busy rental season is strongly encouraged as well. Bathrooms should be clean, clutter free and have no personal supplies. Even the color coordinated bath mats can be put away until your family returns. Central A/C – multiple units. If window units are the only option, we also suggest a plumbed dehumidifier. Clutter Free Closets and Drawers are important for renters to store personal items. Comfortable Living Room Furniture to seat the capacity – wicker is rarely comfortable! Fans – overhead, tabletop or box fans are all a nice touch. Keep color schemes “light and airy”. Guests want open spaces and no clutter. Personal Touch – a few family photos etc... Don’t overdo it though. Large Screen TVs. Take any box TVs to the recycling center. Vacuum cleaners for every level of the property are helpful. White Furniture is hard to clean and Sunbrella Fabrics are a great idea. Multiple Washers, Dryers and Dishwashers are a guest's dream.
Kitchen & Bar Should Be Well Equipped
Stainless steel appliances, large capacity refrigerators with a quality icemaker, solid surface countertops like granite and quartz are the standard. A collection for your favorite beach recipes from Pawleys Island and surrounding areas Cookbooks from our area Cooking gadgets like – juicer, garlic press, waffle maker, Panini press, Mortar & Pestle, etc... Crock Pot Extra Blender Extra Dishwasher Extra Icemaker Extra Refrigerator/ Freezer Herbs and Spices (dated and refreshed annually) Gourmet Appliances – if you have high-end equipment be sure to let us know to advertise Quality Kitchen Knives and sharpener
According to the Travel Industry Association, 14% of all American adults have traveled with a pet at some point in the past three years and the numbers are steadily increasing. HOA rules limit this to houses only throughout the Pawleys Island area. It is a great way to get more rentals per year and more rent per week! Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island both require owners and renters to follow applicable leash laws for all pets.
Porch, Deck, Outside
Grill - gas or charcoal is ok, with cooking and cleaning utensils. Good deck furniture and tables for the whole family to enjoy. Quality Rocking Chairs are always enjoyable. Several Large Trash Cans. Guests also frequently ask about recycling services. Pool – big ticket item, and will attract more renters and allow for significantly more rent.
Rainy Day Activities
We recommend setting up a separate game room or bedroom so the kids have their own space. Book & Magazine Library – encourage guests to take a paperback with them and leave a new one Board Games – Classics like Checkers, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit are some of our favorites DVD Library Decks of Cards & card table Foosball (with extra balls) Pool Table - kids will be the main users so don't buy a high-end table with an expensive top. Ping-pong table- with plenty of paddles and balls. (The humidity will warp the table.)
Beds & Capacity
Capacity - While we do not encourage setting up your property as a boarding house, it does make economic sense to maximize your space to appeal to more potential guests. This can be accomplished by adding a comfy sofa bed, thick futon or a trundle bed to guest rooms or living areas. Keep in mind that alternative sleeping options are not as comfortable for adults, and are therefore intended for kids. Example - By increasing the capacity of a 3 bedroom condo from 6 to 8 you now accommodate two couples with two kids each.
Regarding Bedding Options - Sleeping arrangements are one of the first things that guests look at when choosing where to vacation. Rentals with larger beds and quality mattresses often book first. A week of great sleep on a good mattress will encourage repeat business. Use mattress pads and pillow protectors when possible.
King - 76 x 80 inches: A must for anyone that sleeps in a king at home. More large beds are better. Queen - 60 x 80 inches: Queens are just the right size for most adult couples and always spacious and comfortable than a full. They are only recommended if there is not space for a king. Full – 54 x 75 inches: Also known as a double, they are too small for most couples to sleep comfortably and take up too much room for one person. They are both shorter than and not as wide as kings. The only time we would consider a full is if there will be two in a bedroom in place of twins. Twin - 39 x 75 inches: Also known as a single. They require less space than other options and are good for children. Extra-long twins provide an additional 5 inches if adults will be using them to sleep. Bunk - A great way to add capacity to a small bedroom. Consider two sets of bunks in a room that is designated for kids. Be sure to include the safety bars and a ladder to get in the top bed. Sofa Sleeper/ Futon - Available in various mattress sizes, they are a great way to add additional capacity without needing extra space. Adults will say these are more comfortable for sitting than sleeping. Trundle/Daybed - Another good option to add capacity in smaller rooms for children. They are available in all sizes from King to Single. Daybeds will also provide daytime seating as a couch. Murphy Bed - Also known as wall-beds, they are available in any size and are more comfortable than other alternatives. The best thing is that they do not require additional space.
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