Equipping a Self Catering Property (Furnished Holiday Letting)
Thinking of investing in vacation rental real estate? This article provides tips about equipping your property which will make life easier when it comes to managing it.
This article provides details of the furnishing and equipment for a furnished holiday let apartment or self catering property. As well as describing what to provide in the property, there are tips as to how make life easier for whoever is looking after the property.
Please note when furnishing a property you must adhere to the Furniture and Fire Safety Regulations. The Department for Business and Regulatory Reform has a quick facts page on the Furniture Flammability Regulations Quick Facts.
Sofabed & Sofa/chairs: there should be seating for the number of people the flat can sleep
SideTable, coffee table or nest of tables
TV, DVD player, broadband or wifi
Cushions, prints, rugs, accessories (vases)
Books, DVDs and games can be provided for the odd rainy day
Broadband and wifi are popular because many people like to work, access email etc whilst away from home.
Upholstered furnishings must comply with the Furnishing (Fire) Safety Regulations 1988. This applies to furnishings that have been upholstered (ie: mattress, couch, cushions). All new furniture comes with a label verifying its safety. If you choose to use second-hand (or used) furniture, ensure that it has the appropriate fire-safety labels attached to it.
Dining table and chairs to seat the number of people the flat will sleep (the dining table can be a table with leaves that fold down to minimise the space it takes in the room)
Crockery, wine glasses, juice glasses and cutlery for the number of people the flat will sleep
Place mats and coasters
Tip: Treat crockery and glasses as consumables and expect the odd breakage. Have a spare set. IKEA is good and cheap.
Kitchen Oven, hob, extractor fan
Fridge or Fridge freeze
Saucepan set,frying pan
Cafetiere, Teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl
Can Opener, Cork Screw and Bottle Opener
Basic set of kitchen utensils e.g. Kitchen knives, Vegetable peeler, Grater
Serving dishes, fruit bowls
Mop, Bucket, Broom, Dustpan and brush
Washing up brushes and dishcloths, T-towels
Fire extinguisher and fire safety blanket
Tip: The kitchen appears to be used mostly for drinks, storing snacks and breakfast with the toaster being used lots, etc. Washing machines are often requested and rarely used. Make cleaning equipment visible if you want people to use it
Mattress covers and duvets to cater for all the bed combinations.
Pillows and pillow protectors: 2 for each person the property will sleep
Bed linen and Towels
Sheets for each bed size
Pillow cases for each pillow
Wardrobes and hangars
Bedside lights for each bed (or side of bed)
Sets of drawers
Radio Alarm Clock
Tip: Short term let properties do not need lots of clothes storage. People do not normally carry a full wardrobe of clothes! Single beds that can be arranged as doubles increases the flexibility of your property making it attractive to a wider market. Duvets a size larger than the bed (e.g. double duvets on single beds or king size duvets on double beds feel luxurious) A travel cot can be useful. Duvet covers for each duvet size
Tip: Have at least 2 sets of bedding for every possible bed combination (e.g. 4 singles, 2 king size sets for twin beds that cab be combined to make a king sized double) so that a set can be washed while the other set is in use. Similarly have 2 sets of towels for the maximum number of people the property can accommodate: so if it sleeps 4 have 8 sets of towels. Fitted sheets make it easier to make the beds up during the changeover. Ironed bedding provides a good look and feel.
Bathroom Towel rail
Toilet brush for each toilet
Toilet roll holder
Bin (preferably covered)
Tip: The bathroom is important and used lots, make sure it looks good and is hard wearing. Most visitors prefer showers to baths, of course it is best if you could provide both. Ensure that the showers are protected properly from water dripping outside of it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author: Janet Unsworth. Janet is a partner in a holiday letting company which provides short term self catering accommodation in Edinburgh. Edinburgh self catering apartments are available in a range from budget to luxury accommodation which can be booked for anything from a few days to a few months. You can see the properties with photographs, their location, prices and availability at http://www.edinburgh-flats.com/ where you can book on-line. If you'd like more information, call Janet on 0044 789 420 5600.