Make your property stand out with local amenities!

Make your property stand out with local amenities!
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Turning your vacation home into a profitable short-term rental property isn’t easy, especially in crowded rental markets like Destin. So you’ve got to put some effort into making your property stand out from other rentals by giving your guests something extra. So how exactly do you make your listing stand out from the pack? Amenities!

The best amenities give your guests a taste of the area and its uniqueness. That’s why you should incorporate as many local extras as you can. Of course, that little something extra will impress your guests and encourage them to get out into the area and try local vendors and support small businesses in the area.

Decorate with work from local artists in Destin
The art scene here in Destin and the surrounding area is lovely. There are plenty of incredible art festivals each year, including art month in May in Walton. There are several local galleries in Destin featuring work from amazing artists. Check out these local galleries here in Destin to find artwork for your property.

Stock your property with all the water toys for a trip to Crab Island
Crab Island is an incredible travel experience. This former island is now a sandbar in the gulf outside Destin. People take boats, paddleboards, floaties, and even wave runners out to the sandbar and enjoy the beautiful tranquil waters. There are floating bars and food vendors, and even inflatable playgrounds so the whole family can play. The water is only a few feet deep, so you can easily walk around and enjoy the day. You need to pay attention to the tide schedule as it’s best to go during high tide. Watch this video to learn more.

You can help make your guests’ trip to Crab Island a success by adding water toys like paddleboards, floaties, or even boat rental access to your listing. You could also reach out to local boat and water toy rental companies to arrange a discount for your guests. Access to amenities like that as part of the rental agreement will make your property stand out.

Visit the Grand Boulevard Farmer’s Market to make locally-sourced gift baskets
A charming gift basked with locally sourced produce, and artisan gifts is an excellent way to make your guests feel extra welcome and earn a five-star rating. The Grand Boulevard Farmer’s Market is a great place to find fresh produce, local honey, award-winning cheeses, butter, and incredible preserves. There’s even fresh seafood, crab cakes, meat, and eggs—basically, anything you want to put in your gift basket you can find at the Farmers Market. A locally-sourced gift basket may even inspire your guests to visit the market.

Don’t forget the basic amenities
As much as your guest loves these extra local amenities, the basic vacation amenities are still the best way to get a good rating and keep your property fully booked. Make sure you have working Wi-Fi, working appliances, fresh towels, linens, and a fully stocked kitchen for your guests to use. Another way to make your property stand out is to make sure that your property is tastefully decorated inside and out. Access to green space, a patio, or even a private beach will make your property a hot rental ticket. Ensure you have outdoor appliances like a grill, outdoor seating, hammocks, umbrellas, a fire pit, or other fun yard accessories. If you happen to have a pool on your property, make sure to include pool toys, deck chairs, and outdoor lighting.

Local extras and amenities are the difference between a short-term rental and a hotel room. It’s why people will love your property and keep coming back. If you want to learn more about making your property stand out, check out one of my blogs on how to keep your customers satisfied and comfortable!