How to Stage a Vacation Rental to Perfection

Staging a vacation rental acts as the listing’s hook for the reader. You’ll have a better chance of filling your reservation calendar if your house is ideally situated for taking eye-catching images. Although staging may seem simple, a lived-in home is very different from a photographed one.

You must stage your vacation rental to appear hospitable, roomy, and attractive. All of those characteristics should be true of your home in real life, but it’s even more crucial to stress them online. Perhaps people will learn about your home for the first time from your vacation rental listing. If it has been appropriately staged for first impressions, possible guests will be captivated from the moment they set foot in your home.

Cozy bedroom

What is staging for vacation rentals?

What exactly staging your vacation rental entails is a question that many owners have. Staging a home for sale typically entails preparing it for tours, walk-throughs, open houses, and an internet listing. It’s designed to enable prospective buyers to picture what life would be like in that house.

If you’ve ever conducted a walkthrough of a house up for sale, you may have noticed staged furnishings, extra lighting, and perhaps even phony food on the table. What it would be like to live in that home should be vividly depicted during staging.

When it comes to holiday rentals, the concept is very comparable. While you don’t want visitors to stay in your house long-term, you want them to see living there, even for a weekend. Vacation rental staging attracts visitors’ attention during the pre-booking stage and creates the ideal ambiance for them when they arrive at your home.

Why is staging your vacation rental important?

You might believe that your house speaks for itself. After all, you bought the house and gave it a beautiful makeover! Even the nicest homes, however, require professional staging. Even the greatest areas could look dark, drab, and uninviting if you don’t stage your vacation rental, making it unsuitable for guests’ needs.

You’ll need to convince your potential vacationers to book unless you only accept reservations from previous visitors or through recommendations. How precisely do you persuade them? You’ll need the images to support your listing description once you’ve dazzled potential buyers with it. Although vacation rental photography is a completely other activity, vacation rental staging ensures that the backdrop is perfect for beautiful photos.

Staging your vacation rental is crucial since it increases the value of your house without adding to the overall expense of a renovation or redesign. Rearranging your furnishings or adding a few colorful accents (more on that later) could be all it takes to raise your average daily rate significantly. Beyond the cost, you have a far higher chance of increasing your yield of reservations.

How to present a vacation home

The majority of owners understand the value of vacation rental staging, but they might not be too clear on how to get started. What may you notice about other well-liked listings in your region if you view them all? The most popular listings in your area are likely considered vacation rental staging, whether it be local decor, cozy lighting, or entertainment rooms ready for an occasion. How, then do you put these laws into practice on your property? We have all the advice you need for decorating your vacation property.

Well lit kitchen

The appearance of space

Beyond the new minimalist travel trend, all visitors need a modern, roomy stay. Who wants to feel crowded when on vacation, after all? With the correct staging tactics, you may give the impression of square footage even if your area is rather small.

The formation of space is greatly influenced by color. Your room will appear smaller than it is if all of your furniture is dark and very patterned. Some of the best interior design authorities stress the usage of a monochromatic color scheme. The area is easier to explore and appears larger since the eye can more easily follow neutral, unobtrusive hues.

Mirrors are also helpful to you. Adding modern or huge mirrors to your rooms will help them appear larger, especially in little hallways or rooms with little natural light.

Put lighting first

Just having overheads isn’t enough. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that your home’s ceiling lights will suffice. A vacation property may appear sterile and uninviting if lit by fluorescents and overhead lights. It will cast a lot of shadows and make your area appear smaller than it is if all of your light sources come directly from ceiling lights.

Interior designers frequently choose warmer lighting to create a cozier feel. The illumination in your home can be distributed more equally by using lighting alternatives at various room heights, such as floor lamps, hanging fixtures, and Edison bulbs.

Remove any distractions

When working with a certain theme, it’s simple to go overboard with the decor. Avoid overcrowding your Cape Cod-style house with maritime memorabilia and sailor tchotchkes. A space should not have more than two or three conversation pieces, whether they be works of art or miniatures. Even though the room is vast, too much decoration will make it appear smaller.

This principle is not limited to ornamentation. A room can appear crowded and cramped if there are too many furnishings in it. When choosing furniture, try to consider multipurpose pieces and the right size for the room. In theory, for instance, an L-shaped couch could seem like a smart idea, but in practice, it might be overly huge for your needs and cut off any open-concept spaces.

The exterior should be equally appealing as the interior. The phrase “curb appeal” is often used, yet we rarely take the time to put it into effect. Your house should have an enticing outside in addition to an inviting interior. Visitors will be interested in the home’s exterior, even if it isn’t the focal point of the primary listing photo, which can feature your gorgeous master bedroom or your opulent living room.

Cleaning the windows and shutters is one of the simpler exterior home staging guidelines. Dirty or soiled windows can give visitors the wrong impression of how well-maintained your facility is by standing out more in photographs. This quick modification can significantly affect how well your vacation rental is staged.

Don’t ignore the vegetation. Clean up your garden, add some vibrant shrubs to the area around the mailbox, and repair any dead grass in your yard. These modest additions will enliven your outdoor area and encourage visitors to take advantage of your home both inside and out.


By staging your vacation rental, visitors can picture staying there. Visitors will notice the little details, whether you’re showing off fun in the kitchen with staged food props or luxury in the bedrooms by fluffing and perfecting the bedding. In the end, you’re writing the narrative of their stay. Does your place appear livable? Experiential? in keeping with the subject? A nicely decorated vacation home will attract more visitors and raise the value of your property.

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This article originally appeared in WishSTR Blog.  It was written by guest contributor, Niruu.  Niruu manages and invests in international short-term rental projects.

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