Don’t buy the high end furniture package.
Renters must pay for any damage to your unit, but wear and tear on furniture is to be expected and will happen over time. We always suggest to buy sturdy furniture, with removable covers for washing.
But how to accomplish all this in a new country? We have many clients that have chosen to spend the time and energy to do all their own shopping. There are lots of really good furniture and department stores in the area. Another option is to just let a decorator take over the whole job. We can recommend a decorator that will work within your budget.
Should I decorate well?
Yes!! The better your property looks, and the more it feels like home, the better it will rent. You will have repeat renters and word of mouth clients that you otherwise would not have had. Again, a decorator will have the right “eye” and know the best way to add warmth, character and tropical feel to a space, while sticking to budget. They will also know where to buy those specialty items like decorations, artwork, coordinating pillows/fabrics etc. Most clients find using a decorator alleviates stress and brings about a coordinated, beautiful result.
What little “extras” can I do?
Provide a guest book for renters to sign. This shows community and it’s fun reading for you and them.
Ensure your place is kept spotless. Most management companies have great cleaning, but make sure the little things are being done.
Provide an old laptop
Provide a blow dryer in the main bath
Really nice, fluffy towels
Have a working, local cell phone for renters to use. They will buy the minutes. Ensure the management company or housekeeper get it back when they leave.
Leave a list of restaurant delivery places on the fridge door
What can I do to save money?
Put your air conditioners on a timer. Renters love to turn it on and go to the beach.
Put in an on demand hot water heater. Saves money over the electric kind.
Try a solar pool pump, and solar hot water heater