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10 Photography Tips for Vacation Rentals

Get a Professional Photographer

1. Get a Professional Photographer

If you cannot hire a professional photographer here are some more tips:

2. Use a wide angle lens with flash.
3. Make sure all your lights are on! Especially recessed lights and bedside lights.

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Turn on all your bedside lights and open your curtains.

4.  Use a small step ladder to get more furniture and less ceiling.
5.  Take some photos with the flash on, and the flash off with the “curtains” open.
6.  Straighten lampshades, turn on TV’s, turn on hot tubs, and straighten pillows.
7.  Stage your place with dinnerware on the tables, fire in the fireplace, think “inviting,” look at style magazines for ideas.

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Get view shots!!

8.  Take view shots from inside looking out without sun glare (preferably early evening)
9.  Do not add yourself in the photos, folks want to envision themselves there, not you.

Turn all the interior and exterior lights on.

Afternoon/early evening is the best time to take photos.

10.  Now that all your lights are on, turn the porch light on, and head outside and get some exterior shots before it’s too dark.



Creating a Comfy Vacation Rental

For every vacation rental there is a vacation renter!

Depending on how well you’ve done your homework, you’ll know who will be renting your home. Let’s start with some basics.

Is your vacation rental modest? OR  High-End Luxury? Perhaps it’s somewhere in between? To get the most qualified renters it’s a good idea to invest in some nice furniture, or at least the best you can right now, eventually replace those Queen Beds with King Beds and old TV’s with Flat Screens and keep it clean!

If you can’t afford upgrades now then you’ll sacrifice rental income, but what is the best return on your investment—Beds and Linens!

Quality beds are extremely important along with quality linens.  Nothing makes me click off  an online ad faster than a saggy bed with scratchy polyester bedspreads. Yes, we can tell.  More women shop for places to stay online then men, if you are looking for more renters here is a good place to start.  Keep your standards high, and you won’t lose your audience.

Start with beds, King beds are favored over Queen beds.

Stephen Cardino, the home fashion director at Macy’s and a 25-year veteran of the bedding industry, weighs in on what you need to know about bedding. The article below is from RealSimple.com a great article for Vacation Rental Owners

Is Thread Count That Important?

Yes and no. Thread count is often used as the barometer of a sheet’s smoothness and durability. However, this measurement—which should refer to the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric—isn’t always reliable. High thread count is a factor, but the type of cotton can be more significant.

What’s The Best-Quality Cotton?

Top-of-the-line is 100 percent Egyptian cotton. Second best is 100 percent pima cotton, also known by the trademarked name Supima. If a label says simply, “100 percent cotton,” assume that it’s American upland cotton, a rougher, less expensive variety. Egyptian cotton’s long fibers produce sheets that are thin and sumptuous yet extremely strong and long-lasting. (The shorter fibers of upland cotton, by contrast, can poke out of the weave, leading to a coarser, weaker fabric.) Pima cotton is also soft and less likely to pill than upland cotton. You can find a good queen set made of pima for less than $200. If you want the best, you’ll invest about $500 in an Egyptian-cotton set in percale or sateen—both clean, classic weaves. (See this round-up of luxury sheets for our favorite picks.)

What’s Better, Percale or Sateen?

Neither. It’s a matter of taste. Percale is a plain, matte weave that has a crisp, cool feel, so it may be sensible for people who tend to get overheated when they sleep. Sateen is slightly heavier and very soft, with a lustrous, smooth finish that’s almost satiny—hence the name. If you’re not sure which you prefer, look for fabric swatches on display for a touch test.

Is There a Cheaper Option For Kids or for a Spare Set?

A cotton-polyester blend, often marketed as “easy care,” is a smart choice, since it withstands frequent washings well. A little poly is all you need—a 90/10 blend is durable, looks crisp right out of the dryer, and is still soft and cozy. But don’t go above 30 percent synthetic: The sheets won’t feel great and could make the sleeper sweat.


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