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  • Janice Pollard

Creating Outdoor Spaces for Your Short-Term Rental Property

Outdoor spaces offer guests a place to unwind, socialize, and enjoy the fresh air. Enhancing your outdoor areas with the right patio furniture and accessories can significantly elevate the appeal of your property and result in a make-or-break guest experience. Here's how you can make outdoor leisure a breeze!

1. Choose Functional and Stylish Furniture

Selecting the right patio furniture is crucial for creating inviting outdoor spaces that tenants will love. When choosing furniture for your rental property, prioritize both functionality and style to ensure long-term satisfaction. 

  • Durable Materials: Opt for weather-resistant materials such as wrought iron, aluminum, teak, or resin wicker that can generally withstand the elements and require minimal maintenance. This fire pit chat set is my all-time favorite!

  • Comfortable Seating: Invest in comfortable seating options such as lounge chairs, sofas, and dining sets with plush cushions that encourage relaxation and socializing.

  • Flexible Arrangements: Choose modular or versatile furniture pieces that can be easily rearranged to accommodate different group sizes and activities.

2. Create a Cozy Atmosphere with Accessories

Accessorizing your outdoor spaces is key to creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere that tenants will enjoy spending time in. Here are some accessories to consider adding to your rental property's outdoor areas:

  • Outdoor Lighting: Illuminate your patio or garden with string lights, lanterns, or solar-powered pathway lights to create a warm and welcoming ambiance for evening gatherings.

  • Comfort Enhancements: Provide blankets to add comfort and style to seating areas, encouraging guests to linger outdoors. (Note: I’m not a fan of outdoor rugs. While they look great, they are a pain to get dry in a hurry after a rainstorm.)

  • Shade Solutions: Install umbrellas, outdoor gazebos, pergolas, or retractable awnings to provide shade and protection from the sun, allowing tenants to enjoy the outdoors even on hot summer days.

  • Entertainment Options: Consider outdoor speakers, fire pits, or barbecue grills to enhance the outdoor entertainment experience.

3. Maintain and Update Regularly

Regular maintenance and occasional updates are essential for keeping your outdoor spaces looking fresh and appealing to tenants. 

  • Cleaning: Regularly clean and remove debris from furniture surfaces, cushions, and accessories to prevent dirt buildup and prolong their lifespan. Hint: a leaf blower isn’t just for leaves. ;-)

  • Repairing: Inspect furniture for any signs of damage or wear and tear, and promptly repair or replace any broken parts to ensure safety and functionality.

  • Seasonal Updates: Consider updating your outdoor decor seasonally with fresh accessories such as new cushions, outdoor throw pillows, or decorative planters to keep the look of your outdoor spaces current and inviting.

3. Incorporate Greenery and Landscaping

In addition to furniture and accessories, integrating greenery and landscaping can further enhance the charm of outdoor spaces in your rental property. 

  • Potted Plants and Garden Beds: Incorporate potted plants, hanging baskets, and garden beds to add color, texture, and vibrancy to your outdoor areas. Choose low-maintenance plants that thrive in your region's climate to minimize upkeep efforts.

  • Vertical Gardens: Install vertical garden structures or living walls to maximize greenery in small or vertical spaces, adding visual interest and a touch of nature to balconies, patios, or walls.

  • Shade and Privacy: Strategically place tall plants or shrubs to provide shade and privacy for seating areas, creating secluded and comfortable retreats for tenants to relax and unwind. 

  • Native Landscaping: Embrace native plants and landscaping elements that are well-suited to your region's climate and require minimal water and maintenance. Native plants not only support local ecosystems but also thrive in their natural environment, reducing the need for excessive watering and care.

  • Outdoor Garden Features: Consider adding focal points such as water features, birdbaths, or decorative sculptures to enhance the visual appeal of your outdoor spaces and create tranquil environments for tenants to enjoy.

By choosing functional and stylish furniture, accessorizing thoughtfully, maintaining regularly, and adding more nature to nature, you’ll ensure your guests enjoy their time outdoors to the fullest.

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