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How to Add a Remote Workspace to Your Vacation Rental

April 21, 2020

Due to the recent events, more short-term rentals are now being used. The Washington Post reports how many Airbnbs and vacation homes are becoming a fallback plan for stranded travelers or those looking for a safe place to stay. Along with retirees and families, professionals are looking for a remote workspace to help them stay […]

Due to the recent events, more short-term rentals are now being used. The Washington Post reports how many Airbnbs and vacation homes are becoming a fallback plan for stranded travelers or those looking for a safe place to stay.

Along with retirees and families, professionals are looking for a remote workspace to help them stay productive during these trying times. Here are some ways you can help make your property more suitable for remote work as this trend continues:

Optimize the Lighting

Eco-friendly products are something that homeowners should prioritize. In a previous post by Kacey Mya, she describes how a great money-saving tip includes changing your rental’s light fixtures. LED and CFL lights will last much longer compared to traditional lightbulbs and you’ll have to replace them much less.

In line with this, ensuring that the desk area is well lit will benefit remote workers. Investing in a unique desk lamp or a sturdy hanging lamp will make a huge difference in how your space looks.

Redecorate the Desk and its Surroundings

There’s nothing wrong with a plain office-style desk, but if you want to attract customers to your rental, there are some ways you can jazz it up. Take a cue from the sophisticated interiors of Industrious’ Miami coworking branches and add a hint of marble along with some cheery indoor plants.

The new office space in Coral Gables is designed with hanging lights and planters, making good use of the high ceilings without making the space look small or cramped. Some desk organizers and stationery can also make your desk area look a lot more polished and appealing.

Check Your Wi-Fi Connection

One of the most important things that a remote worker needs is access to a fast and reliable Wi-Fi system. If you have a slow and buggy internet connection, it can definitely compromise the quality of your vacation rental.

The good news is that all it takes is a few small fixes. An article on USA Today suggests repositioning your router to see where it has the strongest signal, or upgrading any old equipment to the latest version. Alternatively, offering a pocket Wi-Fi option can be easier on the wallet and add some flexibility to your rental.

Think About the Little Details

An interesting trend that sweeping the coworking market is restaurants-turned-coworking spaces. KettleSpace’s New York locations provide meals and discounts to remote workers, mainly located in dinner-only restaurants that would otherwise be empty during the day.

While you don’t have to go this far in terms of offering sustenance, supplying a little snack and coffee bar near the workstation in your vacation home is a neat touch that hungry guests will truly appreciate. If you feel like going the extra mile, add a handwritten note for an extra personalized touch.

In today’s highly competitive vacation rental market, it pays off to differentiate your rentals from the rest. By offering extra perks to remote workers, you’ll definitely boost the popularity of your listings.

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By Shirley Smith