87.8 F
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Making your rental home irresistible

Latest headlines

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.

Casa Serena, a Remixto property.
Casa Serena, a Remixto property.

Second of a three-part series on owning a vacation rental home. See part one, on deciding to own a vacation home, here. Excerpted from the upcoming book “Vacation Rental Success in Mexico” by Stanley Kahng, founder of Remixto, which has partnered with Yucatán Expat Life.

Offering your home for rent is easy, but making it stand out among the competition is a challenge. Stanley Kahng of the Mérida property management firm Remixto explains how your property can “pop.”

The difference between an occasionally booked home and one that is booked solid is a cohesive theme and solid amenities. Choose a theme for your home. It could be any type of furnishings — traditional Mexican or a luxury getaway theme — but carry it throughout.

Then, add every amenity you can afford that fits with your theme.

Wow factor

Nothing says wow like an upscale vacation amenity. In Merida, pools are common, so think about taking it to the next level. Add an outdoor shower, a poolside palapa, an outdoor kitchen or bar. Or try a rooftop terrace or spa bathroom. 

You’ll love them yourself, and if you plan them in advance, they don’t add that much to your overall construction costs.

Another great way to create that wow factor is to stage a key moment in the home in your rental photography. Make it a reason why people rent.

This will most likely become your first photo to captivate guests. It should be illustrative of the theme you have chosen to adopt. Encapsulate the feeling and experience that guests want to have when they visit.

Businesslike decorating decisions

Besides the architecture of the home, the furnishings you choose are probably what differentiate your home from a similar one down the block. But it’s important to step back a moment and remember that this is a business.

While you may love to decorate your new home in varying shades of purple, remember, you’re decorating it to appeal to a wide variety of guests. Get inspired by homes in magazines, other vacation rental listings in your area, and local shops.    

Decorate in keeping with the story you are crafting. Find a singular theme or motif that can carry through your home and help make it unique.

Check out Casa Serena. The owners of this home went with a comfortable and familiar motif, something unique in Colonial Mexico. The soft white of the wall, the oversized furniture, the flat screen TV, welcome guests who may feel a little out of their comfort zone in a foreign country, and who would welcome a familiar home to return to after sightseeing.

A hammock is a must. This is Casa Santa Lucia, one of the homes in Remixto’s portfolio.


Some amenities are cheap. Add lots of them. A toaster, blender, barbecue grill, microwave, hairdryer, toaster oven, juicer, hammocks (a big must), coffee maker are all relatively inexpensive but go a long way to make your home more competitive. These things show you care.

There are other basic amenities that guests expect. A TV with cable, or if that’s not possible, a Netflix subscription. A DVD player with a library of DVDs or an Apple TV box will add to your amenities.

Dress your home like a hotel. That means name-brand mattresses and high thread-count sheets. It’s all about the linens. Your guests will be spending a third of their day in the bed you provide, so make it special. Splash out on luxury sheets and then advertise you’ve got them.

Casa Serena, a Remixto home, makes the point about balancing an uncluttered home that retains personality.
Casa Serena, a Remixto home, makes the point about balancing an uncluttered home that retains personality.

Clutter: Too much or too little personality

There is balance between having too little and too much stuff on display. Too little and your house will feel cold, uncomfortable, sparse and unloved.

Too much stuff and it feels overwhelming. How can a guest imagine themselves in your home if there is too much of you on display? Your guests have to be able to imprint themselves on your home, so leave them some room to do so.

Your guest is likely spending the equivalent of a mortgage payment for a week’s stay in your home. In a sense, it’s “theirs” for the period they are renting it. Let them feel themselves in it and you’re on the road to outstanding rental success.

Next week: In the final installment of this series, why your rental property is a “use it or lose it” proposition.

kahngmugExcerpted from the upcoming book “Vacation Rental Success in Mexico” by Stanley Kahng, founder of Remixto

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...

Expats in Mexico face impossible deadline to comply with new tax law

Taxpayers in Mérida wait for their numbers to be called at the SAT office. Photo: File A tax...

What is the Loop Current and how does it affect hurricanes on the Yucatán Peninsula?

A current of warm tropical water is looping unusually far into the Gulf of Mexico for this time of year, with the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes.

Izamal revamps its infrastructure while seeking investment

A walking tour of Izamal includes Mayor Warnel May Escobar and Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal. Photo: Courtesy

Mexico looks to its southern neighbors for investment and international cooperation

Historically Mexico’s economic footprint regarding its neighbors to the south has been negligible at best, aside from a few large corporations such as Banco Azteca and Bimbo. 

Activists in Mérida observe International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Trans pride flag flies over the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Photo: Courtesy Jornada Maya

The Most Famous Mexican Mathematicians

Photo by Nothing Ahead via Pexels By James Collins The subject of mathematics can be...

Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccine contracts to remain a state secret until 2025

The true cost of Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will not be known until well after the next round of federal elections....