10 ways to increase rental income from your vacation property

February 7, 2021.

Both interior and exterior updates increase your property value and profit from renting your property. Whatever your budget is, always choose the upgrades that give you the best returns of investment. We’re sharing 10 clever tricks to upgrade your property without breaking the rental rules.


A new coat of paint modernizes your property and makes the property appear well-maintained, clean, and luxurious.

As a vacation rental owner, you should choose neutral paint colors. A neutral interior palette draws in a variety of guests. We suggest painting one feature wall with luxury effects, or if you want to add colors in the room, use changeable accessories such as pillows, rugs, vases, and artwork.

If you paint your vacation rental property yourself you will save money, but you won’t save your valuable time and nerves, especially if you have no experience. The rates for a professional painter are between 3€ – 6€ per square meter excluded preparations and repairs of the walls.

One feature wall with luxury effects costs between 200€-300€ per wall depends on the size of the wall and effect. We highly recommend using effects. Your house will look in the photos more expensive and more luxurious and can increase your renting price or you will stand out among the many similar holiday homes offered on the market.

Renew The Bathroom & Kitchen

An outdated bathroom or kitchen can decrease the value of a vacation rental property. The benefits of updating your bathroom or kitchen are worth the investment, you can charge more per night if you have a beautiful property.

But, you might not have the money to do this type of renovation. Here are some simple updates that increase your properties value:


  • Replace light fixtures: Lighting influences mood. Lighting fixtures add character to your vacation rental property. Put the LED lighting under the cabinets, change the ceiling lights.
  • New tiling or backsplash: A simplistic way to add color. Backsplash and tile can update a space.
  • Change or repaint cabinet fronts, it is much cheaper and the kitchen will look like new!
  • Add Kitchen Appliances: Renters book vacation rental properties over hotels since they have kitchens. Use this to your advantage. Draw in foodies by purchasing extra culinary tools, such as coffee makers, mixers, or an icemaker.


  • Update the showerhead, sink, or towel racks for a sleek look.
Hire a Professional Cleaning Service

After you have updated your vacation rental, it is important to clean thoroughly. A dirty property detracts from the updates and changes you have made. Potential guests will focus on the cleanliness of your property first.

Thus, you should hire a third-party professional cleaning service. A professional cleaning service ensures that every part of your property is ready for guests.

Style Your Rental House

 Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you need to settle for someone else’s design style. Here are our top decorating hacks for rental properties:

  • The more plants the better – choose the plants that are hard to kill. Artificial flowers and plants don’t smell like the real thing, but they’ll give your home a real boost.
  • Buy beautiful bedding – there’s nothing quite like slipping in between the satin sheets in bed. The bed makes up one of the largest surface areas in the bedroom so a new quilt and cushions will have a dramatic impact. For the photoshoot, decorate the bed with at least 4 pillows and 2 cushions for a luxurious look
  • Curtains – if you want to add luxury to the interior, you can easily achieve it by choosing 2 sets of curtains on one rode – one transparent and one blackout curtain. Install them near the ceiling to get real luxury looks.
  • Show off your art – it doesn’t have to be expensive, it should be beautiful and match the colors and style of the room.
  • Invest in the perfect furniture – if you can’t change the rooms, buy furniture that is durable and will boost your space.
Villa Emma Maria – before and after
Extra Values

The easiest addition to your vacation rental property would be adding everyday items. For example, provide a collection of DVDs, books, or board games. Or have a stereo/gaming system in your vacation rental property. These are simplistic items that renters use throughout their vacation especially during bad weather.

To stand out among the competition, find the room to put table football, darts or billiard.

Provide a “Welcome” basket or tickets to local events. This will surprise guests. Your generosity will be the added value for your property.


Choose greenery that does not require a lot of attention. Purchase drought-tolerant, local plants. In Istria, it is lavender, fig, and an olive tree. Yet this doesn’t require large amounts of maintenance.

Sago palm is a good choice because adds luxury to your rental home, they are durable, only in the winter should be covered. If your budget allows, plant a pair of Mediterranean cypress to get the Tuscan look

Bushes, mature trees, and different sized rocks also add dimension to your property, without needing constant care.

Remember, your landscaping should complement your vacation rental property. Overgrown landscaping, particularly if it overshadows the building or home, detracts from your main selling feature.

Create an outdoor living oasis with a gorgeous pergola

Your guests come on vacation to spend most of their time outdoors. Pergolas are designed to increase the enjoyment and comfort of your outdoor living space, and offer respite from the sun for your guests. Investment in the well-built pergola increases your rental value but also the value of your property. Guests are willing to pay top euro for holiday homes that already have attractive, well-designed spaces for outdoor living. After all, you love the shade, style, and sophistication of a pergola — and a potential guest will, too. For more information about pergola designs, costs, or advice please visit:

Pergola Kontra Saxun
Pergola Saxun – Kontra aluminium
Walkways & Driveways

For curb appeal and safety, repair any cracks in your walkways, sidewalks, or driveways. If you seal or repave your driveway, you will have a smooth surface that lasts for a longer amount of time. Clean it with a high-pressure washer or hire a professional to do the job. This will also save you money long term, and add to your property’s visual appeal.

Exterior Lighting

Sidewalk lighting adds charm and style to your vacation rental property’s exterior. Above the outdoor dining table should be romantic lights. This provides added value for guests who like to entertain in the evening. Use solar lamps along the path leading to the house – besides the aesthetics, contributes to the security of guests.


Parents want to rest on their vacation, and the best way is to occupy their children. So, build the treehouse, put a swing, slide, or trampoline. Kids will be delighted!

As you can see, there are a variety of ways to add value to your vacation rental property. This ranges from additions like board games to kitchen renovations. The upgrades you make to your property depend on your budget, target audience, and property type.

If you’re not sure what is the best way to upgrade your rental property to increase your profit, visit our web site to see projects that we have done or contact us by emailing, we are glad to help with our advice.