How To Decorate A Rental

you know that 1 in 5 Canadians have rented their property in the past
or are considering doing so in the future? With the trend moving
toward creating short term rentals to earn a little extra income,
designer Jo Alcorn shares tips on how to stage and protect your home.

My Home is Your Home: I always recommend you include a little individualized charm. This will set you apart and let your guests get a sense of who you are. It doesn’t need to be overly extravagant but something to bring out your personality and make potential guests feel at home. Try including your favorite scented candle or a warm and cozy throw blanket and notes/instructions around the house are also a great way to connect with your guest and create memorable moments.

Got Décor?: With short term rentals, most people look for the comforts of a real home and not a sterile hotel room. Add accent pillows, a throw blanket along with styled shelves or table tops. Artwork can also have personality and flare. All of this can be done on a budget and in non-breakable items. Make sure things are easily washable so you can keep things feeling fresh between guests! I have developed an entire line of washable Canadian made pillows that are perfect for rentals – you can toss the entire pillow right into the washer and dryer too.

Look, Maximum Return:
much as you want to make the space feel homey, you want to keep the
space simple and neat looking too. This way your space always looks
put together and people don’t feel like they are intruding in your
personal home.

Camera, Action:
picture is worth a thousand words and in the case of short term
rentals, since it’s the first thing a potential customer looks at,
the quality of the photo is as important as the staging. Photos that
showcase natural lighting, your design personality and cleanliness,
along with ensuring they are high enough resolution, is key to coming
out on top.

It Fresh:
your home stand out from the rest by keeping things fresh. Little
touches like flowers that require minimal maintenance and fresh white
linens and towels give that hotel clean feeling but with the comforts
of home. It looks great on camera too when you’re staging your

Your Home:
time and effort you put into creating a welcoming space goes a long
way, but as a short term rental host, you want to make sure you
protect your home. Unless your policy clearly states that short term
rental activity is permitted, you may not be covered for short term
rental related losses. That’s where Duuo comes in – an on-demand,
episodic insurance service designed to protect short term rental
hosts and their homes. With Duuo, short term rental hosts pay only
for the days they want coverage, so they can rent securely and relax.
You can learn more at

People With Words:
description you create is as important as the photos. Not only does
the description allow you to show off your personality, but it allows
you to bring your space to life in a way photos cannot. And make sure
your photos match your description; don’t talk about the spacious
bedroom on the second floor if you don’t have accompanying

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