5-Star Makeover Package — “Sing It From the Hilltops”

You want people who book your vacation rental to give you those coveted 5-star ratings. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Oh, yes — so much they sing it from the hilltops!

Potential guests for your property see those 5-star ratings and the glowing testimonials and BAM! They hit the “Book Now” button.

And you want it booked SOLID.

You have a pretty decent start, but your vacation rental is not getting enough 5- star bookings… yet.

You have busted your hump getting this rental ready. You have a Pinterest board with a zillion inspiration images. Your interior decorator wannabe girlfriend even went out and shopped at the best consignment stores and online to find the perfect stuff for your place. You have even hired your nephew with the Masters’ degree in photography to take the listing photos with his fancy new Nikon.

And frankly, you’re just sick of all the stuff that gets worn out or broken by people who don’t treat your place like their own.

No matter what you do, nothing is getting you the 5-star ratings you’d hoped for.

You’re either not getting the bookings, or people are complaining that you charge too much for what you offer, or you are getting some crappy 3-star reviews because of the highway noise or the barking sea lions. Please!

As a business owner myself, I totally get it.

Marketing is your #1 priority. When you don’t market properly, your business gets hidden in the weeds. You have to do something to make it outshine all the others.

Introducing: Our “Sing it From the Hilltops” 5-Star Makeover Package

We’ll take a look at your listing, the comparable listings in the area, and advise you on what improvements will give you the best bang for your buck! You don’t even have to buy all new stuff; we can take what you already have in place, and recommend honestly what you might need to add (or subtract, or change) to make your rental show at its very best.

What You’ll Get

  • A 15-minute “getting to know you” phone call, so I can get an idea of where you’re stuck or seeing challenges

  • A thorough review of your property, via your website or through Skype, so we can look at the property objectively and through a “renter’s eyes”

  • A video consultation, where I will review your property online and show you via video where I think improvements can be made

  • Room layout of 3 critical rooms, so you’ll know exactly how everything fits and should be placed (typically, this is the living room, master bedroom, dining room)

  • Renderings of your rooms, so you will see how everything will look when finished

  • A shopping list, with prices, clickable links and vendors, so you will not be wasting your precious time and money, wandering aimlessly around Home Goods, buying too much stuff or the wrong stuff, and then taking the time and gas to return it… (and so you’ll stay within budget)

  • Mood boards, so you can get a clear idea of how everything looks together

  • Paint Palettes, to pull everything together and to prevent paint color mistakes (and hours of running back and forth to the big box store trying to get the perfect shade)

  • A To-Do List

  • The Secret Ingredients to get your rental 5-star ratings every time

  • A copy of our FREE 8-page Vacation Rental Start-Up Budget Workbook

  • You will be doing the installation of items yourself, to save yourself some cash!

  • 2 follow up phone calls or emails, to assist you and keep you on track


Benefits to You

  • No more wasting time and money at the big box store, flea markets, hours cruising web sites that deliver inferior goods, and returning things that just don’t go with your style

  • No more painting your rental walls in a zillion swatches, and wasting money on unused gallons of paint colors that are too dark

  • No more embarrassment and apologizing to your spouse about why your rental property is just a money pit rather than a wise retirement nest egg

  • No more overwhelm when you get home from work, exhausted, and you look at one more utility bill from your rental that you don’t have the money to pay

The Process Is Simple

It all starts with a plan. One that ends with furniture, accessories and walls that will make people wondering if they saw your place in House Beautiful.

  • You select the package you want, and I will send you an email with a link to schedule our telephone appointment

  • Fill out the questionnaire and together we come up with what we want your vacation property to look like

  • We will use Skype or I will review your online rental listing, and you will receive a How-To guide and video walk-through review for any other information I may need to design your rooms (measurements, etc.)

  • Sit back and relax. I get to work, picking your perfect paint colors, furniture, accessories, and artwork—what ever is necessary to bring your rental to get those 5-star ratings

Why Would You Want to Work with Me?

As a successful home stager and certified color specialist who has helped owners prepare their own homes for sale during the last 9 years, I know how to bring out the best in every property. Staging a home is like decorating for the masses—you want to appeal to the most amount of buyers, not to just one type of buyer.

The same principle goes for rentals. Because most rentals are seen online first, only the best make the “short list” of those looking for great lodging and an amazing vacation experience. I know all the areas to enhance or highlight, how to place furniture for the best flow, the best colors to make a space look inviting yet light and bright. As an interior decorator, I know the quality of all the vendors I recommend, so you won’t be constantly replacing items because they break or get ruined.

I have traveled and stayed at hundreds of bed and breakfasts, hotels, cruise ships, AirBnB and VRBO properties, and I take notice of every detail that is thoughtfully included or thoughtlessly neglected in every place I stay. I’m pretty picky.

Finally, I have worked with photographers and cleaning staff, so I know how to style photos for the best online presentation, and where extra care is needed in maintaining the cleanliness and safety of a property.

Who Is This For?

  • The busy executive who is trying the AirBnB/VRBO for the first time and is using it as an exit strategy for his or her current job.

  • The vacation rental owner who hasn’t begun to decorate their rental, or who has just begun but needs some serious hand-holding.

  • The vacation rental owner that wants to show their property professionally online and get more bookings and great reviews

  • The property manager who has several properties, and doesn’t have the time to be driving all over creation to find just the right bedspread

Who Is This Not For?

  • This is not for someone who doesn’t feel that owning a vacation rental is a business. A real business.

  • This is not for someone who has a very limited budget (less than $5000)

  • This is not for someone who is happy with the few amount of bookings they have already.

  • This is not for someone who thinks using thrift store furniture and shoddy garage sale artwork is fine, and thinks The Golden Girls is a style.

  • This is not for someone who thinks an iPhone takes great online pictures; they will be just fine for his or her vacation rental listing.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if I don’t like the style you recommend? No problemo. You get up to 2 changes per mood board.

  2. How much is this going to cost? This package $1497 USD and is based on all of the time it takes for me to look at the property and the comparables, to search for furniture, accessories, and paint colors that will transform your rental. To compare, figure out how much time and money you have lost in the past by driving around from place to place, bringing home stuff you thought would work in your rental, and all the gas and time you spent returning it. Not to mention how much time and $$$ you lost because the rental was in flux and remained vacant. How many weeks in vacancy are you willing to allow, so you can have the time to search for all the items you need, paint the property, and get it all in place?

  3. Why do I have to begin with a phone call? This is one of the most important parts of the process. I get to truly know you, your ideas and true decorating needs. You will see whether or not we are a good fit. If you prefer, you can always decide to do another package.

  4. I don’t live in the United States. Can we communicate via email or Skype? Yes, I prefer Skype (and I am not fluent in anything but English), but we can also use email and Google Translate. I will also be recommending sources readily available in the U.S., but I can work with any online vendor that is readily available in your home country.

  5. Can I see actual paint and fabric swatches? Absolutely; we will have them sent directly to your home!

  6. Can you work with what I already have? Of course! If you have a set budget, we will do our best to incorporate pieces we know are necessary and durable in the long run. We don’t want you to waste your money on unnecessary things. But we will also advise you on where to invest wisely.

  7. Is this really for me? I don’t know. Let’s have a quick 15-20 minute phone call and see if this is your jam. Schedule your phone call now.

  8. Not quite ready to get started? No worries; check out my other 2 packages. That will get you started and be more affordable.