Transform Your Condo Unit Into A Homey Vacation Rental

Heed these 5 design tips to make your space renter-friendly

Photography: Dairy Darilag

If you’re one of those financially savvy condo unit owners who have it all figured out in terms of how to earn from your property investment, then all you need to do is make your space more attractive to renters.

In photo: A unit you can rent on Airbnb designed by interior designer Nikki Audine.

According to design consultant Grace Moslares, the space must be worth the value of the rental rates you set. “Di mo siya dapat tipirin. Dapat maganda siya, kumpleto,” says Grace.

At the same time, interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo says that designing for a rental “is more restrained in terms of style and overall choice of pieces.” Both designer and homeowner have to think of what would appeal to a wider clientele.

Here are some tips from Grace and Kristine:

1. Look at what you have first.

Make a list of what items you already own. Grace says that not everything has to be new, otherwise, it will take a while before you can get a return on your investment. Do you have a spare accent chair or a side table you no longer use? Think of how to place it in the unit.

2. Come up with a concept.

What color scheme do you want? What kind of furniture and accessories will you use? Are you open to mixing old and new accessories? Make sure you stay within budget, advises Grace.

3. Make it gender-neutral but homey.

Neutral tones make a space look elegant and formal, but Kristine says there’s no harm in introducing wood and natural plants to make it warm and relaxing.

4. Put ample thought into lighting.

One of the factors that inject beauty into the space is the lighting. A great layout and stylish furniture pieces mean nothing if the lighting cannot highlight and enhance the space.

5. Make sure appliances fit the area.

Just because you have an extra oven doesn’t mean you should put it there. In fact, Grace says it’s better to leave the unit almost bare so the renter has room for personal belongings.

Kristine says these are the top 5 things vacation rental unit owners must invest in:

1. A comfortable bed

2. An inviting sofa

3. A dining set (which can also double as a work desk)

4. Good lighting


5. Reliable and well-chosen appliances (TV, refrigerator, cooktop, air-conditioning unit)

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