How to Stock Your Luxury Vacation Rental

September 22, 2021

As luxury travelers continue to pivot from five-star hotels to relish the space and privacy of a luxury vacation rental, vacation rental owners are challenged to create an elevated experience complementary to that of a lavish hotel or resort. Aside from keeping the property in pristine condition–in coordination with your trusted property management partner–it’s important for vacation rental owners to stock their vacation properties with unique amenities and upgrades. These individualized features not only help to set your home apart from the competition but create a comfortable, elevated experience for luxury-seeking guests. What’s more, when executed properly, you will solidify your luxury vacation rental as the guest’s luxurious home away from home for years to come. 

As property managers who are highly specialized in luxury vacation rentals throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we’ve compiled the ultimate luxury vacation rental inventory checklist.

Read on to get our best insider tips, or download our Luxury Vacation Rental Inventory Checklist PDF.  

Luxury Vacation Rental Inventory Checklist

Kitchen Essentials

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, you can’t overlook the importance of a well-stocked kitchen. Equip your kitchen with everything your guests would need to make a beautiful, home-cooked meal from scratch–they just need to bring the groceries. When in doubt, opt for durability and stain resistance to maximize the life of your purchases.   

Kitchen Checklist: 
  • High-quality, durable plates in varying sizes 
  • Cups and glassware for cold drinks
  • Coffee cups 
  • Silverware and cutlery
  • Pots and pans in multiple sizes, including at least one large stock pot, with matching lids
  • Kid-friendly dishes and small utensils are always a nice touch 
  • Cutting boards 
  • Baking sheets 
  • Variety of cooking utensils (large spoons, spatulas, kitchen shears, tongs, etc.)
  • Corkscrew and bottle opener
  • Coffee maker
  • Electric or stovetop tea kettle
  • High-speed blender
  • Toaster
  • Paper towel holder 
  • Drying racks

Pro Tip: Take into account how many people your property can accommodate before filling the kitchen’s drawers and cabinets. For example, if your property sleeps 12, aim for 18 complete sets of silverware, cups, and the like. Stocking at 1.5x the unit’s occupancy ensures your guests shouldn’t need to run the dishwasher multiple times per day.  

Bedroom Upgrades

For many of us, a great night’s sleep can be hard to come by on vacation, so make sure you’ve done your part to provide a comfortable sleeping environment for your guests. Gone are the days of fluffy floral comforters and ornamental throw pillows; a clean, relaxed environment is the epitome of luxury. 

Bedroom Checklist:
  • Quality bed frame and a new mattress
  • Appropriate pillows for the size of each bed
  • Upgraded white linens
  • Ceiling fan
  • Lamps to create low lighting 
  • Curtains
  • Smart TV

Pro Tip: Make sure your property manager has clear standards for linen cleanliness and maintenance. At Kaiser Vacation Rentals, every property on our rental program is stocked with upgraded linens and is serviced with complete linen turnover between each stay. 

Creature Comforts

Feeling at home is about more than an open floor plan and incredible views from the balcony. There are certain things that can help a first-time guest feel right at home and keep them coming back for years to come.

Around the House Checklist:
  • TV’s in each room
  • Clean, comfortable living room furniture
  • Dining room and/or kitchen seating for the property’s maximum occupancy 
  • Comfortable outdoor seating
  • Toiletries in each bathroom (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hand soap)
  • Starter amenities, like paper towels and toilet paper
  • Guest app to communicate with the property manager without picking up the phone
  • Privacy shower curtains

Pro Tip: Did you know luxury property managers may provide many home essentials for you? Small touches can go a long way to help your guests feel at home in their vacation rental. Taking a thoughtful approach to outfitting your property is exactly what will ensure your luxury vacation rental provides the best possible experience.

What’s Next?

You’ve purchased your dream home in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach and stocked your vacation rental with luxury amenities. So what’s next? Finding the perfect property manager to care for your guests and your vacation property. 

Contact Kaiser Vacation Rentals today for a one-on-one consultation with our highly specialized, luxury vacation rental management team.  

P.S. Don’t forget to download a copy of our Luxury Vacation Rental Inventory Checklist PDF.

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