3 Amenities to Maximize Your Short Term Rental Income

In this blog post, we’re diving deep into three amenities that can help you maximize your rental income: pools, gyms, and hot tubs.

AirDNA provides a few stats related to the availability of these amenities 

  • Pools are found in 44% of luxury properties, versus 25% of budget properties.
  • Hot tubs are featured in about 33% of luxury listings, while only 5% of budget properties include them.
  • Gyms appear in approximately 24% of luxury properties, compared to 16% in budget listings.




There are so many different ways you can provide pool access for your short term rental – resort pool, inground outdoor pool, above ground outdoor pool, stock tank pool, swim spa, or inground indoor pool, and probably many more creative ideas we haven’t listed. 

Most often we see these three types of pools at short term rentals in the Smokes 

  • Resort access 
  • Inground indoor 
  • Swim spa 

Why a pool at your short term rental?

Providing a way for your renters to create memories with the group they are traveling with without leaving your property is a huge benefit! 

Not only is this a benefit to your guest, but can be a benefit to you as a property owner through increased desirability and the ability for higher nightly rates. 


Maintenance considerations for the pool at your short term rental

You’ll want to consider ongoing maintenance when deciding if a pool is right for you as a short term property owner, such as 

  • Regular cleaning and chemical treatment.
  • Safety measures (fencing, pool rules, etc.).
  • Potential liability concerns and insurance coverage.

“Specifically, luxury listings with pools see a Revenue Per Available Rental (RevPAR) increase of around 38% compared to those without pools.”


Hot tubs 

Your guests have most likely packed their schedules full of fun things to do while they are in town, whether that be a full day out on the town or hiking in the Smokies. 

Providing a way for them to wind down and relax after a long day is such a benefit! 

Not only does a hot tub provide a relaxing experience for your guests, it can also be a benefit to you as property owner by complementing your outdoor space and allowing you to command a premium nightly rate. 

You’ll want to consider ongoing maintenance when deciding if a hot tub is right for you as a short term property owner such as regular cleaning, chemical treatment. As well as, potential liability concerns and required insurance coverage. 

“With a reported RevPAR increase of around 33% for luxury properties with hot tubs.”



Maintaining your health is extremely important – what a benefit to provide the ability to do so without having to take additional time out of their well deserved vacations to find the opportunity to do so. 

Adding a gym, whether big or small, to your vacation rental allows you to meet the needs of health conscious individuals conveniently

You’ll want to consider potential liability concerns and required insurance coverage when deciding if adding a gym to your short term rental property is advantageous for you. 

“While the inclusion of pools and hot tubs offers the largest RevPAR and occupancy boosts for higher-tier properties, the inclusion of gyms actually benefits lower-tier properties more. They experience a larger boost in RevPAR and occupancy rates.”


*It’s important to note that the information provided in this blog post is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. While we have made every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. 


The Essential Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Short Term Rental Owners in Gatlinburg, TN

 Emergency Preparedness for Short Term Rental Owners in Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding areas

In light of the recent uptick in unbecoming weather as we are nearing the anniversary of the Gatlinburg wildfires in 2016 we thought now might be a good time to pull together resources for you, a short term rental property owner, about emergency preparedness relative to Sevier County, TN. 


Understanding Local Risks

Sevier County is very fortunate to experience all four seasons, but that often means weather comes along with those seasonal changes. Below are a few natural occurrences to be aware of: 

  • Floods: The mountainous terrain and bodies of water in Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas make it prone to flooding, particularly during heavy rains and rapid snow melts. Flood risks are higher in low-lying areas and near streams or rivers. It’s important that you check the flood zoning for your property and understand the potential impact heavy rainfall or snowmelt may have on your property. 
  • Severe Storms: Gatlinburg experiences severe storms, including heavy rainfall, lightning, and sometimes hail. These storms can cause damage to properties and disrupt essential services, like electricity. 
  • Wildfires: The Great Smoky Mountains are susceptible to wildfires, especially during dry seasons. Factors contributing to wildfires include the region’s forest cover and sometimes human activities. 


Importance of Staying Informed About Local Risks Through Reliable Sources

Reliable resources allow you to respond effectively to natural disasters. Here are a few resources that will allow you to stay in the know, even when you are not in town. 


Developing Your Emergency Plan

There are a few steps that you can take to begin developing an emergency plan for your short term rental property. 

Complete an assessment. 

    • Determine what specific risks might be associated with your property, considering its location, structure and surrounding environment. 
    • Determine what resources you may need to stock your property with such as safety equipment, supplies, and communication tools. 

Develop a Strategy 

    • How will you mitigate risks?
    • Will you improve exterior materials?
    • Will you provide additional safety equipment?

Create Response Procedures

    • How will you communicate with your guests and/or property manager?
    • In what ways can action be taken in the event of an emergency to mitigate damages? Are those steps clearly outlined and displayed?


The Sevier County Sheriff’s office provides an extensive resource for developing your emergency plan.  Here are just a few components you might want to include. 

  • Evacuation routes 
  • Shut off procedures for utilities 
  • First aid measures
  • Safe shelter locations 
  • Communication plans

It’s important to continuously improve and update your emergency plan based on feedback from these authorities to ensure it aligns with local standards and practices.


Communication with Guests During Emergencies

It’s important to ensure you have a way to communicate with your guests about what to do in case of an emergency and during emergencies. 

You can prepare guests for potential emergencies by designing a Guest Information Packet

This packet can include information like 

  • Emergency procedures 
  • Maps showing evacuation routes and safety equipment locations.
  • List local emergency resources, including hospitals, pharmacies, and shelters.

Utilize a way to communicate digitally with guests via email, SMS, or property management apps to provide real-time updates on weather alerts and emergency situations.


 Additional Measures for Guest Comfort and Confidence

Equipping your property with items like emergency lights, blankets, and basic supplies adds an additional layer of comfort for guests during unforeseen situations.

Taking a proactive approach to emergency preparedness is an investment in the safety and well-being of your guests and property! Remember, preparedness is an ongoing process, evolving with the changing landscapes and weather patterns of Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas.

Cold Weather Prep: How to Winterize Your Vacation Rental in Gatlinburg

Winter is upon us! As the falling leaves turn to falling snowflakes, now is a good time to focus on winter home maintenance – inspections, heating system checks, and protecting pipes from freezing.


Inspecting Your Insulation 

Energystar.gov provides a DIY inspection checklist. While this may be something that your property manager assists you with, it’s good to know what they will be looking for and why. 

The checklist suggest that you check your:

  • Attic insulation: This requires your physical presence in the attic. You can either read the R value printed on the batts of your insulation, or measure the depth.  Insulation’s heat resistance is measured by its R-value. The letter “R” stands for “resistance”. It refers to the materials resistance to heat flow or temperature conduction. 
  • Wall insulation level: This can be done by removing an outlet cover – shine a flashlight into the crack around the outlet box. This will allow you to see how much and what type of insulation is in your walls. 
  • Air leaks: Begin this inspection by visually looking for cracks and gaps at common leak points. If you find any leak points you’ll want to make a place to fill them with things like weather stripping or insulating foam. 


Inspecting Your Roof and Gutters

It’s important to inspect your roof and gutters to ensure that they are in optimal shape. 

Roofing repairs can be expensive. Time inspections allow you to fix problems before they arise. 

You’ll want to be on the lookout for 

  • Leaves and debris
  • Potential ice dams 
  • Water Damage
  • Missing or damaged shingles


Heating System Maintenance

Scheduling regular professional inspections allow you to ensure your heating systems are operating efficiently and safely.

There are a few things you can do yourself to ensure that your heating system has optimal performance. 

  • Regularly clean or change filters 
  • Ensure all vents are unobstructed 
  • Install a smart thermostat to help maintain a comfortable temperature at all times 


Protecting Pipes from Freezing

Before the winter freeze arrives it’s important to inspect and protect your pipes from freezing. There are a  few simple steps you can take to do so:

  • Inspect pipes to unheated areas – think, basement, attics, and near exterior walls that are most at risk for freezing 
  • Insulate the pipes that are frozen or could potentially freeze 

There are a few things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing, other than insulating them! 

  • Keep the thermostat set at a reasonable temperature at all times 
  • Consider leaving cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate if you will not be in the home for an extended period.


Winterizing your short term rental allows you to protect your investment, ensure that your guests are comfortable, and avoid potential costly maintenance! 


Fall Property Maintenance: A Comprehensive Guide for Short-Term Rental Investors

Welcome to our guide to fall property maintenance! Fall property maintenance is not only essential for the longevity and functionality of your investment, but it also plays a crucial role in attracting and retaining guests. 

In this guide, we will walk you through the essential exterior and interior maintenance tasks that every short-term rental investor should prioritize during the fall months. Let’s dive in and get your rental properties ready for the autumn season!

The Importance of Fall Property Maintenance for Short-Term Rental Investors in the Smoky Mountains

Not only does it ensure that the property remains in tip top shape it can also have a direct impact on rental revenue and guest satisfaction! By conducting inspections, investors can catch problems early on and prevent them from developing into larger, more costly issues.

When it comes to fall property maintenance, there are several tasks that should be prioritized. 

Exterior tasks include: 

  • Cleaning gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage
  • Inspecting and repairing the roof to ensure it is in good condition
  • Clearing debris from the yard and landscaping to maintain curb appeal
  • Cleaning and inspecting windows and doors for proper functionality
  • Inspection theHVAC system

Interior maintenance tasks include:

  • Checking and maintaining heating systems to ensure they are working efficiently
  • Inspecting and maintaining plumbing and electrical systems to prevent leaks or electrical issues
  • Addressing any pest control issues to maintain a clean and comfortable environment for guests
  • Cleaning, inspecting, and repairing appliances in your rental properties. This helps to prolong their lifespan and prevent breakdowns.
  • Cleaning and maintaining fireplaces, chimneys, and vents 


Safety and security measures should also be a priority when it comes to preventive maintenance! 

Safety and security maintenance tasks include:

  • Regularly reviewing and updating security systems
  • Checking and repairing outdoor lighting 
  • Checking and maintaining locks and entry points
  • Testing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are functioning properly
  • Inspecting and maintaining fire extinguishers

By staying proactive with fall property maintenance  you can reduce expenses, increase income, and ensure guest satisfaction in your short-term rental properties! 

Happy autumn and happy renting!


Pet-Friendly Perks: How to Make Your Smoky Mountain Rental Property a Haven for Furry Friends

The Benefits of Offering a Pet-Friendly Short Term Rental

The Great Smoky Mountains is a sanctuary for families, couples, and adventure seekers. For many of these visitors, a vacation isn’t complete without their furry friends. 

Offering a pet-friendly rental not only widens your target audience but also adds an emotional touch to your property – it signifies that you care about the entire family. 

After all, pets are family too!


Tips for Creating Pet-Friendly Spaces Indoors and Outdoors

When designing a pet-friendly indoor space, it’s crucial to consider both comfort and durability. 

  • Furniture selection is so important! Fabrics that are spill proof and resistant to damage are a good choice. Slipcovers can be a lifesaver, because they can be removed and washed when needed. 
  • Choose floors that are resistant to scratches and dents and are easy to clean. Muddy paws happen! 
  • Providing safety gates will allow guests to keep a close watch on their pets while in an unfamiliar home, creating a sense of safety! 
  • Having a pet emergency kit is an excellent extra touch. Provided pet specific supplies and a list of local emergency vet services, just in case! 


When designing a pet-friendly indoor space, it’s crucial to consider safety and security. 

  • If your short term rental offers outdoor space for pets a secure fence is a must! A secure fence prevents adventurous pets from wandering away, and provides a safe place for them to explore. You can enhance your pet play area by providing fun activities like ramps or a mini obstacle course! 

These considerations not only enhance the experience for pets but also ensure a hassle-free environment for homeowners.


Top Amenities for a Pet Friendly Short Term Rental

To stand out as a pet friend Short Term Rental property, the little things matter. There are a few ways you can separate your short term property from the rest! 

Provide a local pet guide for your home, with a list of pet friendly trails  in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along with pet friendly restaurants and other activities. 

Wash stations make a day of romping around in the park a breeze! Not only does this make adventuring more fun for your guests, but it also ensures you the cleanliness of your home. 

Looking to go above and beyond for your pet guests? You could provide a small welcome gift of treats or a toy! 


Recommendations for Pet-Proofing Your Short Term Rental Property

While ensuring pets are comfortable inside your short term rental is important, keeping them safe is even more important! How can you do that? Here are a few things to consider:

  • Check your electrical cords, making sure they are covered or safely tucked away. 
  • Purchase a locking trash can, this helps keep curious pets out of the waste. 
  • Ensure your plant choices are pet safe. 


Making your Smoky Mountain rental pet-friendly isn’t just a strategy; it’s a warm invitation to a broader clientele. Because in these mountains, everyone, including our four-legged friends, deserves a home away from home! 


Protecting Your Short Term Rental Property: Tips for Ensuring Guest Safety and Security


Ensuring your guest safety allows you to create an inviting environment which your guest wants to come back to enjoy for many years! 

We’ve gathered some tips about safety features you might like to explore for your rental property. 


Ensuring Basic Safety: Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Alarms, and More

The foundation of any safe rental property lies in the implementation of some basic, yet vital, safety measures.  These essential safety measures allow you to create a serene environment, providing the relaxing vacation your potential renters are looking for! 

  • Smoke detectors when installed in every bedroom, outside sleeping areas, and on every level of the house ensure guests are notified of the first detection of smoke 
  • Having an exit plan clearly displayed in multiple locations allows guest to quickly vacate your property if needed. 
  • Carbon monoxide when installed near sleeping areas and at least 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances alert guest of the presence of the odorless threat of carbon monoxide
  • A well stocked first aid kit allows your guest to take care of minor cuts and scraps. Accidents happen!
  • Having a fire extinguisher nearby allows guest to quickly extinguisher any small kitchen, fireplace, or grill fire. 

All of these measures combined play a crucial role in providing a safe and secure environment for your guests.


Boosting Security with Systems 

Having a security system in place helps to communicate your commitment to safety and security to your guests. There are so many security system options to choose from. Each of these systems has its own merits, and the choice would largely depend on your specific needs, budget, and the level of security you wish to provide to your guests.

  • Traditional security system – these systems are often controlled with an in property control panel that is connected to a third party monitoring system, and generally include doors and window sensors, motion detectors, and a siren.  
  • Remote security system – these systems are most often connected a Wi-Fi network and alert you directly on your phone if the system detects an anomaly. They are not often connected to emergency services. 


Creating a Safe and Secure Environment for Guests

Creating a safe and secure environment for your guests goes beyond the installation of safety features and security systems. It’s about ensuring that your property is user-friendly and caters to your guests’ needs while considering potential risks that could lead to accidents or injuries.

  • Outdoor lighting can ensure guests stay on the intended walking paths. 
  • Maintained walking paths ensure guests don’t have accidental slips or falls.
  • Handrails prevent accidents and allow guests to enjoy both interior and exterior features of your rental property.  

Providing your guests with a list of nearby hospitals and emergency contacts is another way of fostering a safe environment. In the event of a medical emergency or a crisis, having this information at hand can make a significant difference. It shows your guests that you have considered their well-being and can offer them peace of mind during their stay at your property. 


Childproofing for Young Guests

The Great Smoky Mountains is a family friendly vacation spot! Preparing your short term rental for families not only makes them feel invited, but encourages relaxation. Here are a few ways you might make young families feel invited: 

  • Safety gates  –  these can prevent adventurous toddlers from taking a dangerous tumble. 
  • Locking mechanisms on cabinets – these can keep babies and toddlers from easy access to cleaning supplies or other potentially hazardous materials.
  • Outlet covers – these are a highly effective measure to protect children from electrical shocks. 
  • Providing a high chair and crib – these can ensure young families the comfort they are used to having at home.  


Maintaining and Updating Safety Measures

Having these safety and security measures in place allows your Smoky Mountain rental property to be a safe haven for all guests that they want to return to year after year! 

After you set up these safety features you’ll want to routinely inspect and maintain them. These inspections can help identify and fix any potential issues before they become safety hazards.

  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested frequently to ensure they’re functioning correctly and can alert guests in case of an emergency. 
  • Cabinet locks should also be checked to make sure they’re operating as intended, keeping any potentially harmful substances or items safely out of reach of curious children. 
  • Outlet covers should be inspected and replaced if lost or missing. 
  • Safety gates should be evaluated to confirm they’re in good working order and can effectively prevent accidents on staircases. Regular maintenance checks like these can go a long way in preserving the safety of your property and the wellbeing of your guests.


In conclusion, setting up safety measures inside your short-term rental property in the Great Smoky Mountains is over utmost importance. By implementing these tips, you not only enhance the security of your property but also elevate the overall guest experience! 

Entertaining Guests in Style: Creating the Perfect Game Room for Your Smoky Mountain Rental Property

As we delve into the intricacies of owning and managing a successful Short Term Rental (STR) in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s crucial to highlight the importance of entertainment options. Offering a variety of entertaining amenities and spaces isn’t just about keeping guests occupied—it’s about enhancing their experience, creating unforgettable memories, and setting your rental property apart in a competitive market. 


Choosing the Right Theme for Your Game Room

Choosing the right theme for your game room is a key step in creating a space that is inviting, engaging, and memorable. Ideally, this theme should appeal to a wide range of age groups, ensuring that all guests, regardless of age, find the game room entertaining and welcoming. A well-chosen theme also helps to create a cohesive aesthetic and atmosphere in the room, making it more than just a place to play games—it becomes a setting for creating cherished memories. 


A Few Theme Options

Mountain Lodge Theme
A Mountain Lodge theme taps into the heart of the Smoky Mountain experience. This theme can evoke the cozy, rustic charm of a mountain retreat, coupled with the fun and excitement of a game room. Consider incorporating natural elements like wood and stone, using earth-toned colors, and adding decorative pieces that reflect the mountain and forest environment, such as antler chandeliers or nature-inspired artwork. This theme not only enhances the local character of your property but also creates a warm, inviting ambiance that appeals to all ages.

Vintage Arcade Theme
A Vintage Arcade theme can transport your guests back in time, creating a sense of nostalgia and retro fun. From neon signs to checkerboard flooring and vintage arcade games like Pac-Man or pinball machines, every detail can add to the authentic throwback experience. This theme is not only fun for adults who can reminisce about their own arcade experiences, but also for younger guests who can discover the charm of old-school gaming. The vintage arcade theme is a delightful blend of past and present, creating a game room full of character and charm.

Sports Theme
For the sports enthusiasts among your guests, a Sports-themed game room can hit a home run. Decorate with memorabilia from popular sports, use sports equipment as decorative elements (think baseball bat wall racks or a canoe paddle decor), and incorporate games related to sports, like foosball, air hockey, or a virtual golf set-up. A large screen for watching big games would also be a great addition. This theme can create a vibrant, energetic atmosphere in your game room, appealing to competitive spirits and encouraging friendly matches among guests.


Classic Games: Why It’s a Winning Move

Classic games have a timeless appeal, offering fun and engagement for guests of all ages and interests. Including these games in your short-term rental provides added value, making your property more than just a place to stay—it becomes an entertainment destination in itself. Additionally, these games create opportunities for bonding among families or friends, fostering unforgettable moments and stories that guests can take home with them. 

Pool Table
A pool table is not just a game—it’s a centerpiece that invites camaraderie and competition. It offers a fun challenge that both adults and older kids can enjoy, making it a great addition to your game room. 

Ping Pong
Ping pong, or table tennis, is another classic that’s easy to learn but hard to master, ensuring hours of fun. This game can be played one-on-one or in doubles, offering a versatile entertainment option for your guests. 

Foosball is a game that combines excitement, skill, and a touch of luck. It’s a compact game that can fit into smaller spaces yet offers big entertainment. It’s also a game that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages, making it a fantastic addition to your rental property.

Air Hockey
The fast-paced nature of air hockey makes it a thrilling game for your guests. The glow of the table, the sliding pucks, the competitive spirit—it all adds up to create a captivating and fun atmosphere.

Board Games
No game room would be complete without a selection of classic board games. They provide a break from screen time and encourage face-to-face interaction, laughter, and strategy. Plus, with a broad range of games available, from Monopoly to Scrabble, you can cater to various age groups and preferences.


Modern Amenities Matter: Arcade Games and Electronics

In the digital age, electronics and arcade games have become staples in entertainment spaces. These additions turn your short-term rental into an enticing hub of technology-based fun and relaxation. They provide an array of entertainment options that cater to different preferences and age groups, enhancing the overall guest experience. Including them in your rental can make the stay more memorable, increasing the chances of repeat bookings and glowing reviews. 

Smart TV
A Smart TV offers a vast range of entertainment options for guests, from streaming their favorite Netflix shows, catching up on the latest news, to watching live sports. It ensures that even a rainy day indoors can be filled with amusement.

Gaming Console
A gaming console caters to both young guests and those young at heart. Whether it’s action, adventure, sports, or family-friendly games, a console like an Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch can provide hours of entertainment and bonding moments.

Sound System
A high-quality sound system enhances the overall entertainment experience. Whether guests are watching a thrilling action movie, enjoying a casual background music or hosting a mini dance party, a good sound system creates an immersive atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home.


Designing a Functional and Fun Game Room

A well-designed and functional game room can significantly enhance the appeal of your short-term rental. Not only does it provide a space for entertainment and relaxation, but it also adds value to the overall guest experience. A game room that caters to all age groups and interests, offers diverse entertainment options, and is comfortable and safe can be the deciding factor for potential renters. It turns your rental into a versatile space for families, groups of friends, and even individuals seeking a fun getaway. 

Adequate storage space is essential in a game room. It helps keep the area tidy and organized, making it easy for guests to locate and store games. Whether it’s shelving for board games, racks for pool cues, or a cabinet for video games and accessories, thoughtful storage solutions contribute to the overall usability and appearance of the room.

Good lighting is crucial in any game room. It sets the mood, creates ambiance, and is necessary for activities like reading game instructions or ensuring a clear view during a competitive game of pool. Combine ambient, task, and accent lighting to make the space versatile for different times of day and types of activities.

Safety Measures
Safety should never be overlooked, especially in a space with various electronic devices and game equipment. Ensure all electronics are installed safely, with wires neatly tucked away. Keep heavy items secure and make sure games with small parts are stored safely away from young children. Also, consider adding a first aid kit in case of minor accidents.


Incorporating Additional Entertainment Spaces

Going beyond the game room, think about other entertainment spaces that could appeal to your guests. A home theater, complete with plush seating and a large screen, is perfect for movie buffs and families. 

Incorporating a snack bar with a mini-fridge, popcorn machine, or a coffee station can add a delightful surprise and convenience for your guests.

By prioritizing entertainment in your STR, you not only make your property more appealing but also ensure guests leave with fond memories of their stay. 


Remember, in the Smoky Mountains real estate market, it’s all about offering an experience that’s as unforgettable as the region’s stunning landscapes!

Maximizing Space in Your Smoky Mountain Rental: Tips for Creating Additional Sleeping Areas


Short term rentals offer an idyllic retreat when situated in the heart of the enchanted Smoky Mountains. When it comes to accommodating larger groups, space can become a challenge, but this doesn’t have to be a problem! 

With strategic use of space in your rental, you can not only increase sleeping areas but also enhance guest comfort. This blog offers practical tips to transform tight spaces into cozy sleeping areas, ensuring each guest has a comfortable spot after a day of downtown exploration or a mountain excursion.


Understanding the Need to Accommodate Larger Groups

Accommodating larger groups is more than just providing extra sleeping areas. It’s about understanding their unique needs and using space effectively. 

For example, during a family reunion, everyone’s needs must be met – privacy for the older family members, play areas for the children, and communal spaces for family gatherings. 

Maximizing space isn’t just about fitting more people; it’s about enhancing their experience and ensuring every stay is memorable through a blend of comfort, functionality, and ease of use.


Effective Space Management in Mountain Rentals 

Managing space in mountain rentals is a unique challenge. Amidst the sweeping vistas of alpine wilderness and azure skies, your rental property stands as a sanctuary. Inside, space management is key.

Creating an inviting space for larger groups while retaining a cozy atmosphere requires strategic planning and thoughtful design. Efficiency is critical, converting small corners into welcoming nooks, using sofas that double as beds, and incorporating wall-mounted storage to declutter the floor. The natural grandeur outside should complement the comfort inside.

This ensures larger groups enjoy an unforgettable experience, reveling in the tranquility of the mountains without feeling cramped in their temporary home.


Creating Bunk Rooms and Loft Spaces 

In bunk rooms and lofts every inch is vital. Consider built-in systems around beds, like elevated beds with sliding drawers. Wall-mounted closets and bedside tables are other great options, providing ample storage without taking up too much space.

Bunk beds are convenient and space-saving, but they must also provide comfort, privacy, and functionality. Beds with built-in storage can save space and keep the room tidy. Spaces between bunks can serve as storage niches for personal items, reducing clutter. 

Other things to consider:

  • Ensure enough headroom for lower bunks to avoid a cramped feeling. 
  • Ladders or integrated steps can provide easy access without sacrificing aesthetics.
  • Individual reading lights can also create a personalized, cozy space for each guest in the shared room.

With these tips, you can transform compact loft areas and bunk rooms into efficient, versatile living spaces that put every inch to good use.


Embrace Multi-Purpose Furniture to Maximize Space

Maximize space with multi-purpose furniture that caters to various needs. Whether it’s a coffee table that expands into a dinner table or an ottoman that unfolds into a guest bed, multipurpose furniture offers space optimization while injecting a sense of surprise.

Furniture that combines form and function can turn limited space into practical and aesthetically pleasing areas. Modern designs offer built-in storage and study spaces and by converting the lower bunk into a lounge area during the day, bunk beds create multi-functional spaces that combine practicality and style.

Convertible Sofa Beds, Loft Beds, and Murphy Beds are excellent choices for multi-purpose use. Each option provides unique solutions to space constraints while maintaining style and comfort. From comfortable seating to efficient sleeping arrangements, these pieces ensure maximum utility of space.


In the heart of the Smoky Mountains, every square foot counts. 

By implementing these innovative design solutions, you can create cozy, functional sleeping areas that will appeal to many. It’s not about adding more beds, but about making the space comfortable and welcoming through efficient design and furniture choices. Unlock the potential of every corner and make your space work for you.


Upgrade Your Smoky Mountain Rental with These High-Impact Renovations

When it comes to rental property improvement, focusing on the most effective upgrades can make a significant difference in attracting guests and increasing your rental income.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the best upgrades for rental property that can dramatically enhance your Smoky Mountain property’s appeal. From kitchen makeovers to landscaping improvements, these best home improvements for rental properties will help you create an exceptional and functional space that guests will adore. 

Let’s explore these rental property improvements and discover how you can maximize your investment! 


Introduction to Rental Property Upgrades

Rental property upgrades can make a substantial difference in the overall appeal, functionality, and value of your rental property. These best home improvements for rental properties can not only increase the number of bookings you receive but also potentially increase the rental rate you can charge. 

By concentrating on these high-impact areas, you’ll be making the most of your renovation budget and ensuring that your property stands out in the competitive Smoky Mountain rental market!


Kitchen Makeover Ideas and Tips

The kitchen is often considered the heart of any home, and this is especially true for vacation rentals. Guests often choose short term rentals over hotels because they want access to a fully-equipped kitchen. 

Some high-impact kitchen investment property renovations include:

  • Updating countertops with durable and attractive materials like granite or quartz
  • Installing new, energy-efficient appliances
  • Replacing outdated cabinets with modern, functional designs
  • Adding a stylish backsplash to create visual interest
  • Improving lighting with under-cabinet and pendant lights


Bathroom Improvement Suggestions

A well-designed bathroom can make a world of difference in the overall guest experience. 

Improvements to bathrooms in your rental property can include:

  • Installing new fixtures like faucets, showerheads, and towel bars
  • Replacing old toilets with water-saving models
  • Updating vanities and countertops with modern materials and designs
  • Adding a walk-in shower or a luxurious soaking tub
  • Incorporating spa-like elements, such as heated towel rails and rain showerheads


Fireplace Enhancement Options

A cozy fireplace is a highly sought after feature in a Smoky Mountain rental property. Enhancing your fireplace can create a warm and inviting atmosphere that guests will love. 

Some fireplace rental property improvement options include:

  • Replacing dated brick or stone with a modern, streamlined design
  • Adding a gas fireplace insert for convenience and efficiency
  • Installing a custom mantel to create a focal point in the room
  • Incorporating built-in shelving or cabinets for added storage and display space


Flooring Improvement Recommendations

Updating the flooring in your rental property can have a significant impact on its overall appearance and durability. 

Consider these flooring improvement recommendations:

  • Replacing worn carpet with hardwood or luxury vinyl plank flooring for a more modern and easy-to-maintain look
  • Installing tile in high-traffic areas like the kitchen and bathrooms for durability and more easeful maintenance 
  • Adding area rugs to create warmth and define spaces within open-concept layouts


Landscaping Enhancements for Added Appeal

The exterior of your rental property is the first impression guests will have, so investing in landscaping improvements can significantly improve your property’s curb appeal. 

Some ideas for landscaping property improvement include:

  • Adding native plants and flowers to create a low-maintenance and visually appealing landscape
  • Installing outdoor lighting to highlight architectural features and provide added security
  • Creating inviting outdoor spaces with patios, decks, or fire pits for guests to enjoy


The Return on Investment for These Rental Property Upgrades

While improving your Smoky Mountain rental property may require an initial investment, the potential return on investment can be well worth it. By focusing on high-impact rental property upgrades, you can increase your property’s appeal, attract more bookings, and potentially charge higher rental rates. 

Additionally, many of these rental property improvements can also improve the overall efficiency and durability of your property, resulting in long-term savings on maintenance and utility costs!


Investing in top rental property upgrades for your Smoky Mountain rental property can have a significant impact on your rental income and overall property value. By focusing on areas like the kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, flooring, and landscaping, you can create a stunning and functional space that guests will love, ensuring your property stands out in the competitive vacation rental market.