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How Plants and Curb Appeal Attract Guests

Posted by Kayla Thornton on May 28, 2024 11:30:26 AM

Unveiling the Secret Weapon: How Plants and Curb Appeal Attract Guests to Your Rentals 

In the competitive world of vacation rentals, first impressions are everything.Gemini_Generated_Image_l4xy9wl4xy9wl4xy While sparkling interiors and top-notch amenities are undeniably important, the initial curb appeal can make or break a booking decision. Here's where the power of plants and strategic landscaping come into play. Think of them as your silent, yet persuasive, marketing tools. 

Why Plants and Curb Appeal Matter 

Imagine two similar listings – one with a well-maintained exterior adorned with vibrant flowers and lush greenery, the other with a bare, uninviting facade. Which one would you choose? Most guests would gravitate towards the property that exudes a sense of care, comfort, and connection to nature. Plants and landscaping create a welcoming atmosphere, signaling to potential guests that they're in for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. 

The Psychology of Plants 

Studies reveal the psychological benefits of greenery. Plants evoke feelings of peace, tranquility, and connection to nature. A well-landscaped exterior subconsciously communicates that the interior will be equally well-maintained and comfortable. Furthermore, strategically placed plants can enhance privacy and create a sense of seclusion for your guests, making their stay more enjoyable. 

Planting the Seeds for Success 

  • Embrace Local Flair: Opt for plants native to the region. Not only are they easier to maintain, but they also create a sense of place and connect the property to its surroundings. This adds a touch of authenticity and reflects the local charm that guests might be seeking. 
  • Layer Your Landscape: Utilize a mix of plants with different heights, textures, and colors. Low-growing shrubs can frame the entrance, while taller trees can provide shade and privacy. Flowering plants add pops of color, creating a visually appealing space. 
  • The Power of Pots: Even limited outdoor space doesn't have to be a barrier. Strategically placed potted plants can create a welcoming entrance or add a touch of life to a patio. Choose colorful planters and seasonal blooms to enhance the visual appeal. 
  • Practicality: Choose plants that require minimal maintenance, especially if you manage multiple properties. Opt for drought-tolerant varieties to minimize watering needs and keep costs down. 
  • Don't Forget the Lighting: Soft lighting placed strategically near entryways and walkways creates a warm and inviting ambiance, especially during evenings. This not only enhances security but also extends the usability of the outdoor space for your guests. 
  • The Finishing Touches: Seating areas, strategically placed steppingstones, and a well-maintained walkway all contribute to the overall impression. Consider adding a small water feature like a fountain for a touch of serenity. 

Investing in curb appeal through plants and strategic landscaping is a cost-effective way to elevate your vacation rentals, attract guests, and ultimately boost your bookings. Remember, your property's exterior is its first impression – make it count! 

Barefoot: Your Partner in Success 

At Barefoot, we're passionate about helping vacation rental managers achieve success. We offer a suite of tools and resources to simplify your operations, maximize your bookings, and ultimately increase your profitability. From managing guest communication and reservations to providing valuable insights and data analysis, Barefoot empowers you to focus on what matters most – delivering exceptional guest experiences. 


About Barefoot Technologies:

Barefoot provides an all-in-one solution for vacation rentals and those that act more like resorts, with access to industry-leading partners to extend their technology stack. Our technology assists the professional vacation rental manager acquire and retain guest, owner, and vendor relationships with industry-leading trust accounting. Barefoot is under continuous development, with a new user experience being implemented as version 5.0. Because we place an emphasis on knowing and delivering on our client's needs, we have a 95% client retention rate. For more information, please visit the Contact Us page