Are you one of the thousands who have got a residential property ready for renting to guests in the region? Let’s say you tick this box and the space has all the basics—beds, TVs, table, and chairs—and it’s in an excellent area of Dubai. You have it listed on Airbnb, Homestay, and all the important short-term rental online platforms, but it’s hardly ever booked. And the guests who do stay don’t complain, but they’re not leaving five-star guest reviews?
In a market that is as competitive as the Middle East, standing out amongst the crowd is vital and a key part of increasing your bookings for short-term rentals. Here to help turn your short-term rental from basic to beautiful, the team at Frank Porter Design answer the 8 most asked questions relating to turning your home into a successful hosting. From adding art to the walls, crafting and creating a look and feel for each room and finding the best bargains for everything from furniture to bed sheets, Frank Porter Design is on hand to turn every listing from shabby to chic.
1. What product features in short-term rentals are bound to attract more guests? I think guests are attracted to the lifestyle that the property offers. So when we style and photograph the property we make sure everything is perfect. A beautiful bed and comfy sofa always helps.
2. What tips can you share on making a stellar listing? Presentation is everything! We use exceptional photographs to highlight the property’s best features. Cleanliness is key – this can be done by showing the bed perfectly made up with decorative cushions and throws, fresh towels hanging in the bathroom. We lay the dining table and create an attractive scene so the guests can visualise themselves staying at the property. Such simple things really increase apartment appeal.
3. What makes Frank Porter Design different from its competitors? We deliver bespoke designs and styles tailored to the taste of our client and the features of the apartment from minimalist to lush, colourful, splendour. We aim to produce a flawless balance of décor and space.
4. How do you make the most of a small space? For us small spaces are the most interesting to work with in terms of styling and photography. Think minimalist and mirrors. Use vertical space for example above cupboards, buy furniture with built in storage space, only put in what is essential, make room dividers storage spaces, and use textiles to cover open shelves to reduce the appearance of clutter.
5. What promise can you make to home-owners who choose to work with Frank Porter Design? At Frank Porter Designs we promise to deliver an individual, premium design for every client quickly and within budget.
6. What is your go-to store for interior design? Well, we like Ikea because they have a great range of cost effective furnishing solutions as do Homecentre, HomesRus, and Pan Emirates. We also love finding feature items from local boutique stores to add a unique ambience to each property.
7. What is your favourite room/property to ‘make over’ or ‘do up’? We would have to say the living area as this is where guests spend most of their time. It needs to be relaxing, cosy and inviting. We normally create this atmosphere by using decorative lighting, sofas filled with inviting cushions and throws, and colourful carpets.
8. What advice would you give to home-owners who are new to the short term market game? Choose a sensible balance between the location, local amenities, and cost of the property. Be realistic in your estimate of occupancy rate and rental income. Design the interior for durability but make it welcoming and instantly liveable. Research the market and understand what is practical…..what you can do at home versus what is suitable for a commercial space. With Expo around the corner, signing up to Frank Porter and making the most out of short-term rental opportunities has never been so crucial. Stay ahead of the game and jump on the bandwagon this year.
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