by Sarah Birbeck
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so it’s important you get it right from the start.
A long drive often culminating in heart stopping narrow Devon lanes can make for a stressful start to any holiday. Guests who arrive with tempers frayed are more likely to take note of any imperfections in your property. Avoid this by providing clear driving direction, this is particularly relevant if you know that your property is nowhere near where your SAT NAV states. Clearly sign the entrance to your property to reassure guests that they’ve arrived at the right place.
Once out of the car, often the first thing a holiday maker sees is your garden and outdoor spaces, be it simple parking spaces or an elaborate country estate. Be sure to keep your outside spaces clean, tidy and in tip top conditions all through the year. Make sure the garden is well tended and colourful pots will brighten even the dullest of drives. Paths and steps should be well lit, level and not slippery.
In the garden, provide good quality outdoor furniture, enough to comfortably seat the number of guests the property accommodates, maybe a parasol and a couple of sun loungers. BBQs are popular, but not all insurance companies approve of them, particularly if you have a thatched property, so always check your policy. If you provide a BBQ, make sure it’s well cleaned between lets.
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