Over the last six months, almost half of our customers told us they plan to rent out their home when they cannot be here themselves. It is a great way to finance a home in Vallarta! Here are some tips we provide to our clients to ensure they get the best return on their furniture and décor investment.

Since a rental property's primary objective is to generate income, you want your place to be visually appealing to attract renters. Selecting the right décor style is essential.

Most renters prefer new, clean, and clutter-free properties. Keep painted walls and large furniture in neutral tones. Add a splash of color with a feature wall and décor items such as pillows and throws. Rental properties with neutral colors book faster than those with too much color.

Avoid clutter—review which critical pieces of furniture are required. If you have shelves in your bedroom closets, you probably do not need to get a dresser. The more furniture you add makes for more furniture that gets damaged and must be replaced. Keep small décor pieces to a minimum and look for items that will not break if accidentally knocked over.  Do not be afraid to invest in an amazingly comfortable mattress. Most renters prefer a medium-firm, coil mattress with a pillow top. Everyone remembers the place they stayed that had a great mattress, and everyone remembers the place they stayed that had an uncomfortable bed.

Another great buy is a waterproof mattress pad. Unlike the old days, the new ones are soft and made from a fabric help keeps your mattress stain-free. Buy more than one. Having two mattress pads and duplicate sets of linens and towels means less cleaning time required between the time one guest checks out and the next checks in. No one likes to arrive at a rental property that is not ready.

Although colors are pretty, your best bet for linens, sheets and towels are white. Hotels use white for a reason. White is an elegant color, and whites do not fade. Many people equate white with cleanliness, and that is important during these COVID times. You can bleach sheets with a load of towels to speed up cleaning between guests.

Glass tops help wood furniture last longer. An eight millimeters sheet of glass on top of nightstands, coffee table, and dining table will protect your furniture from scratches and condensation rings. Glass tops are an inexpensive way to keep your wood furniture looking new.Another great way to keep upholstered items looking new is to purchase a sofa, sectional or sofa bed that comes with a performance fabric cover. These fabrics repel liquid. I tested this to ensure it was as good as promised. I poured a glass of red wine on a sofa with a white color performance fabric and left it there overnight. In the morning, I wiped the red wine off. No stain! The perfect solution to repel suntan oils, creams, and sweat!

If you enjoyed these tips, check out my article next week – I will share more tried and true ideas to save you money on your rental property in Vallarta.

Do you need a super comfortable sofa, sectional or recliner? Are you looking to furnish a new condo? Are you interested in a Murphy Bed that does not rust? We would love to meet you at our NEW FURNITURE STORE in Old Town Vallarta. 363A Constitucion just off Basilio Badillo, where the buses are.