When it comes to fully kitting out a home, there are a few different things you need to think about getting that will enhance the great experience that guests will have at your property, without leaving them guessing at why you forgot to include a certain item that they discover to be necessary during their stay. Whether it’s a corkscrew, tin opener or even a microwave, you may end up overlooking a remarkable number of items unless you have some prior planning in place – and a checklist.
Of course, several options may depend solely on the market you choose to target. That means that the likes of cots and DVDs for young children won’t be necessary for a cottage that caters primarily to young couples, for example.
So, without further ado, here’s a suggested list of items that you may want to consider adding to your inventory when creating the perfect cottage for new guests. Be sure to itemise each one before putting it on the lettings market – you may never know what you could be forgetting. While this will get you started, remember that expert agencies such as Wyndham Vacation Rentals (UK) will give you a much more comprehensive list.
The kitchen is the place where most appliances live, so this should probably be the main place to focus your attentions. Cookery is perhaps the most important factor of a self-catering holiday, too, so be sure to include the following things in your kitchen:
- Food and drink heating appliances including an oven, microwave, hob, toaster and kettle
- Optional food preparation appliances: a food processor, steamer, weighing scales
- Food storage areas, notably a fridge and freezer, with optional bread bin and pantry on top of standard cupboards
- Cooking pans: frying pan, saucepans, roasting tray, casserole dish
- Crockery: plates, bowls, smaller plates, egg cups, teacups and saucers, mugs, tumblers, wine glasses
- Cleaning apparatus: a sink, draining board, drying rack, washing-up bowl with brush and sponge, kitchen roll, tea towels, washing up liquid
- Cutlery and other tools: knives, forks, spoons, a whisk, cutting knives, bottle opener, rolling pin, chopping board, potato peeler, wooden spoon, and so on – check your own kitchen drawers for more ideas!
- Safety options, notably a fire extinguisher (CO2) and blanket
- Ironing board and iron
- Bin with lid
- Optional luxuries: a washing machine, dishwasher and tumble drier, etc
Bathroom and toilet
Much like the bedroom, it’s important to include a few things that will make a stay more comfortable – just remember basic hygiene rules and you won’t over or under-invest in your guests:
- Toilet brush
- Heated towel rack, bath mat and toilet mat
- Small bin with lid (preferably pedal operated)
- Shaver point and good lighting
As the most important sanctuary for a guest, the bedroom is one of the more appliance-light areas of the home. There are, however, a few things your cottage may benefit from:
- Small TV
- At least one lamp
- Radio alarm clock
- Luxury items: iPod/MP3 player dock