The US short-term rental industry continues to experience the impact of COVID and its new variants in a positive way. Many offices have delayed reopening or done away with offices altogether. Hybrid work schedules are the new normal, allowing more people to work remotely. Short-term rentals are benefiting from the increase of flex work, with more long weekend and long-term stays (trips over 28 days). According to AirDNA, long-term stays make up more than 15% of bookings, which has remained steady since the beginning of the pandemic.
Flex work is allowing people to do their job from wherever they choose, which has been disrupting traditional seasonal patterns in many markets like Coachella Valley and Scottsdale. Short-term rental owners in these markets are experiencing increased demand, higher ADRs, and more revenue year-round, largely due to remote workers’ flexibility.
So, what does this mean for you and your short-term rental? You should capitalize on the flex-work movement by accommodating remote workers in your vacation rental. By creating a remote workspace (and promoting it in your listing) you can attract more flex-work travelers who are likely to extend their stay and work comfortably from your short-term rental. Check out our vacation home designs and tips for creating the perfect remote workspace for your guests.
Use multifunctional pieces and small spaces
While a desk is ideal, it’s not your only option when creating a remote workspace. Side tables and bookshelves can be transformed into a desk with the right setup; all you need is enough surface area for a computer and supplies, and room for a chair to fit comfortably.
Not all short-term rentals have a spare room that can be turned into an office. Set up your remote workspace in a bedroom corner, under a staircase, or any nook where a desk can fit–just be sure it can function without getting in the way, connect to the internet, and receive natural light.
Splurge on a comfortable chair
A desk chair can make or break your remote work experience, especially if you’re sitting for long hours. No one wants to be uncomfortable while working, so invest in an ergonomic chair that will support your guests’ posture and maximize comfort. Select a chair with adjustable lumbar support, as well as an adjustable seat and armrests so guests can choose what’s best for them. Also, consider purchasing a laptop stand so guests don’t strain their necks by looking down.
Purchase shelves for storage and artwork
If your desk doesn’t have built-in storage or if you don’t have room for additional storage like drawers or filing cabinets, opt for floating shelves. Shelves are a great way to save floor space, declutter, and add some personality to the room. Provide baskets or boxes with additional office supplies, along with empty ones for guests to hide their extra chargers and cords. This will help guests get organized and ready to work without feeling cramped and out of place.
You can also use the shelves to decorate the workspace and spark creativity. Help the space feel more inviting by placing some artwork, books, or plants on the shelves. Adding a bit of color goes a long way.
Be mindful of the backdrop and lighting
If you can, position the desk to be in front of a non-distracting background. Think solid walls or bookshelves and not an open area with lots of foot traffic. Also, try to set up the remote workspace in a place that gets a decent amount of natural light. Natural light not only decreases drowsiness, reduces eye strain, and increases productivity, but is more flattering than artificial lighting on video calls.
Bring the outdoors inside with houseplants
Brighten up your remote workspace with a few houseplants. Plants not only purify the air and act as a living decoration, but can help lower stress levels and boost productivity. Plants also provide visual and sound barriers which can help separate your workspace from the rest of the room or area. Go for low-maintenance plants that are safe for pets so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Design for flex workers
The way in which people work and travel is changing, and you should prepare your vacation home to reap the benefits. More flex workers are traveling year-round and booking longer stays to work remotely, which means higher daily rates and more revenue for you. Capture flex workers’ attention by showcasing your short-term rental’s workspace in your listing.
Don’t have an eye for design? When you partner with AvantStay, you get access to our award-winning interior design team and services—free of charge! Our designers review every home added to our portfolio and create memorable and inspiring designs that transform spaces and increase value. We purchase the furniture so you don’t have to spend a dime, and arrange bedrooms and common spaces to maximize occupancy. Let us do the heavy lifting and work with you to create the perfect remote workspace for your guests.
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