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What To Consider When Hiring A Decorator For Your Vacation Rental Home


In a previous post, we discussed the importance of making sure your vacation home rental interior design is on point. For some vacation rental owners, an interior design challenge may sound like a fun project they can tackle themselves. Scouring through furniture stores. Looking at dozens of tile samples. Selecting artwork. Testing paint colors. For some, the whole process of interior design is exciting and appealing. 

But for others, the idea of decorating their vacation rental home is a bit daunting. Where do you even start? What if you pick the wrong color? What if you end up hating that tile? What exactly is shiplap, anyway? 

If you’re the type of homeowner who would rather have a professional handle the interior design for your vacation rental home, PMI Aspen Snowmass is here to help. The following tips will help you choose the right designer to help you maximize your appeal to renters and increase the return on your vacation rental home investment

Decide on Your Personal Style

 Fancy Sofa Choices - aspen Snowmass vacation rental interior designThe best interior designer in the world can’t help you design your vacation rental home unless you have an idea of your own personal style. If you’ve never thought about it before, now might be a good time to create a vision board

Start collecting images of homes you admire and want to emulate. Take a scroll through these gorgeous rental homes for some awesome Aspen design inspiration. Organize the photos on Pinterest or in a file folder on your laptop or phone. Or go the old-school route and clip images from magazines that you find appealing. You’ll soon start to see a common thread in the photos— this is your personal interior design style. This type of research will be helpful to you and to your decorator as you move forward in the design process. 

Look at Your Designer’s Style

 PMI Aspen Snowmass 720 East Durant Unit E-7 Aspen, CO 81611Once you’ve settled on your personal style, choose a designer who inspires you. Review their portfolio. Make sure the designer’s personal style meshes well with yours. 

Even though you are the last word in all the design choices, your interior decorator’s voice will also come through in the final design. Make sure their style excites you. Hire a decorator that doesn't view your personal style as a strict set of rules to adhere to, but rather as inspiration.

Have a Walk Through

Besides viewing a designer’s portfolio, you also want to have a walkthrough of your vacation rental home. Tell them your goals. Let them view your vision board files. Invite them into your space to walk around and add their ideas. 

Communicate your ideas clearly, but allow plenty of space for them to talk. Make sure their input is combining well with your vision. You want to have good chemistry with your designer, and feel like you are both on the same page.

Hire a Decorator Who Understands Vacation Rentals

Durable Style - PMI Aspen property management blog Aspen, CO 81611Decorating a short-term vacation rental home is very different from decorating your main residence. As we discussed in a previous article, you want to make sure that your vacation rental is durable and can withstand a lot of traffic, while still being cozy and welcoming. It’s a delicate balance. 

Some designers may have difficulty straddling the line between comfort and durability. Hire a designer that understands this balance implicitly, and is open and welcoming to the challenge.

Agree on a Budget

Once you’ve got the design plan mapped out, you also want to construct a rough budget for the project. This will help both you and the decorator stay on track and focused. 

Be realistic and thoughtful with your budget choices. Hire a designer who is open to collaborating on the budget. And always leave a bit of wiggle room for unforeseen expenses. 

Decide on a Timeline

Come up with a project timeline that you are both comfortable with. Depending on the scope of the design, your designer should have a timeline for project completion. For bigger projects, they should also provide smaller, individual timelines for certain areas of the design. This helps the final schedule stay on track. 

Find a designer that is comfortable with a detailed timeline. This is especially important with a vacation rental property. Finishing the project will determine when you can start accepting rentals and seeing a return on your investment. A project that drags on and on will take a big bite out of your vacation rental income.

Manage Expectations

PMI Aspen Snowmass.jpg: Color Swatches - PMI Aspen Snowmass 720 East Durant Unit E-7 Aspen, CO 81611How often do you expect to communicate with your designer? How is the billing process handled? How often will the two of you meet to walk through the progress? Who else from their team will be working on your home? Hammering out the details and expectations early on will make the project run much smoother for both of you.

Open Up to Recommendations

The best way to find a designer for your vacation rental home is to ask for referrals. Some local designers in Aspen and Snowmass specialize in vacation rental design, which can be very helpful for your goals. 

The expert property managers at PMI Aspen Snowmass can recommend favorite local designers to you. We know better than anyone how to make your home stand out from the crowd with exceptional interior design. 

Hiring a designer for your vacation rental home can be one of the smartest decisions you make. Travelers to Aspen and Snowmass are looking for relaxation and a sense of luxury. They want their vacation rental home to feel like a relaxing, peaceful escape. Hiring a professional to decorate your home will help you create this vital guest experience. Professional interior design also means that your online photographs are flawless— which is critical to generating more bookings for your Aspen vacation rental home. 

PMI Aspen Snowmass can help you choose the right local designer to help you reach your vacation rental goals. Drop us a line or give us a call today.