Tips to a 5-Star Rating: Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals


Tips For Getting 5-Star Reviews on St. George Island

Think of the last time you took your family on a vacation. Your vacation rental process probably started with reviewing photos of the homes that will accommodate you and your guests, right?  Besides price and location, what were some deciding factors towards choosing your accommodations?


Now more than ever guests expect updated appliances and décor. If the rental offers unique character…that’s even better.   Now, let’s say, after checking in, you discover the bed is uncomfortable, the refrigerator is decades old and there is a leak in the bathroom. That place will definitely be off your list for the next visit, right? In addition to not booking another stay at that home, you would probably tell friends and family about the stay and may even go online to write a review ranking the home one or two stars.


DON’T let this be your vacation home.

Updating your vacation rental is a great way to promote guests returning year after year! Here are a few tips on how to reach that 5-star rating.


Update your vacation rental



Do your current appliances make your guest think they have time traveled a few decades in the past? Consider updating your appliances. The last thing you would want is for the microwave to give out on a guest during their stay. It’s important that your guests have confidence using your vacation rental’s appliances.


In addition to having confidence in the safety of the available appliances, they need to be user-friendly and clean. Additionally, choosing modern items which match the layout and color of your vacation rental are sure to catch the eye of would-be renters. As a bonus, with the new energy-saving options available, updating the appliances in your rental home benefits the environment and your wallet by lowering energy consumption.

Some small items to consider updating that could make a big difference are a microwave, toaster oven, or coffee maker.


Bedroom: Mattress & Pillows

When was the last time you changed the mattresses in your vacation home? A mattress can be a huge deal breaker for guests wanting to book your home again. The idea is to ensure each guest has a good night sleep. No one wants to start their day with a stiff back.

Check your mattresses. If there are signs of tears, sagging, or stains, you should consider replacing them.


We want your guests to continuously rent your vacation home. Here are some things to consider when you’re revamping the beds:

  • Mattress: A bad mattress can lead to a number of problems, besides running a guest away, including back pain, lack of sleep, and irritation from allergies. Invest in a mattress that supports and comforts the whole body. Sometimes, something a small as adding a mattress topper might provide additional comfort.

Older mattress holds on to dust mites which can be detrimental to someone that has an allergy reaction. It causes sneezing, itching, coughing, and other symptoms that no one wants to deal with while they are on vacation. A high-quality waterproof mattress cover will keep out bed bugs, dust mites, and allergens.


  • Pillows: Pillows are just as important as mattresses. They provide support to the neck and spine. The article, Pillow Support, and Comfort explains the importance of having good pillows.



We have all heard of the saying, “The kitchen is the heart of the home.” This saying even applies vacation homes. The key to preparing a vacation rental kitchen is simplicity. Make it easy for guests to utilize what’s in the kitchen.

Look at some of these tips:

  • Good quality cookware: Invest in cookware that will last a while and won’t start to chip after a few uses. Cheaper cookware will start to look bad and even change the way the food tastes. That’s not good!
  • Dinnerware: Visually, matching plates would indicate good quality. We suggest offering twice as many plates and bowls than the total number of guest your rental accommodates. Meaning, if a home sleeps 6 then home should have 12 plates and 12 bowls available.

Wine glasses are optional of course, but it’s something great to keep on hand. Go for the wine glasses without a stem because they are a little more durable than stemmed glasses.  We have many of these items on hand if you need – just ask!



From inside to the outside, maintaining your home a little can go a long way!  Any little leaks or cracks can quickly become huge leaks or cracks, which can ruin any vacation. At Fickling Vacation Rentals we understand the importance of routine maintenance and regular inspections. That is why we always notify you when your home is in need of a repair.  Often we hear that maintaining your home is too expensive, but look at it like it’s a re-investment…guests will want to come back if the home is well maintained by the owner – or – if you put something off it could result in us having to relocate a guest to another home during their stay.


Guests write reviews on places they really loved and places they would never recommend. Just by keeping your vacation rental up-to-date, you’re sure to keep a 5-star rating. If you need any assistance or advice, feel free to contact us. We will gladly help with ideas to update your fantastic vacation home.