If you’re looking to invest in a second home that you plan to use as a vacation rental, the Outer Banks is an optimal location choice. With approximately 5 million tourists visiting the Outer Banks each year, not only will you be buying a home in one of the most desired areas on the east coast, but you will be in the perfect place to rent your home for supplemental income purposes. Not all vacation rentals are created equal, however, so here are a few home features that are most popular among renters to take into consideration when looking to buy a home you intend to rent out.
An Amazing View
When vacationing on the Outer Banks, visitors are never too far from a spectacular view, but one of the most desired features of a vacation rental home among tourists is having one right in their rental. Choose a home with the view of one of the areas many sounds, the ocean, or even just an open, spacious stretch of beautiful land. Not only will this be a feature that will help to ensure that your home is rented before others in the area, but it will be something you and your family can enjoy for yourselves for years to come.
Outdoor Deck/ Patio
Peak visiting season on the Outer Banks occurs when the weather is warm and suitable for doing just about everything outside, including dining and entertaining. Choose a home with an outdoor deck or patio, or one you will be able to add outdoor living spaces to in the future. The ability to spend time outside enjoying all of the comforts and luxuries of the indoors will attract renters to your home.
Private Beach/ Beach Access
One of the most popular amenities of vacation rentals on the Outer Banks is a private beach, or private beach access. If you decide an oceanfront home is what you want to invest in, consider finding one with its own access to the ocean for optimal rentability! Soundfront homes also offer favored access to boating, fishing and watersports, too!
If you’re not able to buy an Outer Banks home with its own private beach or beach access, consider a home with a private pool, another of the top amenities desired by vacationers. Be sure to check with home owners associations to ensure that you are not purchasing a home in which you will be unable to install a pool if you decide it is a feature you want to include.
Other popular vacation rental amenities that attract travelers include Wi-Fi internet access, washer and dryer accessibility and housekeeping services. Keep all of the above features in mind when searching for your new Outer Banks home if you intend to rent it out to vacationers.