Beachside II 4356 Sandestin Beach Resort- Gibson Beach Rentals

As a homeowner, you are constantly thinking about ways to get more ROI for your vacation rental property. Should I upgrade this, should I get rid of that? The kitchen is what makes your vacation rental superior to any hotel around town – not only that, but 64 percent of renters say the vacation rental kitchen is the top amenity that motivates them to pick one property over another. The kitchen is not only a place that can provide a space that is comforting but also is something that the guests will enjoy using. That is why doing these 5 budget-friendly kitchen upgrades can do just that and increase your return on investment!



When it comes to appliances, this is the first thing that guests look at when it comes to looking at pictures online. Are they upgraded and new, or do they look like they were installed when the building was built? These sorts of things are all questions that guests ask when looking to find the perfect vacation rental property, especially in the Destin and Santa Rosa Beach area. Stainless steel appliances are the way to go when looking for a more modern & upgraded look.

Budget-friendly kitchen upgrade suggestion: we recommend ensuring that all your appliances are uniformed to one color. You don’t want to have white major appliances with black small appliances such as a blender, coffee pot, etc. When everything matches, it photographs well, while you save up for your appliance overhaul.



The cabinets are next on our list because they are another major focal point of your kitchen, making it a focal point of your home. Are your cabinets looking dated and like they need to be replaced? Many guests will compare kitchens with one another to determine which one will give them more open counter space as well as additional pantry space for all of their belongings. Remember, they are buying groceries for a week or month even sometimes We have good news for you: Consider refacing your cabinets. A lot of times if your cabinets are still functional and still in decent shape, your cabinets are good candidates for being refaced.

Budget-friendly kitchen upgrade suggestion: If you don’t want to reface your cabinets another option would be to have your cabinets painted. It is an easier project to take on and you can either do it yourself or hire a professional.



Lighting can go a long way when it comes to your home but especially in the kitchen. This is one of the least expensive upgrades when it comes to the kitchen but can create the mood for the entire home. Try placing some LED puck lights under your cabinets to really liven up the place.

Budget-friendly kitchen upgrade suggestion: Make a statement in your beach rental with these Coastal Chandeliers you will love in 2020 the perfect place to put them would be over your island or counter.



Ah the countertops, yet another focal point of your beautiful kitchen. This is the place where your guests will pour their drinks and prepare their food, so it needs to catch their eyes in a good way and not let them think of it in a negative one. The most obvious update would be to upgrade your countertops with either marble or granite. This gives it a more modern and updated look.

A more budget-friendly kitchen upgrade suggestion for your countertops would be to try either painting your countertops, using concrete to change up the look, or even using tile to give your countertops a whole new feel without having to replace your counters completely.



A fresh coat of paint can liven up the home, especially in the kitchen. It is relatively inexpensive and can change the feel of the entire room. When it comes to the colors, we recommend going with something neutral and using accent pieces to define the color in your home. Colors that are too bright or too dark can close off the room and do the opposite of what you are wanting to do in the first place.

Our budget-friendly kitchen upgrade suggestion would be to pick a color that will work in more than one room. This way, you can use the paint and if minor touchups are needed to be done throughout the season, you don’t have to go out and purchase different cans of paint for each room that needs touchups.


When it comes to your vacation rental our whole team at Gibson Beach Rentals knows that you want to do everything to get the most bang for your buck. Looking into these 5 things may be just the thing you need to bring your investment to the next level in 2020. Have questions on how your property can be more attractive to renters? Reach out to us today!

Featured photo credit: You will find updated appliances that will be “Shore to Please” in Gibson Beach Rentals’ Beachside II 4356 in the Sandestin Beach Resort.