Is Your Home Staycation Ready?
Romantic vacations are wonderful. But they can also be a hassle. And an expense.
What if you could take the money and time you’d otherwise put into travel and put it into enjoying yourself in your own city and in your own home? Even three or four days can be turned into a fabulous staycation break from the hurry scurry of the normal day to day. Not sure where to start? Let us inspire you!
If you’ve been considering a kitchen or master suite overhaul, this is certainly a place to start on creating a room you never want to leave — even for a hotel. But think about how you might use an empty child’s room, or your guest room, to create a “zen” space or a movie lounge. Maybe put in a reading nook. Or just leave some open space for your meditation or yoga practice.
Think about your furnishings too. Before your staycation is the ideal time to recover furniture or add new. Maybe some luxury bedding or plush towels and robes are in order.
Take it Outside
Vacations are meant for lounging, and what better place to lounge than in your backyard? Unless your backyard causes you stress, then that kind of defeats the purpose.
Staycation preparation here can be anything from installing a new deck, patio, water feature, firepit or hot tub, to bringing in a professional landscape artist. Or keep it simple by putting in pots of colorful flowers or waving palms and ferns. You can install an outdoor fan, or add shade features like umbrellas. A hammock is the perfect staycation furnishing — especially if it holds two.
This may be a great time to think about your outdoor cooking and dining preferences too. New patio furniture or a grill, or a custom kitchen with a grill surround all make your home ready for staycation cooking on short notice.
Things to Schedule in Advance to Make Your Home Your Favorite Getaway Place
Instead of paying resort prices for services, you can fuel the local economy and indulge in some services for your staycation that will make your home feel like a top resort. Many of these services can be sourced through Thumbtack (and no, they don’t even know we’re saying that so they aren’t paying us,) an online resource that lets you get bids and review ratings from local pros.
One of the greatest luxuries of vacation is that you don’t have to clean — anything. So maybe you want to hire a good cleaning service before, and even after, your staycation. Let someone else get your home “guest ready” so you don’t have to.
If you love to cook, especially if you’ve updated your indoor or outdoor kitchen, think about bringing in a local chef for a private cooking lesson. If cooking isn’t your thing arrange to have a private chef prepare meals in advance so all you have to do is heat, plate, and dine. Wine tastings are also a treat for staycations, but you don’t have to travel to enjoy one — there are several services who will bring the wine and the pro to you or you can order a tasting set from The Tasting Room for a little DIY tasting fun. If you love being outside but don’t want to set up a year round covered dining area, schedule with a rental company to bring you an outdoor canopy and furniture for your staycation.
Most spa services you would enjoy on vacation are available in home too. Hire a massage therapist who does “out-calls” or schedule a private yoga lesson. Those are two perfect uses for that “zen room” you just decorated. If dancing on the patio has been a dream, and you have just installed a new patio or deck, christen it with a bottle of bubbly and a private lesson with a dance instructor.
Fun with Friends
If you can break away from the romance long enough to share time with friends then home offers another advantage over the travel-filled vacation. Your friends are a lot closer. Not only can you share the fun and good tastes of food and wine in your new kitchen or out in your revamped backyard, you can also create some vacation-worthy events. If you have a local musician you want to support consider scheduling a house concert. If you’ve turned that spare room into a movie haven you can “double date” and have a movie night at home.
Don’t Forget the Kids
Romantic vacations, or staycations, are usually more successful without kids. Even kids with fur can be disruptive. So make arrangements for the kids to stay with friends, or family, or (if they’re the furry kind) with sitters or the kennel.
You May Want to Leave the House Sometimes
Be a tourist in your own town and do the things you’d only do if you were showing someone your city. Try a restaurant you’ve never been to, or visit a museum or landmark you usually forget is there. Take a day trip to the country. Of if you live in the country, go play in the city. Staycation doesn’t mean you have to stay at home.
While staycations are usually shorter, and less expensive, than vacations, some of these improvements are major and will keep bringing you smiles all year round. If you are thinking of using the equity in your home for that new kitchen, bath, or dream backyard we’re here to help. Contact our experienced Loan Officers to find out how easily and quickly you can be getting your home staycation ready.