Summer is just around the corner! Many families are gearing up and booking their Outer Banks vacation. It’s time for you as a vacation home owner to get your property in tip top shape for families to enjoy and create memories this summer season. See what exactly you should do to make sure your home is summer vacation ready!

Spring Clean

A clean home is a happy home, especially after being shut down and closed up all winter! Giving your home a good, deep clean is the perfect start to having a successful summer season. As a Resort Realty homeowner, you have access to our in-house spring clean and carpet care packages to make sure your vacation rental is in the best shape possible for all of your guests.

Manicure + Landscape

Let’s face it, curb appeal is a very real thing. When your home has a beautifully landscaped lawn and bright flowers that are cared for, it makes the property look inviting! Make sure your lawn is cut and not overgrown and that your plants and flowers are cared for!

Update Your Kitchen

Updating can be an expensive project but it can be well worth it. Many families that rent a home on vacation utilize the kitchen to save money on dining out. A dream kitchen on vacation can keep guests coming back year after year. Updating your kitchen can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint and new light fixtures or can go as in depth as new appliances. Everyone goes crazy over new, stainless steel ovens, refrigerators, microwaves, and more. If it’s in your budget, get some inspiration from Pinterest and consider doing a kitchen update!

Fresh Decor

Speaking of updates, why not revamp your decor before the summer season? Dark, wood paneling, outdated wallpaper, and old bedding can easily be updated on a budget! Fresh paint colors, simple bedding, and fun throw pillows can easily update a home. To see some of the best home decor trends, check out our home decor blog here! Little updates can make a huge difference!

Entertain Outdoor

A great outdoor space is great to have in the summer. If you have a pool area at your home, make sure the furniture surrounding the pool is in good shape and if not, invest in new chairs and tables. Make sure the grill is ready to take on a bunch of family cookouts and pool toys are free of holes and are ready to take a dive. If you don’t have a pool area, utilize your porch space! Ensure the furniture is comfortable, looking great, and the perfect spot for post beach relaxation!

Little updates throughout your home and utilizing this time to get ready for the summer season can make a huge difference on how many rentals you receive and how many repeat guests you keep! See some of the top requests guests have when staying in a vacation home. As a homeowner with Resort Realty, we make sure your property is as successful as possible. We want to keep you and your guests happy, so see how we can help manage your vacation property today. See our website for more information, give us a call at 800-458-3830, or email us at

When it comes to your home, you want it to be comfortable, cozy, and of course stylish. Take a few notes from the design trends we’ve gathered from across the internet, local businesses, and even our own homes to spruce up your own space!

Fresh Light Fixtures

Brighten up your kitchen with fun light fixtures! Property #5410 Ocean Star

Modern light fixtures like these found in the kitchen of Ocean Star #5410 can really brighten up your space! (Pun fully intended). With metallic colors like silvers, bronzes, and golds being especially trendy in home decor this year, you have so many options to make your home super up to date!

Make Use Of Natural Elements + Colors

Modern Beach House by Nicole Peters sure knows how to spruce up a space // image via Modern Beach House

Modern Beach House, a local Outer Banks interior design service and store hit the nail on the head with this buffet table display. The natural, tan colors of the table and the stark, white walls and topping are beautifully offset by the green plants! This look is easily achievable and can really brighten up your home. To see more great inspo and before and afters of local Outer Banks homes, take a look at the Modern Beach House website!

Shiplap Is Back

Don’t call it a comeback; shiplap is here to stay! Image via Pinterest

If you’ve ever set foot in a classic OBX beach box home, one thing you will see is dark and dreary shiplap and wood paneling. This can make the home look dark and dingy, but fear not, shiplap is making a comeback in a major way! A fresh coat of paint and bright interior furniture or furniture covers and take a drab room and make it fab in no time.

Create An Outside Oasis

Oceanfront porch swinging in style? Yes please! Image via Pinterest

When you’re on the Outer Banks, there’s nothing better than sitting out on the porch with a tall glass of sweet tea. Make sure your porch space is inviting and comfortable. Install porch swings or update the current seating you have with outdoor durable pillows and cushions for the ultimate relaxing space!


Make A Statement

Spice up your space with statement walls! Image via Pinterest

Tired of the same old paint? Make a statement with fun walls! You can get inexpensive wall paper and tile and create a focal point in a room to make it bright and inviting. You don’t have to stop at the walls either, a huge design trend for 2018 is statement floors and ceilings too! Think outside the box and be creative, just make sure you don’t go too overboard, pick one wall and off set the vibrancy with simple furniture and other decor!



Minimalism: A trend you can never go wrong with

Minimalism is a huge trend that we don’t see going anywhere anytime soon. There’s just something about clean lines, crisp colors, and the simplicity of a great room that makes it super relaxing and serene. Add pops of color to the walls and accent pillows to put a little color in the space. Fun lamps like the wave ones pictured in this bedroom from property Atlantic Breeze #5411 can really pull a minimalistic bedroom together!

Need an excuse to change your space? How about a new home! Browse the listings on the Resort Realty sales site and find your next home! Whether you’re looking to move to the Outer Banks for good, or find an investment property, Resort Realty and our specialized and friendly real estate agents are here for you!