Keys to a Successful Rental Cabin

Rental cabins have been popular among tourists visiting the Smoky Mountains for the past 30 years. However, some things have changed. What tourists were looking for 30 years ago is not what they want today. If you are going to do well in this investment market, you must stay current with what’s popular to rent.

Similar to fashions and cars, investment cabins have trends. Now a trend in the fashion industry may last one summer, and a car may be popular for a year or two. But, rental cabin trends seem to change every 7 to 10 years. For example, 20 years ago, a chalet with interior walls of sheetrock and decorated similar to a traditional home did very well on the rental program. 10 years ago, there seemed to be a shift in trend, moving towards cabins and away from chalets. Popular cabins back then were smaller and more rustic. However, today renters are looking for premier larger cabins with more amenities. Top producing cabins of today will have the following amenities:


All wood interiors or mostly (tongue and groove style- bark- timbers- barn wood- live edge wood)


Smoky Mountain Views and or Pristine Natural Wooded Setting


Large Decks


Lots of Glass


One or two game tables / pool tables


Hot Tub on the Deck


Vaulted Ceilings


Electronic arcade games, driving games, entertainment of all kinds, media and sound upgrades


Large flat screen TV’s or projector


Outside Fireplace or Firepit


Fantastic Upscale Smoky Mtn. Décor - Contemporary Vibes are Good!


Indoor Swimming Pool or Swim Spa


Architecturally Pleasing and Open Floor Plan


Ensuites– where each bedroom has its own private bath

Many of the amenities can be corrected or added. They do make a difference and must be considered when purchasing. Use this list to make your remodeling plans!

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