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The Ultimate List to Vacation Rental Upgrades

When you rent out your pad, it’s not enough to throw down a few pillows on a ratty couch and hope for the best. If you want a 5-star review, you’ve got to provide guests a 5-star experience. And we know just how to do just that. Below, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the ways you can attract bookings over your competitors and nab glowing reviews after guests finish their stay.

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You want your listing to be competitive, right? At the most basic level, here’s what some of your top competitors have stocked up on: non-alcoholic beverages, cooking oils and hygiene supplies. WI-FI isn’t an issue, there’s a code-based lock to enter, and guests know their recycling/composting options. No dirt or dust, either—your place must be clean.

A little effort, especially with personal touches, can go a long way to making a big impression. And good news: You don’t have to spend big bucks. You could write a list of your favorite go-to activities, recommended restaurants, or even offer first-time Uber/Lyft passes. If you’ve talked to your guests beforehand, leave them something you think they’d like—maybe passes to a yoga studio, gym or comedy club. Throw in slippers and a yoga mat and your guests might confuse you for the Four Seasons.

There are some low-cost entertainment options you could add in, too. Books, board games, and a nice TV cable package won’t set you back too much—and will keep guests entertained on rainy days. Bonus points if you want to install a surround sound system.

You can create your own “home away from home” for under $500 with fancy soaps, a nice coffee pot, a water filter and luxurious pillows/sheets/towels. A high-end mattress will cost more than $500, but adds to the comfort of a stay.

You want your guests to have an easy, hassle-free vacation at your home. Anticipate what your guests will need, by providing relatively low-cost items like a luggage rack, a toaster and USB charging ports/international power adapter.

Let’s say you want to create a little atmosphere, but you’re on a tight budget. Here are two quick fixes you could make for under $100: install remote control dimmers and blackout blinds. If you’re willing to spend a little more, think about getting the walls repainted, add some new artwork or shop around for some stylish furniture. And if you want to go all out, splurge on a luxury rain shower with a bench. After your guests have been exploring your hometown all day, there’s nothing better than coming back to a shower like that!

Thermosoft Issues Warm Floor Advisory for Halloween

Key Thermosoft employees were stationed at the reception desk of the company’s international headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL to warn visitors to avoid placing candy on their warm floors this Halloween. While it has long been known that candy can melt at elevated temperatures, (think of M&M’s melting in your mouth but not in your hand), the association between warm floors and melting candy is relatively recent, owing to the increased popularity of heated flooring and the easy installation of modern electrical floor heating systems.

Candy can be compromised by the elevated temperatures of warm floors which can reach upwards into the low 80’s (degrees Fahrenheit). While floor temperatures in the high 70’s and low 80’s are especially conducive to delightfully cozy Halloween evenings for people and pets, especially after long hours of trick-or-treating on a cool night, these temperatures can be compromising especially for chocolate.

Thermosoft is a USA manufacturer of electric radiant floor heating systems that are easy to install, affordable and energy saving. To assist the public in identifying candies susceptible to melting on warm floors, Thermosoft issued the following list:

Almond Joy, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Heath Bar, Hershey’s Kisses, Kit Kat, Milk Duds, Milky Way, Mounds, 3 Muskateer, Nestle’s Crunch, Nestle’s Chocolate, Oh Henry, Raisinets, Reese’s, Rolo, Snickers, Sno Caps, Payday, Peppermint Pattie, Tootsie Roll, Twix, Whoppers.
ThermoSoft Halloween 2016
Top: Witch (e-commerce), Captain Morgan (marketing)
Bottom: Wizard (webdev), Sally (accounting), Pikachu (sales)

The above list is not all-inclusive and other candy types and brands may be affected by heated flooring. If unsure about which candies will melt on a warm floor, Thermosoft advises placing candy in an inconspicuous area of the floor under adult supervision. If melting commences, please include it with the above list and retain for future reference.

Hard and chewy candies may benefit from some floor warming to induce softening. These include Bit-O-Honey, Charleston Chews, Dots, Laffy Taffy, Mary Jane and Sugar Babies. If in doubt about the potential benefits of floor warming to soften hard and chewy candy this Halloween, please test as mentioned above.

Thermosoft wishes everyone with warm floors a safe and luxuriously comfortable Halloween. Don’t have warm floors? There’s still plenty of time to install heated flooring before Thanksgiving!

Let Warm Floors Greet Your Guests this Holiday Season

Snowflake lantern

Torch-lite walkway, glowing entry, chestnuts roasting on the open fire, wassail simmering on the stove; these are some of the ways to make your home warm and inviting for the holidays. But if your guests will be spending a night or two, they will really appreciate warm floors in your bathrooms.

If you’re going to spend time cleaning the bathroom floors anyway, and quite possibly cleaning or repairing the grout this year, why not update the tile and while you’re at it, add soothing warm radiant floor heat. Radiant floor heat makes cold, hard tile floors feel warm and soft.

What’s more, electric radiant floor heat is easy to install. It only takes one or two days to complete a bathroom floor and $400-$575 in floor heating materials for a 30-60 square foot bath. Once you’re done pampering your guests, your investment will pay-off in your family’s enjoyment of warm floors for a lifetime.

Add to that the potential energy savings, and your warm floor becomes a good investment as well as an affordable luxury. The more heated flooring you have, the greater the potential for you to save energy by turning down the main thermostat. Incredibly, you will feel warmer while saving money because electric radiant floor heat is more effective and more efficient than convection heating systems.

If you feel like going all out this year, consider heating the kitchen floor where everyone congregates or the basement floor where the kids will be playing. Innovative electric floor heating systems have been designed for every type of floor covering and every room in your home. You can do it yourself or find a contractor. Everyone loves the comfort of warm floors.

Can You Become Healthier By Installing Underfloor Heating?

Are you enjoying the respite from the colder temperatures? Well as they like to say in that sleeper hit, Game of Thrones, winter is coming. Even though we are in the early days of summer, it might be the perfect time to start thinking about ways you can improve heating in your home in the wintertime.

When we talk about radiant flooring, we talk about a number of different benefits. It is more efficient than traditional heating systems. It is also very easy to install and could potentially increase the value of your home. It is also child-friendly and less noisy. However, one benefit that isn't mentioned enough is better health.

Breathe Better When You Choose Radiant Underfloor Heating

Do you have allergies or a child with asthma or another respiratory issue? You might want to consider underfloor heating to heat your home. Unlike forced air systems, dust, mold spores, bacteria and pet dandruff isn't being blown all over the place when you use radiant heating. Prolonged exposure to these things could cause or worsen your allergies or asthma. In addition to that, forced air systems tend to dry out your nasal passages, putting you at greater risk for illness. This is why so many people set up humidifiers in the winter months. This can all potentially be avoided with underfloor heating.

Underfloor heating eliminates the need for carpeting. No matter how much you vacuum, these microscopic specimens can remain in your carpeting. Combine that with fans blowing from a forced air system, and you have a recipe for disaster. Underfloor heating is hypoallergenic, and many homeowners who have installed it have seen remarkable improvement in symptoms for them and their families. Underfloor heating can also reduce mold and mildew that make their home in bathrooms and kitchens. Mold is another cause of allergies for people of all ages.

In addition to better breathing, individuals who install underfloor heating may enjoy therapeutic benefits as well. Just think about it for a second: no more cold floors to step on when you wake up. You can enjoy warm floors, which could help your mood. And because you're spending less on your utility bill, you might feel less stress as well. It's a win-win!

5 Budget-Friendly Upgrades to Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a Spa

Woman relaxing in tub

There's nothing quite as refreshing or rejuvenating as a relaxing day at the spa. To get that same spa feel at home, many homeowners are transforming their bathrooms into their own personal sanctuaries. Here are some ways you can make your bathroom feel more spa-like without breaking the bank.

Radiant Floor Heating

Imagine getting out of the tub and stepping your bare feet onto a warm heated floor. Radiant heat flooring is perfect for bathrooms, as it provides optimal thermal comfort and operates quietly and out of sight. Heated floors can be installed under all types of bathroom floors, including ceramic tile, laminate and vinyl. Best of all, warming your bathroom with radiant heat flooring is inexpensive, and the system is quick and easy to install.

Massage Shower Head

If you can’t afford a deep soaking tub, give your bathroom the spa treatment with a massage shower head. A massage shower head is obviously more affordable, and you'll actually use it every day. Your massage shower head will turn an ordinary daily task into a more therapeutic and relaxing experience.

Faux Wood Tiles

Wood is not the best material to for damp areas like bathrooms. But, wood can evoke feelings of peacefulness and warmth. Luckily, faux wood is made of ceramic or porcelain and provides the natural look of wood without the risk of water damage. Bring elements of nature into your bathroom by adding faux wood bath and shower mats.

Oil Diffuser

Infuse soothing aromas into your bathroom with an oil diffuser. With an oil diffuser, you can relax amidst your favorite scents, like lavender, citrus or cedar wood, without having to worry if you forgot to extinguish the candles.

White Robe & Towels

It wouldn’t quite be a spa without the luxurious white robes and towels. Install a robe hook and towel bar near your shower to really give your bathroom the spa look.

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