AMA: how to make your vacation rental more accessible
We talk to Lorraine Woodward, founder of Becoming rentABLE, about how some creative thinking and simple changes can make your holiday property accessible to a greater range of people.
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Here’s a recording of our chat with Lorraine. Or, head over to our blog to read a summary of the juiciest details. We’ve also picked out the AMA highlights and their timings below.
“When a renter comes to our property I ask them, ‘Why did you travel 2.5 days from Canada to North Carolina?’, and they say, ‘Lorraine, there’s nothing in between here and there that’s accessible.'” – Lorraine
“Part of the process is rethinking how you position accessibility in your narrative. You just have to be a little creative and think about how your space could be accessible – sit in a kitchen chair and see where that chair can go; if you have a friend who uses a wheelchair or walker, invite them over to see what access they might have” – Lorraine
“Some people may look at what the basketball brackets are because basketball is really important to their everyday life – disability is a way of life for me. So I’m in that mindset of thinking about what’s accessible, a lot of people aren’t in that mindset and don’t think about those things. That’s what we’re here to do, we want to put that information forward.” – Lorraine
“In my ignorance, I think it’s more complicated than it is, but you’ve articulated some really simple ways that you can make a property accessible” – Andy
“Our aim is to be out of business in ten or fifteen years, for this to have become a way of life, our job is done and we can move onto the next entrepreneurial activity” – Lorraine