Make your mid-term rental a welcoming place your guests will love

How To Create A Mid-Term Rental That Guests Will Love

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Mid-term rentals are becoming increasingly popular as a more affordable and flexible alternative to long-term leases. In this article, we’ll look at the differences between short-term and mid-term rentals, and the key features you need to create a mid-term rental experience your guests will love.

What’s The Difference Between A Short-Term Rental and a Mid-Term Rental?

If you’re thinking of switching up your rental offering to Mid-term stays, you’ll want to know the difference between the two.

  • Short-term rentals are typically rented for less than 30 days and are often used by vacationers or business travelers who need a place to stay for less than 30 days. Short-term rentals have typically been subject to less regulation than long-term rentals, which can be easier for hosts to manage. However, that has changed over time with new laws and regulations in some localities. Short-term stays can require more turnover time and expense and may cause more wear and tear on your property.
  • Mid-term rentals are typically available for a period of 30 days to 12 months. They can appeal to people who are relocating for a job or school, or who need a temporary place to stay while their home is being renovated. Your guests might include traveling professionals, medical staff, and digital nomads. Mid-term rentals offer conveniences for hosts and guests alike. It can mean less turnover effort and expense, easier communication, and a more consistently filled calendar.

    Learn more in our breakdown of Short-Term vs. Mid-Term Rentals
  • Legal concerns: When switching from short-term to mid-term rentals, it’s important to be aware of the legal requirements where your property is located. Some states regulate mid-term rentals much in the same way as they do long-term rentals, including enforcing tenant’s rights and requiring leases. Contact your local city, county, and state offices to find out what your responsibilities are regarding stays over 30 days.

Features That Your Mid-Term Rental Guests Will Love

There are a number of features that can make a mid-term rental appealing to guests.

  • A dedicated workspace. A dedicated workspace is essential for guests who need to work from home. This workspace should include a desk, chair, and good lighting. Don’t forget to add conveniences like chargers and pens and paper!

    The Lovouse 55” L Shaped Computer Desk with Power Outlets has you covered with lots of surface space for working and the equipment your guests need to keep their devices running without interruption. This desk offers multiple configurations that can accommodate one or two people.
  • A well-stocked kitchen– Delight your guests who want to cook their own meals. Your kitchen should be equipped with all the essentials, such as a stove, oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher, pots & pans and nice dishes. For quick meal warm-ups for professionals on the go, make sure your kitchen space includes a microwave as well.

    Don’t forget to create an inviting coffee experience for your guests. The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Trio Coffee Maker makes a single cup and full 12-cup pot of coffee and is compatible with K-Cup pods or grounds. With 4.5 stars and 31,000 reviews, this coffee maker may be just what you need for your mid-term rental.
  • A comfortable living area– Your guests will want a nice space to relax and unwind. This area should include at a minimum a sofa, chairs, TV, and strong WiFi. Our favorite brand of smart TVs for rentals is TCL, which has many sizes and features to choose from. You can find one perfect for your space at their TCL store.
  • A washer and dryer– A washer and dryer is a must-have for guests who want to do their own laundry. This will save guests time and money on laundry services. The new GE Profile Smart Front Load Washer/Dryer Combo has a 4.8 cu. ft. capacity, 12 wash cycles, 14 dryer cycles, and uses a ventless heat pump to dry clothes for efficiency and energy savings. This is a space-saving dream come true for your mid-term rental!
  • A pet-friendly policy– A pet-friendly policy will allow guests to bring their furry friends with them during their stay. Your guests will love it if you have a designated outdoor space for their pets and places where they can rest inside. The Dog’s Bed brand Orthopedic Dog Bed  has a plush memory foam pad and a waterproof washable cover that makes it easy to care for in between guests.
  • A central location– A central location is important for guests who want to be close to shops, restaurants, and attractions. This will make it easy to get around and explore their surroundings. Be sure to offer menus and brochures for local eateries and coffee shops, as well as must-see places in your community. You can store these items in a drawer or display them for easy access in your Meadowsweet Kitchens Takeout Menu Organizer. You can also set up an online guide in your listing if your rental platform offers that.
  • A parking space– A parking space is important for guests who have cars. This will allow guests to park their cars safely and easily. Be sure to mark parking areas carefully with signage so your guests know where to safely store their vehicles.
  • A safe and secure environment– A safe and secure environment is important for guests who want to feel comfortable and secure in their rental. This includes features such as security cameras and deadbolt locks. Arlo makes a variety of outdoor security camera systems that are convenient and affordable. Choose the system that’s right for you in their Arlo brand shop

    Warning: You must inform your guests that there are cameras on site in your listing and ideally with signage on your property. The best security cameras enhance a guest’s experience rather than monitors their every move. And remember; cameras inside violate platform rules!


Mid-term rentals offer a number of benefits for guests, including affordability, spaciousness, flexibility, and many of the comforts of home. Adding features to enhance their experience will make your guests love to return to your mid-term rental again and again.  

What are some features you think are essential for your mid-term rental? Share your ideas in the comments!

About the Author Beth McGee

Beth McGee is an Airbnb Superhost and a home cleaning and organization expert. Beth enjoys helping hosts succeed in the short-term rental industry through virtual services such as listing setup, guest relations, and creating an excellent guest experience. She is the author of Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master, a best-selling book that has helped thousands of readers improve their well-being and STR experience by transforming their homes into spaces of comfort and cleanliness.