4 Tips and Improvements to Increase Vacation Home Values

From bigger renovations to smaller projects, there are several things you can do to make your investment property more profitable. We’ve laid out three improvements to increase vacation home values, so you can make the most out of your rental.

Once you’ve made some upgrades to your beach house, it will increase the value and can make you extra income as a vacation rental. If you’re considering this next step toward financial success and happiness, we can help you reach your goals! Learn more about our property management services and contact us today!


Improvements to Increase Vacation Home Values

Update the Kitchen and Bathrooms

We’ve learned that updated kitchens are so important for guests when booking their vacation and can easily increase what they are willing to pay per night. Guests opt for a rental so the family has the option to cook meals and not eat out for every meal. So, kitchens with SLEEK, MODERN APPLIANCES stand out, especially if these kitchens have beautiful custom cabinets and countertops. If you’re looking for smaller, more affordable improvements to increase vacation home values, little touches like a stylish backsplash or a built-in wine fridge can really add value to your property.

Renovated bathrooms show that the homeowner cares about their property. Clean lines, TILED SHOWERS and TUBS, and WALK-IN SHOWERS really grab attention. It’s important to remember that families with young children often look for vacation rentals with at least one tub, so kids can still take their evening baths.

Keep Things Clean

An easy and affordable way to maintain your home and its value is to keep it clean. Don’t forget things like power washing, cleaning out the gutter, wiping windows, etc. With our vacation rental management, you can rest assured knowing your property is being well cleaned and properly maintained. To provide the highest level of transparency, we do not employ maintenance or housekeeping personnel. This allows our team to negotiate better pricing for clients without a potential conflict of interest.

Give Your Home Some Curb Appeal

Don’t forget about the outside of your home! Doing some landscaping to your home can be a fun way to spruce things up and actually increase the value of the house. Another great thing about adding some curb appeal is it can be as affordable or as costly as you’d like. You can DIY your garden beds and maybe even add a walkway. On the flip side, you can take on bigger projects that come with bigger rewards like adding a pool or fence.

Figure Out the Value of Your Home

In order to increase the value of your home, you have to know where you’re starting at. A great way to figure that out is to have a South Carolina home inspection done on your beach house to ensure your home doesn’t have any underlying problems you might not know about. From there, you can get an appraisal on the property to determine what the house is worth. We recommend doing this before and after any improvements to your home. However, getting all this done will cost some money, so if you prefer to only do it once, get your final home value after your improvements. You can get a general idea of what your home is worth via the real estate market before you make any upgrades. That’s something we can help you with here at Dunes Properties.

Keep In Mind: This is a much more important step if you plan to sell than if you’re looking to increase your vacation rental’s price per night.

Let Us Help You Reach Your Investment Property Goals

Humphreys Hideaway - Improvements to Increase Vacation Home Values

Once you’ve completed a couple of these improvements to increase vacation home values, you’ll be set to continue growing towards your financial goals. Our team at Charleston Coast Vacations is second to none in the area. We focus on our owners’ goals and optimize our strategies to ensure we align with their vision. We have years of experience providing top-notch customer service and work tirelessly to make your vacation homeowner dream become a reality.


Charleston Farmer’s Markets: A Complete Guide to Fresh Produce and Unique Gifts

There are plenty of Charleston farmer’s markets in the area to find local goods, locally grown produce, unique Charleston charms, and gourmet foods! In fact, you’ll find a different market in almost every nook and corner of the Holy City! No matter where you are, you can easily find exactly what you need! Whether you’re searching for fresh produce to cook up a meal in your vacation rental or a weekend activity that feels authentic to our city, these are the best farmer’s markets in the Lowcountry to visit.  

We don’t want you to miss out on the wonderful offerings in our city. Request our complimentary Charleston Destination Guide to find our favorite places to dine, drink, and play, all from a local’s perspective. We know you’ll want to soak up every second of your time here in the Lowcountry.  


Everything You Need to Know About Charleston Farmer’s Markets

Downtown Charleston Farmers Market 

Find the Downtown Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square. Dozens of vendors selling produce essentials, prepared foods, artisan goods, and more line the city park! You can also often find the Gullah sweetgrass baskets that are so iconic to Charleston history. This market is regularly open from March through November from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. They also host a Holiday market on Saturdays and Sundays in December.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market 

In addition to the many vendors and local goods you’ll find at the Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market, you’ll also find a variety of other offerings. Enjoy live music and children’s activities in this “festival-like atmosphere” every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re cooking up something special, be sure to check their guide to seasonal crops.  

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market – James Island 

You can find the Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market on James Island behind the Pour House every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll find a myriad of local vendors and live music! Plus, there are tables set up for you and your family to relax, listen to music, and savor a treat from a vendor. There’s a reason this Charleston farmer’s market is a favorite among locals.

Sullivan’s Island Farmers Market 

Enjoy browsing the Sullivan’s Island Farmer’s Market to find things like local artisan goods, fresh flowers, and premade foods. Experience all this with the backdrop of the historic Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. Check out this relaxed, family-friendly environment on Thursdays in the spring from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on the exciting live music acts at 4:30!

Isle of Palms Farmer’s Market 

Join the IOP community at the Isle of Palms Farmer’s Market every third Thursday from June through October. The event takes place at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll find a wide variety of local fruits and veggies, fun knick-knacks from local businesses, crafts, and everything in between! There is also live music and free face painting for the kids.

Folly Beach Farmer’s Market 

Spend your Monday or Sunday afternoons at the Folly Beach Farmer’s Market to shop for essentials and local produce. This dual-location market has quite a lot to offer and makes a great excursion for any Charleston visitor. The Monday market runs from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and the Sunday market starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. It’s located at 1229 Mosquito Beach Road, Charleston, SC 29412.

Find Your Ideal Spot On the Charleston Coast 

Charleston farmer's markets

Now that you’re ready to take on all the best Charleston farmer’s markets, it’s time to book your vacation! Everyone knows that the perfect vacation begins with selecting the perfect accommodations. Browse our portfolio of stunning oceanfront beach houses and condos on Folly BeachIsle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island until you find one that suits each of your needs. Take a look at all our properties to explore the possibilities for your trip to Charleston.

Start planning your beach getaway today by browsing our VACATION RENTALS. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lowcountry! 


Coffee Shops in Charleston That Will Make You Wish They’re In Your Hometown

If you’re like most people, you start your day with a cup of joe. You likely have a favorite coffee shop in your hometown, but when you’re traveling, you can experience what other cities have to offer. We’ve rounded up our favorite coffee shops in Charleston, so you can decide for yourself which is best. Whether you prefer coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or you need a quick bite; there’s something here for you.

We don’t want you to miss out on the wonderful offerings in our area. Request our complimentary CHARLESTON DESTINATION GUIDE to find our favorite places to dine, drink, and play, all from a local’s perspective. We know you’ll want to soak up every second of your time here in the Lowcountry.  


Get Your Caffeine Fix At These Delicious Coffee Shops in Charleston

Second State Coffee

Second State Coffee is a staple around Charleston with four locations around the Lowcountry. Their first shop opened a decade ago in Downtown Charleston. Two more locations are in Mount Pleasant not far from Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. The last location, under the name Broom Wagon Coffee, calls West Ashley home which isn’t far from Folly Beach. They roast their beans locally and currently craft 10 different blends. They even have their own matcha blend. If you stop in during breakfast, the shops offer cafe favorites like baked goods and sandwiches.

Mercantile and Mash

Much more than just a coffee shop, Mercantile and Mash combines coffee with whiskey, wine, butcher, grocery, and dining all in an awesome modern space. If you are working remotely and want a cool place to plugin in Charleston, this is a great spot. And if you’re looking for some steaks to grill in your beach house, you can pick up some great cuts.

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee is, like they like to say, “more than just a cup of coffee.” The shop hires people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and by doing so, empowers them and creates and more inclusive community. It’s not just a great idea for a business; Bitty and Beau’s is easily one of the best coffee shops in Charleston! If you’re not much of a coffee perfect, we recommend a breakfast sandwich or smoothie.

Vintage Coffee Cafe

Known for their great outdoor space under large live oaks, Vintage Coffee Cafe offers a classic coffee menu along with sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas. If you’re staying on Sullivan’s Island of Isle of Palms, it’s a great spot to grab lunch and a mid-day pick-me-up because it’s a quick drive from either beach. While you’re there, you can sit back and relax under the shady trees; you are on vacation after all!

Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer

It’s all in the name, Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer is a popular spot to get an iced coffee and an iced cold beer. Don’t expect to get work done here though; the shop doesn’t have wifi to encourage its customers to enjoy good conversation. They have a great courtyard in Downtown Charleston to do so and often host live music.

Clerks Coffee Company

Located within Hotel Emeline in Downtown Charleston, Clerks Coffee Company makes a great iced coffee on the go when you’re exploring our historic city. The shop is next to the Charleston City Market and just two blocks from King Street.

Enjoy a Fresh Brew in Your Beach Rental


Just imagine waking up to the sun rising above the ocean as you start to brew a fresh pot of joe. After it’s done, you pour a big mug and relax outside of your Charleston Coast vacation rental as the waves crash and the blue sky lights up. That’s what you have in store when you book a beach getaway with Charleston Coast Vacations! From Folly Beach to Isle of Palms to Sullivan’s Island, we’re sure to have the best selection of rentals for your trip.


Top 5 Rental Companies for Paddleboarding in Charleston

Charleston’s beautiful climate means that you can enjoy outdoor activities at nearly any time of year! There’s no shortage of things to do outside, and one of our favorites is to get out on the water. See the coast from a new perspective when you go paddleboarding in Charleston. Don’t worry about lugging your board from home to use during your vacation– we have plenty of options here. 

We know you’ll find all the fun on the coast! To get ready for the getaway of a lifetime, access our complimentary DESTINATION GUIDE. In the guide, you will find information on the coolest local spots, attractions, dining, and more in Charleston, South Carolina! 


Everything You Need to Know About Paddleboarding in Charleston

Folly Beach

Folly Beach Adventures

FOLLY BEACH ADVENTURES has it all! Whether you’re looking for a golf cart for the week or paddleboard rentals, you can find them here. You can rent stand-up paddleboards by the day or the week. If you’re renting one of our waterfront homes, consider renting one for the week so it’s readily available for a relaxing morning or sunset paddle! Plus, they have SUPs that are suitable for both the ocean and rivers.

Charleston Outdoor Adventures

CHARLESTON OUTDOOR ADVENTURES is all about getting out on the water. Not only do they have paddleboard rentals and kayak tours, but they also have boat tours and fishing charters. They allow you to rent a SUP for either 3 hours or 24 hours at a time. They’re also right next to the famous BOWEN’S ISLAND RESTAURANT, so you can grab a bite afterward! There aren’t any other rental locations in this area of Folly, so it’s truly a unique experience!

Isle of Palms

Carolina Surf and Supply

Carolina Surf and Supply offers paddleboards in many different sizes, so kids can easily enjoy the water too! Their boards range from seven feet long to 12 feet long. They also have boards that can accommodate 300+ pounds. You can rent a paddleboard with a paddle by the day or the week. Life jackets are not included but can be added on for a fee.

Coastal Expeditions

Coastal Expeditions has two locations, one on Shem Creek and one on Isle of Palms. Both offer incredible spots to immerse yourself in the Lowcountry’s waterways. You can rent a paddleboard for two hours or four hours. All the gear that you’ll need is included, and reservations are recommended.

Local Tip: Parking at their Shem Creek location is free. There will be a fee for parking at the Isle of Palms Marina.

Sullivan’s Island

Sealand Adventure Sports

Sealand Adventure Sports sells everything you could possibly need for watersports on the beach from wetsuits to kites for kiteboarding. They also offer paddleboard rentals for a day, three days, or a week. All the gear you’ll need is included, and they’ll even deliver everything right to your Charleston Coast vacation rental!

Book Your Charleston Vacation Today

paddleboarding in charleston

Now that you know everything about paddleboarding in Charleston, book your getaway today! Don’t settle for a boring hotel– a vacation rental is the way to go. We have a variety of stunning homes all over the Charleston Coast, including Folly Beach. Take a look at our VACATION RENTALS and see for yourself! We’re happy to suggest where to get the best Folly Beach kayak rentals, our favorite restaurants, or anything else that will make your getaway special.

Book your getaway today and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!