Vacation Rental Staging Guide to Kitchens

Welcome to Seachange Vacation Rentals’ annual Vacation Rental Staging Guide to Kitchens 2020 Edition. Each year we review and update our staging guides and make available to our property owners. This guide is a list of basic items necessary to stock a vacation rental kitchen. Surveys show that a well-stocked kitchen is the number 1 item that guests look for in vacation rental properties and yes, Guests cook. A lot!

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This year we brought the guide in at a total cost of $1996.54 (2019 was $1162.38 and 2018 was $1614.25).

This may seem like a lot of money, and it is. Remember that your vacation rental property is a business and should be treated as such! There are costs of doing business that are worth the upfront investment and will more than pay off in guest satisfaction, guest reviews, optimal rates, occupancy, and revenue. We assume that an owner is stocking their kitchen from scratch. You may already own some, or all of these items. You may be able to source from alternative suppliers and get better pricing. For this 2020 Edition, we sourced from Prime with free shipping. We created a shopping list on for these items, however, this guide does not imply support of any one supplier. 

We assume 8 Guests. This means that some items will need to be bought in multiples. We’ve indicated where this is necessary and adjusted costs accordingly.

Please be aware of the following:

      • We recommend white, and/or minimally patterned items since we find that these match any decor and are easier to maintain.
      • Pay careful attention to the photographs and buy similar items. Where the photograph shows an item with a lid: buy the item with a lid. If the photograph shows ceramic, stainless steel/aluminum, non-stick etc: buy the same finish/coating.
      • Pans – saucepans, fry pans etc.. We always recommend stainless steel. Avoid non stick coated pans. Even the higher end expensive non stick pans will not hold up to vacation rental Guest use. They will get all scratched up and hit your reviews negatively after only a few Guest stays. Stainless steel will last longer and can be periodically cleaned by our Housekeeping using Barkeeper’s Friend to remove built up stains.
      • We cover small appliances only. We assume the property already has a dishwasher, oven and stove top, microwave, and fridge-freezer with an icemaker.
      • Coffee makers. Do not go cheap with this small appliance. No need either to outfit your property with a complicated Italian espresso Rolls Royce machine! Guests overwhelmingly favor amenities that are well made, simply designed, and easy to use. We recommend the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew combination drip and K-cup machine. It retails $79 – $129. It is a multi-functional, well-made, easy to use beast of a machine that so far none of our Guests have been able to break! Regular drip coffee machines in the $20 – $50 range rarely seem to last beyond a few Guests before something breaks on them.
      • Acrylic and plastic items are included for outdoor dining and for areas with a pool and/or hot tub.
      • If we found a better price buying similar items grouped into a set, then we bought the set. If you see an item with a zero price, then it means it was purchased as part of a set.

Please let us know if we missed anything on this guide.

Vacation Rental Staging Guide to Kitchens 2020 Edition

Bakeware: Cost $146.65

Large/medium non-stick baking trays:
$0 (part of a $72.99 set)

Non-stick rectangular loaf pan:
$0 (part of a $72.99 set)

Non-stick square brownie pan:
$0 (part of a $72.99 set)

12 count non-stick muffin pan:
$0 (part of a $72.99 set)

Two non-stick round cake pans:
$0 (part of a $72.99 set)

Large non-stick pizza pan:
$0 (part of a $72.99 set)

Large non-stick roasting/lasagne pan:
$0 (part of a $72.99 set)

set 9 glass mixing bowls

9-piece stackable glass mixing bowl set:

1 cup glass measuring jug

1-cup glass measuring jug:

set 3 9 inch glass pie dishes

Set three 9″ glass pie dishes:

Set four measuring spoons:
$0 (part of $39.99 cooking utensil set)

Set four measuring cups:
$0 (part of $39.99 cooking utensil set)

Set three sieves:

Cookware: Cost $418.64

non stick v rack roasting pan

16.5″x12.5″ non-stick v-rack meat roasting pan:

1 Quart Saucepan with cover:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

2 Quart Saucepan with Glass Cover:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

3 Quart Saucepan with Glass Cover:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

3.5 Quart Sauté Pan with Helper Handle & Glass Cover:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

4 Quart Dutch Oven with Glass Cover:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

8 Quart Stock/Pasta/Crab Pot with Glass Cover:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

8″ Skillet:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

10″ Skillet:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

12″ Skillet with Glass Cover:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

20cm Steamer Insert with Cover:
$0 (part of $199.20 cookware set)

Over the sink stainless steel colander/strainer:

Farberware Edgekeeper 21-piece knife block set with kitchen scissors

Swivel vegetable peeler:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Potato masher:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Soft handled can opener:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Pizza cutter:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Large Ladle:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Basting/serving spoon:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Slotted spoon:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Slotted flipper:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Flat flipper:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

Angled flipper:

Balloon whisk:
$0 (part of $39.99 23-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set)

2 1/4 inch trigger ice cream scoop:

Box grater:

Silicone spatula set:

Basting brush:
$0 (part of $13.99 silicone spatula set)

Set bamboo cook tools:

Set 3 small, medium, large chopping boards:

Glassware/Barware: Cost $167.52

Set ten water/beer glasses:

Two sets of four stemless wine glasses: 

Two sets of six martini glasses 

Stainless steel martini shaker set:

Citrus squeezer:

Citrus zester/channel knife:

Corkscrew/bottle opener:

Tableware: Cost $331.12

Flatware cutlery set for 8:

Silverware storage tray:

Dinnerware set for 8 including coffee mugs:

Set 3 serving bowls:

Set serving utensils:

Set serving tongs:

Two sets of 4 placemats:

Two sets of 6 coasters:

Salt and pepper grinders:

Set two white oven mitts:

Outdoor Dining: Cost $254.83

Two sets of 4 servings melamine outdoor dining sets:

Two sets of 4 outdoor water/beer, and juice ‘glasses’:

Two sets of 4 outdoor stemless wine ‘glasses’:

Outdoor serving jug:

Set two 17 inch melamine outdoor serving trays:

Set two 11 inch melamine outdoor serving bowls:

Set 6 outdoor food screens:

Set grill tools:

Storage: Cost $19.99

Set Rubbermaid food storage containers:

Small Appliances: Cost $322.80

Countertop kitchen blender:

Countertop 12-cup kitchen food processor:

Wide slot cool touch toaster:

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew coffee machine:

Electric tea kettle with auto shut off and burn dry protection:

Housekeeping: Cost $335.09

Steam Iron:

Ironing board:

Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS Commercial Upright Vacuum Cleaner XL, Blue:

Long handle broom and dustpan set:

Paper towel holder stand:

Two step-on lid 13 gallon kitchen trash cans (one for trash, one for recycle):

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Seachange Vacation Rentals
Rental Office: 20 Baltimore Avenue, Unit 1
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, USA
Rental Office Telephone: (302) 727-5566