Whether you are purchasing a home in warm weather for winter or a getaway home in the mountains, a vacation home is a good investment. During those times you won't be there, you can make extra income utilizing your home as a vacation rental for travelers. While it does make sense financially and logistically though, there are a few things to consider. Before you choose your vacation home, let us walk you through some things to think about.
Having a Welcome Guide for your home not only is a great resource for guests, but it SAVES a lot of time for you! Welcome Guides are the go to resource for common guests questions about your home and surrounding areas. What your welcome guide looks like and consists of is solely up to you and there are a few options depending on your time frame and budget. Let's take a few minutes to ensure that your Welcome Guide is just what your guests need...
You have a gorgeous vacation rental with all the furnishings, amenities, and a great listing.....but what now? Pretty soon, you will be receiving your first booking or inquiry regarding your rental. How to respond is a question a lot of owners may need the answer to. Generally, most travelers will have questions and you should have questions too! The first initial contact is a great time to provide a friendly introduction and set expectations. During this time you can also vet the traveler to ensure they're a good guest for your home.
You have the perfect vacation home, now what? Decorating is exciting but we understand it can be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. As an owner, you want the best and take pride in your home. The first thing a traveler looks at when choosing a vacation rental are the pictures of the home. Presentation is everything and a lot of pictures with beautiful décor will definitely contribute to booking success! Need some tips? Read on.
Making your vacation rental stand out among the crowds makes a huge difference in generating bookings! We have some simple tips to point you in the right direction and on your way to being a listing master.
1. HEADLINE: SHORT, SWEET, AND INFORMATIVE
Creating a descriptive and to the point headline will engage travelers. The failure to include enough detail can steer people away. Choose a title that paints a picture. For example, "Lavish, 4BR getaway among the palms." For anyone seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle, a title with imagery will lure them in. You also want those traveling with larger groups(or smaller) to know how many people your property accommodates. What not to do: "Large house near the beach, perfect for a getaway, and great amenities. Centrally located, etc." This is more for the description of your property. Short, sweet, and to the point is ideal.
1. PUT YOUR GUEST'S NEEDS FIRSTS
Offer amenities to guests that will make them feel right at home. A house guide is always a great resource to let guests know where everything in the house is located. Convenience is key! Make sure to have new age, modern necessities : Wifi, Cable, Flat Screen TVs, Bluetooth Stereo, & Coffee Maker. Having extra items to enhance the guests' stay will encourage them to book your property. Travelers with children will be pleased to find Pack N Plays, board games, pool toys(if applicable), and other kid friendly items. Grills are always a plus for guests wanting to kick back and enjoy the outdoors. Going above and beyond with your kitchen and bath features is always a plus and draws attention to your property. Having a well equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, pots/pans, and baking dishes will attract those who are seeking a homey feel. Make sure your bathrooms have blow dryers, shampoos/conditioners/body wash, toothpaste, and the basic necessities needed that we often forget when packing. Little things make a BIG difference, after all, it's the little things that matter most!