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!
2. LIST YOUR PROPERTY A FEW DOLLARS BELOW LOCAL COMPETITORS
Check out other vacation rentals in the area and know who you are up against! Having extra amenities and a lower price will guarantee you get the booking. Do your research on vacation rental sites and see what your competitors offer. Lowering your rates by a few dollars will generate more revenue for your property in the long run. Stay in the know!
3. MAKE SURE YOUR PROPERTY IS SPICK & SPAN
Guests want to know where they are staying is sanitary, neat, and tidy. Fresh linens, sparkly clean sinks, dishes, toilets, counter tops, polished furniture, crystal clear windows and doors, clean carpets, shiny floors, and that freshly cleaned smell makes all the difference. Having a well manicured yard and a clean pool or hot tub, will make potential guests choose you. For an extra special touch, fresh flowers and a welcome gift will wow your guests!
4. KEEP YOUR BOOKING CALENDAR UP TO DATE
Making sure your calendar is up to date with current pricing and availability will help guests be proactive in choosing you. Get to know the properties and owners around you! In case, your calendar is full, you may be able to refer a guest to a nearby property. Set up something with you vacation property neighbors in creating a referral commission in the event your property is booked. Never turn away an opportunity to earn money by the fear of networking. Ensuring that you have updated your calendar of any cancellations will increase your bookings! If there is an event or holiday or last minute inquiry, never be afraid to increase your rates. If it's a holiday weekend, increase your rates, but keep them lower than your competition.
5. RESPOND QUICKLY
Being available is always a plus to potential and current guests. Not only does this improve your chances of receiving a great review, it also enhances your odds of landing the booking. Your availability will make guests feel secure in knowing they can reach you if they need immediate assistance with anything at your property or a maintenance emergency. It's also great for potential guests who may be in different time zones. Responding quickly will ensure money doesn't go in a competitor's pocket!
6. HIRE A VACATION RENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY
We understand owning a vacation rental takes a lot of time and can be very demanding, especially if you also have a full time job or don't live locally. If you need help with ensuring an exceptional vacation rental, Easy Air Rentals takes away any worry or doubt and does all the leg work for you! We provide exceptional service, a phenomenal cleaning team, around the clock availability, do all the research, and postings on multiple rental sites for you. We manage the booking calendars, stock all the supplies, tend to any maintenance, schedule lawn care, provide professional pictures of your property, and stay up to date with the competition.