We all love a getaway every now and again, as there’s nothing quite like escaping from everyday life. In recent years, more and more, many people refer renting a holiday home than staying in a hotel when they head away, as it can give more freedom and provides a more personal experience. Having a full house or apartment is often more appealing, instead of paying a small fortune for a room in a hotel. If you are someone who owns a holiday home and is thinking of renting it out to holidaymakers, here are some helpful tips to follow.
1. Understand who you are targeting
Is your holiday home suitable for families? Or is it just the right size for couples? Are you happy with partygoers visiting your holiday home? In order to get the best business out of your holiday home, it’s important to understand exactly who you are targeting. If you own a large property with multiple bedrooms, it might be best suited to families or groups of adults. If it is small, it may be better suited towards travelling couples. Be sure to also take into consideration the local offerings, for example, are there any nice bars and restaurants within walking distance, or would a hire car be necessary? Once you understand exactly the type of holidaymaker you are targeting, the benefits will help to you to entice them to your property.
2. Get online
It really goes without saying, but it is imperative that you make it easy for holidaymakers to find your property and to book it. Everything is online these days, and sites such as Airbnb make it extremely easy for hosts to showcase their property for potential bookings. When people have stayed at your property, they are given the opportunity to give it a rating, and so positive ratings will increase your chances of more bookings coming through the site.
3. Keep it maintained
If you hope to make a business out of renting out your holiday home, it is crucial that you keep it well maintained. Not only should it be impeccably clean, but it should also be kept well up-to-date. It’s unlikely that holidaymakers are going to want to stay somewhere that looks outdated and neglected. Of course, it costs money to do so, but you can view it as more of an investment, as a slick, up-to-date holiday home is more likely to attract bookings.
4. Be honest
We all know that honesty is the best policy in any situation, so with that in mind, avoid lying about any aspect of your property at all costs. If you lie about things or sugarcoat them a little too much, it will soon become apparent and could potentially ruin your reputation – and that’s the last thing you want. Be honest, do not allow holidaymakers to have expectations so high that you cannot meet them, as it will only be detrimental for you at the end of the day.
Written Stuart Cooke, blog writer at UniBaggage.com.