More and more people who own holiday homes decide to offer them as holiday lets to get more out of their investment and also to let the income cover some of the running costs.
Once you have decided to rent out your holiday home the next step is to get as many rentals (and return clients) as possible to cover all of those weeks when you are not using the property yourself. The market for private holiday lets is booming so there is a lot of competition out there so here are a few tips and tricks to make your home stand out from others:
WIFI is essential
Even though many owners say that their guests are on holiday so: “Why should they need WIFI when enjoying the property and surroundings? Relaxing is what a holiday is all about!” Yes, but no! Internet access is now essential for most people and in some cases just one additional week of rental that you may get because your property has free WIFI can cover the cost of internet in your property for an entire year.
Professional and up-to-date photographs
Not only for property sales but also for rentals it is important to show your property in a perfect light. A professional photographer has got the equipment and knowledge to make the rooms appear as appealing as possible. They will have the lights and the camera to produce light, sharp images that show even the smallest detail. This may include some shots with a freshly made bed with crisp white linen or a sun lounger with a freshly made cocktail on a side table.
Don’t make it too personal
Everyone knows that it is your home but they don’t necessarily need to be reminded of it every day during their stay. Therefore we suggest removing family photographs, drawings by your grandchildren, the blanket your sister knitted for you 10 years ago or any other item that may make people feel that they are invading someone else’s space. The décor should be clean and uncluttered. Unless you have a really unique cottage, a more modern contemporary style tends to be more attractive.
Kid’s entertainment for rainy days
Make sure there are some board games, DVD’s and/or a games console to occupy the children if there is a spell of bad weather. The parents will really thank you for it!
Zip-link beds give great flexibility
Instead of providing twin and double rooms, put in twin beds that can be zipped together in every room. That way you can have an all couples booking but also a group of single women or men. The beds can be separated or joined whichever is needed.
Travel cot, highchair etc
Families with infants are very grateful if they don’t have to travel with all their own equipment. If you make a travel cot, highchair and stairgates available then your property could tick just another box for renters travelling with babies and small children.
Information is power
If you are in contact with your guests directly then offer them local tourist information via email. Also provide a list of restaurants, local shops, things to do, sport facilities together with opening times and prices on arrival. The local tourist office is usually happy to provide you with some leaflets.
A well stocked kitchen will keep any chef happy
A good range of kitchen machines like a mixer, blender and whitegoods is recommended. Also provide plenty of glasses, crockery and cutlery; we recommend at least double the amount of the maximum occupancy (if your house sleeps 6 then 12 of each item). If you purchase the basic set in one of the big department stores then you should easily be able to get more to replenish once the stock is run down.