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August 12, 2017

How to Become the Ultimate Vacation Rentals Host in 10 Steps

Vacation rentals host tips

Here are some awesome tips on becoming the ultimate vacation rentals host.

Become the ultimate vacation rentals host with these tips

  1. Always get to know who you’re renting to. Avoid using platforms such as Kijiji and Craigslist. They don’t have profiles where you can leave and read reviews on one another. You may have success in renting out your property on these platforms but there’s no way for you to build up a reputation on them. Instead use reputable platforms with a community aspect to it so you know what you’re really getting yourself into.
  1. It’s a free market so use tools that are available to you so you have a competitive advantage over other hosts. We recommend using LodgeSmarter as a secondary intermediary to list your upcoming unsold days and last minute cancellations. Guests will have more of an incentive to book your property if they can get a deal on it rather than paying full price for the vacation home down the street. An Unsold week is 1/52 of your yearly income. This can be detrimental to an independent host, so really focus on getting the most out of your income property.
  1. Leave clear instructions on how everything in your vacation rental works. Particularly appliances such as a coffee machine in your vacation rental. Tape instructions on the machine clearly pointing to which buttons to press to get a pot of coffee made, it may not look the nicest but it will avoid those brutal phone calls of you trying to explain how to use an appliance and will ultimately save you time. Clearly state how the A/C and heat gets turned on and how to adjust the thermostat. These tips have saved vacations rental host pros a lot of time.
  1. Always leave lots of information on things to do in the area. We recommend getting a binder together and fill it with brochures from all the local activities and restaurants that are available in the area as well as all upcoming events happening in the season, such as music festivals. You want your guests to feel at home and welcome. The less research your guests have to do to know what’s going on in an area they’re not familiar with, the more they will feel at home. This gives them more time to enjoy the area and your property.
  1. A smart vacation rentals host always take a safety deposit. A deposit gives your guests an incentive to behave and care about your property that you worked so hard to get. If they don’t have to worry about getting back their $500 security deposit they won’t care if anything in your house gets damaged or not because at this point they have no incentive to.
  1. Keep an ear out for questions your potential guests may ask. Questions like: “How many cars can fit in the driveway? ” or, “how many can sleep in the vacation home?” will indicate that they may be intending to bring more guests than you allow.  It could be no big deal. Maybe group is just taking multiple cars, but it’s always good to be leery and ask questions.
  1. Always make sure your vacation property is clean for your next guests. We recommend hiring a third-party cleaning company to take care of your vacation rental as it can be hard to keep up with cleaning the home between guests. The last thing you want is guests showing up to a messy vacation home. They chose to stay in your property to relax and have a good time not deal with the mess from your last guests.
  1. Always make sure your property description is accurate. One of the main reasons for a bad review or disappointment in the vacation property rental business is an inaccurate description. If there’s a beach three blocks away, don’t say it’s across the street.
  1. Always make sure you have a clear list of rules and a set of guidelines for your guests to follow. If there’s no dogs allowed make sure they know that.
  1. Truly genuinely care about your guests.  Every successful vacation rentals host learns that the business is built up off of guests staying in your property. Show that you care about them and go above and beyond to make sure they have a great comfortable stay. They will most likely tell their friends about you, and become return customers.

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