13 Keys to Successfully Renting Your Cottage, Condo or Cabin

Guidelines to ensure your vacation rental business runs smoothly and effectively. waterfront vacation rental

  • Be the first to respond to a renter's inquiry.
  • Be polite and friendly.
  • Keep your ads up-to-date, especially your calendar.
  • If you're not getting as many bookings as you'd like, consider broadening your spectrum of renters.
  • Optimize your listings for the search engines by being as specific as possible when writing your headline, photo captions and descriptions.
  • Solicit reviews from past renters to help further sell your vacation home to potential travelers.
  • To avoid miscommunications, have a set list of cleaning tasks for your housekeeper or cleaning service to do between each guest.
  • Have an extra set of linens and towels to make back-to-back rentals easier on your housekeeper
  • Establish a clear refund policy to protect yourself from lost revenue.
  • Establish strict policies regarding check-in and checkout and be clear about your expectations
  • What do you want your guests to do before they leave, etc.?
  • If you'd like to boost off-season bookings, consider accepting pets.
  • Keep detailed records of all communications and bookings on a spreadsheet and maintain a good filing system on your computer to avoid scheduling errors and double-bookings.


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