Even if you are not thinking of renting out your holiday house as an actual business, first of all it is worthwhile to think and clarify what you hope to achieve. After all you are starting an initiative that could be economically profitable.
The main aim of renting out a holiday home is undoubtedly to find travellers who choose to stay in your house and pay the requested fee. Therefore the first thing to do is to lay down some simple priorities:
Take into consideration the work to be done in renting out your holiday home:
Renting out and managing your holiday home needs more or less continuous time, effort and commitment. How much time do you have to dedicate to your holiday home?
If you are a person that loves to manage your business independently, wants to have complete control over the choice of travellers who visit your holiday home and do not wish to pay other people to run the business, then you can decide to manage rentals yourself. What is important is carefully assessing all the choices and weighing up decisions: you will make an excellent manager of your holiday home!
However if you have little time to dedicate to your holiday home, you can consider employing an agent who can manage every aspect relating to your rental business in return for a commission.
Naturally, taking part in the renting holiday home market you need make yourself aware of all types of relevant laws and regulations: national, regional and local.
Each country and sometimes even regions of the same country have different rules.
What to do?
The strength of your holiday home rental business undoubtedly lies in using trustworthy and reliable staff, particularly if you live far from where your holiday home is located.
The first thing to do, when you kit out your holiday house for rent, is prioritize the traveller’s needs. Even if your house is tastefully furnished and finely decorated, practicality is still very important.
And therefore it is expedient to put valuable objects to one side since they might be obstacles for your guests.
If you wish to rent out a fully furnished holiday home, this is how to organize the rooms:
That little bit extra… Never forget that travellers have a large choice of holiday homes and you need to know how to give that added value that makes prospective guests choose yours over someone else’s. Camp bed, cot and children’s high chair, games and videogames, a few books, a high-speed internet connection, ski or beach equipment and a coffee machine are all things that can attract travellers and convince them to choose your holiday home.
Naturally you can consider offering guests the basics, such as cooking equipment and crockery, and charge for extras in case travellers decide to ask for sheets and bathroom linen and other items.
Paying attention to these details is the secret behind very successful rentals and holidays.