The Do’s and Don’t s of Holiday Letting

The do’s and don’ts of holiday letting 

Letting out a holiday home can be potentially lucrative, but only if it’s done correctly. There are a lot of things that can go wrong; particularly if it’s your first time in the letting business. Below you’ll find a list of do’s and don’ts that should help to minimise the chances of something going wrong.

Do make sure it is maintained

Before you even think about letting out a property for the holidays, you need to ensure it’s in the best possible condition. This includes making any necessary upgrades and repairs. From cleaning out the guttering to re-grouting the tiles in the bathroom – be sure to check even the smallest of details of the home.

Do highlight historic or period features

If your property has something special about it, perhaps it features Victorian cornicing, an Edwardian fireplace or even sash windows; make sure your guests appreciate what you’re offering. While period features can help increase revenue, it is important they are cared for so contact a sash window repair company to ensure you can show off what your property has to offer.

Do go that extra mile

The one thing that will determine how successful you become is the little extras you provide. Guests like hosts who offer something different. This could be a welcome pack, or you could simply ensure the home has plenty of modern, luxury features. Be sure to be welcoming and friendly too. You want to be approachable but also know when to keep your distance. Some guests may not want to be bothered while they are on holiday.

 Don’t forget the photos

The one thing that will attract guests to your holiday home is photos. Many owners make the mistake of not paying much attention to the photos of the property. Ideally you should put up photos of each room and the gardens. Be sure to tidy up before taking the pictures. Think about what you’d look for when searching for a holiday home. What type of photos do you like to see?

Don’t exaggerate the property

Yes, you want to make the home appear as attractive as possible, but you should never exaggerate the facilities or the benefits of the area in your advert. This will only lead to negative reviews. Word of mouth is a powerful thing. If your home doesn’t meet expectations, it can seriously damage your reputation. It is hard work letting out a holiday home, but it does pay off  – providing you maintain the property and ensure everything is in tip top condition.

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One thought on “The Do’s and Don’t s of Holiday Letting

  • January 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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    Some really useful advice here! You really can’t stress the photography element enough. One study has showed that 83% of travellers are more likely to enquire if a holiday listing has 20 plus images. Photos should have a good resolution (not pixelated) and show all the best facets of your home, local region and activities that a guest might enjoy. As you say, you have to put yourself in their shoes – what would you be impressed by?

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