More and more travelers prefer staying in a home, apartment, or condo while vacationing rather than staying in a hotel. Because hotels can feel impersonal and often lack certain amenities like a full kitchen, travelers are seeking out home rentals instead, especially if they are traveling for an extended amount of time.
With websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and other similar sites, it is easier for both those renting out and those seeking a rental to find exactly what they are looking for. If you are considering renting out your home (or a room in your home) or a vacation home to travelers, here are a few tips to help your property stand out:
First and foremost, for both your protection and your renter’s protection, installing a home security system is a wise investment. Most Home Security for San Francisco, for instance,
can offer you a temporary alarm passcode for renters, allowing them to feel secure while staying in your home. Since the code is temporary, once they have completed their stay, you can rest assured they cannot use the code to get back into your home at a later date. Check with your local home security company for details on both price and capability.
Additionally, many ask for a security deposit in hopes it will deter renters from doing anything outside of the rental agreement. In fact, many rental websites offer a host guarantee, which will help cover the cost of any damages over the security deposit.
One of the best ways to attract renters to your property is to price it right. Consider offering different prices for different seasons, or a discount for anyone willing to book six months to a year in advance. It can often be a good idea to ask for a non-refundable deposit. Should anyone cancel their rental, you will at least receive some sort of compensation, especially if you had to turn other renters away for those vacation dates.
3. Listing Description
Try to be as detailed as possible about the amenities of your home. Make sure to list the basics, such as number of rooms, number of bathrooms, size of the kitchen, if there is a TV, etc. Also mention any noteworthy features, like if there is a pool, barbecue, deck, spa, if it is a beachfront property, or if it is walking distance from downtown. Also, include inviting descriptions about the local area—what sites to see, places to eat, and other events available to attend.
A key to interesting travelers in your property is to offer quality photos that accurately depict the property. This will help travelers be able to envision themselves in the property. Plus, pictures allow travelers the ability to see exactly where they are staying so they can accurately choose a listing right for their needs.
Adhering to these tips as well as being attentive to questions and comments travelers may have about your property can help you safely rent out your home or vacation property.
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