8 GREAT WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY RENTAL A SUCCESS
I feel quite blessed being able to say that we enjoy regular holidays away from our home – it’s simply not something that I will ever take for granted. Like many other middle class families, we plan and save our pennies to make this happen and we enjoy doing it very much. Over the years we’ve stayed in a range of places and locations at varied expense. As a stylist you automatically know if a property has been styled and maintained with love, effort and enthusiasm – truthfully speaking these are the sorts of places that I and many others will want to revisit again and again. These properties really do standout from the rest and are the motivation behind me writing this blog post! Now days, it is common to see many holiday – properties being completely managed by real estate agents and blame is often thrown in their direction when things go wrong. I honestly do not feel this is entirely fare – the main reason is that an agent simply cannot be responsible for every aspect and important detail of running your holiday-business for you.
NO 1. LOVE YOUR CLEANER!
Styling aside – I believe that your cleaner plays a hugely important, if not “the most important role” in the ongoing success of your holiday home. Definitely make it your business to ensure that your home is cleaned efficiently. Your property should be hygienically cleaned after each booking. If there is a decent sized break between bookings – a quick refresher will also be needed. A cleaner should always pay detailed attention to the following;
- Your bathrooms – Ok, unhygienic bathrooms rarely get holidays of to a fabulous start. On that point – always remember that detailed attention must be shown to showers, bath, floors, walls and doors. People do not want to see evidence of others having stayed at the property before.
- Your kitchen needs to be cleaned and organised – your fridge and oven should always be clean and free of mould.
- Floors should be vacuumed and mopped – you should not see cobwebs or any type of evidence of insects living rent free.
- Your linen should be professionally cleaned or at the very least appear to have been – again people do not want to see evidence of others having stayed at the property before.
- Like your own a home a spring clean is needed on a quarterly basis. Cushions need to be regularly dusted and aired. Pay attention to artworks, bookshelves and shelves.
- I firmly believe that if you show that you care for the maintenance and cleanliness of your holiday home your holiday makers will too!
- Definitely find small ways to reward your cleaner often- so that they feel appreciated and are willing to commit to cleaning your home well. If you are the cleaner for your holiday home- reward yourself for your beautifully detailed work often.
NO 2. A STYLIST WILL SAVE YOU $
Talk with a stylist about creating a great look for your home. A stylist can assist you with completing this task or even do it for you. It’s important to keep your holiday rental looking fresh – a good stylist will have handful of inexpensive ways to do this and will save you a pocketful of money. They will also have the know- how to source inexpensive yet fabulous artworks, decor items, bed linen and kitchen- earthen ware to have your home looking its fabulous best. If your holiday home has not had any love for a good few years – it will show.
NO 3. QUALITY BEDDING IS VERY IMPORTANT
Ensure lounges, beds and pillows are comfortable – be prepared to spend money on decent quality bedding in order to save you money later. Always use waterproof covers on every bed it will keep your furniture and bedding in good condition.
NO 4. BECOME SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY
Become social media savvy! Start a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter account for your holiday rental. Post regular pictures of your home, wall vignettes, cosy lounge scenes, surrounding attractions, great views and share things that inspire you. Relationship building is a two ways street – therefore allow yourself to be inspired by others on social platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest. Hold competitions and discounts for loyal followers especially during quiet seasons. Build a brand, attract a following and create a online presence for your holiday home.
NO 5. LOCAL RELATIONSHIP BUILDING IS A MUST!
Connect with other local business in your area via social media – local relationship building is always overlooked and extremely undervalued on both sides. If local businesses see the passion you have for creating a genuinely lovely holiday experience for your customers – you will always be at the forefront of their minds for future recommendations. You can also help support each other by sharing knowledge and upcoming promotions.
NO 6. REPEAT CUSTOMERS ARE THE BEE’S KNEES
Think of ways to get repeat customers through a small discount or maybe an extra night free.
NO 7. FEEDBACK
Always get feedback from each of your bookings – do leave a form to be completed as I think people are less likely to email surveys when they return home. Communication is always knowledge so don’t be afraid; this will always be very useful information.
NO 8. JOURNAL THE LOVE
Start a blog about your journey – tell us stories about your décor and document your favourite treasures. You can tell us about the best walks to do in your area, the best places to eat and must do’s while we are visiting. It will be your journal – evidence of your dedication towards your business.