If you own a holiday property and have been considering putting it on the competitive rentals market, one of the most important things to consider is how to make it stand out from the crowd.
With holiday homes being exempt from the new buy-to-let tax regulations, there are many benefits to preparing it for holidaymakers. We have a look at five ways to make the most of your property and ensure you have a constant stream of bookings all year round.
1. Provide a welcome pack
You will want to make your guests feel comfortable when they arrive after their journey to provide them with an amazing experience. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to provide a welcome pack which explains everything they need to know about the property and the surrounding area.
Guests might not be familiar with the central heating, or items such as induction hobs, for example. It is also a good idea to leave tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits for when your guests arrive and will ensure they leaver favourable reviews.
2. Know your market
One great way to make your property stand out is to know what type of guests will be staying at your holiday home. Provide everything they might need, from dog bowls or guides to the local area, takeaway menus to directions to supermarkets and local attractions.
Include a variety of local pubs and restaurants that are suitable for families, or are dog-friendly, or ideal for a romantic meal.
3. Invest in popular features
Some features are always high on customer’s wish lists, such as WiFi, or dishwashers, and some more expensive features such as hot tubs, log fires, or even swimming pools will make your holiday home stand out and fetch a higher booking value, soon meaning the features will pay for themselves.
4. Keep things up-to-date
Your property is more likely to receive positive feedback if it kept up to date with improvements, such as by simply updating furnishings that make your property feel modern and fresh. Always listen to feedback from customers to discover what made them have a good or bad experience.
If there are consistent things that are coming up, you should address them – and if they’re positive things, can you do more of it?
5. Don’t forget about the little things
Often it can be the little things that make the most difference but are often the easiest to forget. Don’t forget to ensure there is a good supply of toilet roll, cleaning equipment, washing up liquid, and dishwasher tablets.
A good set of matching crockery is also ideal for providing a good experience for your customers, as are new, clean fluffy towels.
A guest book is a great way to hear what your guests thought about their holiday cottage; what they loved and any feedback that they have. They can also leave recommendations on places to visit for future guests, something which is always appreciated.
Why not visit our site and see how we can help with your holiday homes to let!