Now that it is officially spring and we are entering into shoulder season, it is likely that as the owner of a holiday home you’re starting to panic slightly about the madness that the peak holiday season brings. Your diary is probably already pretty full for June, July, August and maybe even September too, and understandably, you might be worried about ensuring that everything goes smoothly this summer.
It goes without saying that you won’t be alone in this and almost all holiday homeowners will be feeling the same. However, the longer you’re in the industry for the easier peak season becomes and over time you will learn some tips and tricks that help to make back-to-back bookings during the summer months slightly more bearable. So, to get you started, below we have put together some simple yet effective tips for surviving the peak season.
Ensure your guests know how to contact you
One of the easiest ways to prevent any disasters during the peak season is to ensure that each guest knows the best way to contact you. This can be useful for any guests with enquiries before their stay and also any guests who experience problems during their stay. Communication is important at any time of year, but even more so when you’re really busy.
Change your check-in and/or check-out times
To give yourself more time to clean your property between guests and carry out any required maintenance work, you might want to consider having a later check-in time and/or an earlier check-out time. Changing these times by an hour or so won’t have too much of an effect on your guests' experience, but it can make a big difference to you as a holiday homeowner.
Add a minimum night stay for peak season
You might be happy to welcome guests for just one night during off-peak season, but having a minimum stay in the busier months can be really helpful. This will reduce the amount of work you have to do in general, allowing you to actually enjoy your summer too. Many will have a minimum of three nights and this will help to prevent lots of changeovers between guests.
Have spare bedding and towels to hand
Changing things like bedding and towels between guests is often much tricker during the peak season because you will have less time to wash and dry everything, so investing in some spares is beneficial. This will also help to reduce general wear and tear on these items too as they will be being used less frequently, making spares a cost-effective purchase in the long run.
Enlist some help for the summer months
If you have a full-time job or you don’t live that local to your holiday home, for example, you might want to consider getting some help during the peak season, only if you can afford to do so. Simply hiring someone like a professional cleaner to help you prepare your property between guests can make things run much smoother during these busier times.
Make your outdoor space easy to maintain
Outdoor areas at holiday homes are used a lot during the summer months, so it is important to make sure that these aren’t neglected when you’re busy. Try to make things as easy as possible for yourself in this regard and consider how you can make your terrace or garden require less maintenance. For example, laying artificial grass and using outdoor furniture covers.
Filling your bookings diary all year round
It goes without saying that the peak holiday season can be hard work when you own a holiday home and hopefully, the tips above can help you to survive this incredibly busy time of year. As the summer is fast approaching, make sure that you’re starting to plan ahead now and use what’s left of the off-season and the beginning of shoulder season to ensure that you’re completely ready for whatever peak season might throw at you this year.
If you’re looking for ways that you can increase your bookings all year round to prevent some seasons from being much busier than others, it goes without saying that advertising your property on a good holiday rental website can really help and Rental Cloud is the best site to turn to in this regard. With decades of experience in the property industry and expert knowledge of holiday home rentals, you can trust that our platform is the perfect place to list your rental property and when doing so, you should start to see a difference in bookings.