Guest post by Chris Long at Home Depot: At some point, we've all done it - we've gone on vacation and said "forget about it!" when it comes to being careful about indulging in everyday luxuries. We've cranked the thermostat as far as it would go, we've taken extra-long showers, and we've left the lights on in every room even when we're not there. Because, heck, we've already paid for the rental, so we might as well use it, right? This "vacation waste" mentality is the bane of most vacation home owners' existence. And not only does this attitude drive up the cost of renting the home for future vacationers, it's also a strain on the local environment and your own pocket. But how do you curb this mentality without impinging on your renters' stays? By giving your house the ability to do some of the saving for you. Curbing Electrical Usage The biggest wastes in terms of electricity in a vacation home are lights, electronics and temperature. But there are ways to cut down on all of these
At first glance, vacation rental damage insurance can seem like a great prospect: homeowners can provide guests with a convenient and easy way to cover themselves in the event they or someone in their party accidentally damages your property, and homeowners can save time collecting, managing and returning a myriad of deposits. But is damage insurance all that it’s cracked up to be? And can it effectually replace the psychological impact of a security deposit? Money Talks When I speak of the “psychological impact” of a security deposit, I refer to the fact that a deposit, by its definition, is a sum of money that potentially will be returned. That promise of the imminent return of all of their money creates an incentive for vacationers to take extra special care of a property. Some homeowners feel that there’s just no better deterrent to bad vacationer behavior than the threat of losing real $$$. We can’t stress enough the importance of requiring a security deposit for the protection
We are pleased to announce an exciting enhancement to our Power Search. Vacationers can now choose to view the results of their targeted search as pinpoints on a map. They can zoom in and out of any area, viewing each listing relative to such landmarks as the beaches, the center of town, or other points of interest to them.Click here for more details about this new feature. And, as always, don’t hesitate to let us know if we can help in any way. Did you like this?
The most enjoyable aspect of my job with WeNeedaVacation.com is meeting homeowners at their rental homes, photographing their house, and coaching them to better market their vacation rental. While it is not necessary for the homeowner to meet me during the photography shoot, it is much more fun and worthwhile. Over the past 7 years, I have met hundreds of homeowners while walking their halls, seeing their yards, and learning what is most special about their homes. Experiencing your homes has been incredibly interesting, especially when the value of a visit reaches beyond the bright lights and camera. Often, a photography session will lead a homeowner to discover some of their property's most overlooked gems, like the family of bunnies that gather by the back shrubs every morning, or the golden slivers of sun that blanket the kitchen in the afternoon. Owning a vacation house and sharing it with strangers is not easy, right? You love your home, you have special memories there, you
Guest post by Matt Landau: In my previous post, “The Future of Vacation Rental Marketing: It’s All about the Niche,” I wrote about the superior value of niche vacation rental sites like WeNeedaVacation.com over their major, “big-box” competitors, HomeAway/VRBO and FlipKey. The more targeted Power Search of WeNeedaVacation.com, for example, allows its rental homeowner to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond, preventing listers from having to pay the site extra to improve their search result rankings. And the locally-operated niche site is also able to provide information specific to the area (such as its beaches, activities, shops, restaurants, etc.), which is of great value to vacationers and, in turn, benefits the homeowner. Yet to be fully implemented by the vacation rental community is the bevy of impactful techniques that a niche site can help you employ. Here are 3 that can help get you started: Find Your Innovation: Innovating in the vacation rental space these days isn’t abo
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