If you’ve invested in a holiday home for use for a few weeks out of every year, then it only makes sense to rent it out while it isn’t being used. That way, you can make the investment pay for itself when it might otherwise be sitting dormant.
But creating a home that will appeal to would-be holidaymakers requires a little bit of planning and effort. Let’s take a look at some of the considerations you might want to make when putting your holiday-home together.
Planning the calendar
If you’ve got a holiday planned, then you’ll need to make sure that you do it well in advance, so that you know when you can rent the building out to clients and when you can’t. Alternatively, you might look to simply wait until there’s a spare week available – but this approach might mean that you don’t get the first pick of dates, which eliminates one of the major advantages of owning your own holiday home.
Creating the right vibe
If you’re going to market the home successfully, then it’s important that you’re able to convey the appropriate vibe from the pictures you’ll be taking and posting. This largely relies on the right decoration. Neutral shades and whites are appropriate, particularly for summer holiday homes. Installing a fitted painted kitchen into your property can be a great way to convey a holiday feel. You’ll appeal to a much broader cross-section of people by playing it fairly safe than if you go bold and brash.
Wall-hanging decorations and other ornaments will help you to unite the entire home around a theme, and get your would-be guests to imagine themselves unwinding in the space. If you’ve invested in a seaside home, then you might throw in coastal landscape paintings, seashells and fishing boats. Wherever you are in the country, throwing in local maps and photos of landmarks is sure to get the message across. Other features, like fitted wardrobes, will help you to make the best use of the available space, and maximise the perceived interior size of the building.
Offering the right features
Your customers will expect a certain degree of comfort. If you’re able to offer it, then you might find that they come back repeatedly, year after year, and form a trusted and reliable source of income. This might mean excellent cooking facilities. Installing a fitted kitchen into your property might mean investing several thousand pounds in a lump-sum, but the investment might pay for itself in bookings over the years. Other features, like reliable WiFi, outdoor speakers and sizeable televisions, will also add to the property’s appeal.
The easiest way to get custom rolling in is to allow friends and family to stay at the home for a discounted rate, or even for free. In the latter case, you’ll have the security of knowing that someone is there checking on the property while you’re gone. Before you start letting out the property, it’s important that you look into insurance for holiday home owners, too.