Mastering the Art of Vacation Rental Hosting

Mastering the Art of Vacation Rental Hosting

Vacation rentals are more popular than ever: With benefits such as full kitchens, more space, and flexibility, they go head-to-head with hotels in terms of both popularity and affordability.

Do you have an extra property that you're interested in turning into a vacation rental? Are you nervous about being a first-time vacation rental host?

Not to worry. Here are some tried-and-true vacation rental hosting strategies that will keep both you and your guests happy.

Allow Flexible Check-In and Check-Out

Unlike hotels, you can be more flexible with your check-in and check-out times. You need to account for things like cleaning and maintenance, but it is good to give the guest more power here.

Before your guest arrives, ask them when their flight gets in or when they plan to arrive. Do your best to have the property ready for them so they don't have to sit around waiting for hours.

You can also extend their check-out time, depending on when they plan to leave. Your guests will appreciate your consideration and this can lead to a more positive review when they end their trip.

Communicate With Guests

It's one of the easiest ways to please your guests but often overlooked: communication. Vacation rental platforms make it easier than ever to send and receive messages.

If you feel comfortable, provide alternative ways to contact you, such as phone numbers or emails. This way, you will be more reachable if your guests need something or have an urgent question.

Is talking to your guests one of your pet peeves? Leave the communication up to a property management company. They can liaise between you and the guests, meaning you won't have to talk to your guests directly.

Stock Up on Amenities

Your guests shouldn't have to worry about things like toiletries, towels, or other essentials when they stay in your vacation rental. Make sure they have everything they need within easy reach.

If you make a book or binder of house rules and amenities, point them in the direction of extras in case they run out. They won't have to stress about buying more shampoo or toilet paper in the middle of their vacation.

When your cleaning service comes in after the guests leave, always make sure they check amenities and restock if necessary.

Allow Pets

It might seem controversial, but allowing pets in your rental property is a great way to get more guests. People love to travel with their furry friends, for athletic reasons, disability, or emotional support.

Perfect Your Vacation Rental Hosting

Vacation rental hosting is an art, and you need to be good at attracting and retaining guests. With this guide, you will fill up your vacation bookings and increase your income.

PMI Utah is ready to work with you on your vacation rental management. With over 20 years of experience in the property management industry, we cna help you with anything you need.

Ready to begin your journey into vacation rental management? Reach out to us today to get the process started.