Simply because they don’t want what’s offered in a hotel room, they choose to stay in a holiday home. So you needn’t (shouldn’t to be more precise) ape what a hotel near your property is doing to make your guests feel at home. In fact there are other things you should know about an average traveller – what they actually look at in a holiday home, why do they … Read the rest “10 Things Holiday Home Owners Should Know About the Average Traveler”
Holiday Home Times is the leading resource for those looking to invest in a Vacation home, Second home, Retirement home or even a farm or Plantation. The reasons for doing so can vary – including wanting a beautiful place to visit regularly to recharge your batteries or else to have a place to visit in the winters or even simpler – to own an asset that generates a steady stream … Read the rest “Making the Most of Holiday Home Times”
Social media background checking is commonplace today, with many companies especially employers, using it to screen job applicants. Social media profiles are the norm where people willingly post and even sometimes over-share personal information online. So it has become inevitable that employers are tempted to snoop a little and see what information they can find on prospective candidates. Information can be gleaned from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many … Read the rest “Evaluating Holiday Home Guests Using Social Media before you Rent Out”
Once you have your dream holiday home in sight, it is important to ensure that you understand what your taxation obligations are in Australia. There may be opportunities to structure your purchase better to minimize taxation over the life of your investment and when or if you decide to sell your property.
From a tax perspective, if you earn income in Australia you will generally be required to pay tax … Read the rest “Your Tax Obligations on a Rental Property in Australia”
As the owner you will perfectly understand that most guests who decide to stay in a holiday home because it gives them the privacy that they would not find in a hotel. Having said that many guests stay in a holiday home because it gives them the chance to interact with a local and thus get an insight into the destination, its cuisine and other interesting facts that otherwise … Read the rest “Dos and Dont’s for Holiday Home Owners Staying Onsite”
Now that you have decided to buy a property to start your holiday home rental business, the first question that comes to mind is how many bedrooms are ideal for letting out to travelers?
There are several factors based on which you should take this decision. But first of all, when you buy a property, even if it is to be used as a holiday home, there will be times … Read the rest “How Many Bedrooms are Ideal for Letting out to Guests?”
The returns you can expect to earn on a holiday home in Australia do vary considerably depending upon a wide range of factors. These include where the property is located, whether it has a long or short-term rental, seasonal factors and purchase prices.
For properties in holiday regions, such as Queensland’s coastline, there is a higher demand for short-term rentals and these tend to generate higher returns on a … Read the rest “Rental Returns one can Expect from a Holiday Home in Australia”
Have you have encountered guests who leave in a huff without even bothering to keep the used plates in the sink or leaving the wet towels on the bed. Situations like these are not uncommon and unless you have strict rules for guests on how to leave the property before they checkout, you will invariable be left to clean the mess left behind.
But first what should you as the … Read the rest “Having Strict Rules on How Guests Should Leave the Property Before Vacating it”
For many second home owners, getting their property ready to rent out to travelers is a task they keep postponing thinking that it will require a lot of investment to get it ready. If that is the case with you too, this is just the right article for you, where we will discuss how you can make your second home ready for holiday home rental with minimum investment and also … Read the rest “Ways to Make your Second Home Ready to Receive Guests”
Just to give you the sense of what catering to senior travelers mean to your holiday home rental business here is a fact: more than 81 million seniors from the US alone travelled and collectively spent more than $126 billion in a year. As a holiday home owner you might sometimes encounter some walkers and occasionally a wheelchair, but it goes without saying that this segment of travelers hold great … Read the rest “Catering to Older Travelers – Preparing your Holiday Home, Some Tips”
Do you usually encounter situations where guests arrive at your holiday home several hours before the scheduled check-in time? Have you ever wondered why such situations arise on the first place or how to handle or accommodate such guests? If this is a problem you usually face then read on. This article will not only tell the possible reasons for guests arriving at your holidays home much early before they … Read the rest “Accommodating early check-ins and How wrong things can go”
For a holiday home owner, the safety and maintenance of the property undoubtedly are of utmost importance. Stationed far away from the city where the holiday home is located, it becomes even more cumbersome for owners to keep a tab on the day to day activities and the regular maintenance of the property.
But don’t worry! With a little investment, you can buy a peace of mind. How? By employing … Read the rest “Benefits of a Central Facilities Management for a Holiday Community”
Nothing can possibly go more wrong than guests complaining about pest menace in your holiday home. All you efforts of preparing a spotless home for your guests can be undone by just an insect as tiny as the bed bug or a cockroach. Open any traveler forum and you will find several instances where they are discussing about some property which they had to leave midway their vacation because it … Read the rest “Importance and Tips on Effective Pest Control of Your Holiday Home”
While it is the dream of many an urbanite to become a farmer and live the “son of the soil’ or ‘kampong’ life, not many people understand the economics of farming and so we thought we would do a small article on some of the basics of economics.
The basic components of Farm Economics are the following:-
1. Land Area
2. Lifestyle Costs / Overhead
3. Operating Costs
In the last story on guestroom electronics, we look at remote room monitoring infrastructure for occupancy, housekeeping, energy-saving and minibar-billing.
As hotel properties scale up, it becomes important for hotel management to know if the guest is in the room or not at any particular time. This need to know has to be balanced with respecting the guests’ privacy, of course. So acceptable monitoring systems today use movement sensors, which … Read the rest “Guestroom Electronics – Systems and Infrastructure – Part 2”
For owners of vacation rentals/ homestays building a long-lasting impression that compels a traveler to book the property in very important. In the vacation rental business there is no such thing as ‘second chance.’ There will be many holiday homes in a particular location waiting to catch the prospective renter’s attention. So right from marketing to the time the guests checkouts, you need to do all things right.
Negative reviews not only give a bad impression of the owner, but also on the property and can have long-term effects on one’s vacation rental business. Keeping aside a couple of over complaining guests, most guests post negative reviews due to genuine mistakes – knowingly or unknowingly committed by owners.
In our earlier article we have already discussed what one should do when a guest posts a negative review … Read the rest “Reasons Why Owners Receive Negative Reviews and How to do Away With These”
When we talk about a luxury vacation rental, what does a traveler expect? In our earlier articles we have already discussed about the various items that make a property a couple of notches above the rest. You can read our article on “Some ways to make your Holiday Home feel more like a Luxury Hotel” to know more.
First of all, you must be aware of what … Read the rest “Tips to Preparing and Marketing Your Home as a Luxury Property”
For vacation rental owners it is important that they implement certain advanced SEO techniques in their marketing campaign to ensure that their holiday home listing ad and their website is visible to a larger audience too. The logic is simple: More people will see your holiday home, better are your chances of getting more guests. Moreover most travelers search their accommodation using certain keywords on search engines like Google, Bing … Read the rest “Advanced SEO Techniques to Drive More Traffic to your Holiday Home Listing, Website”