Nothing can possible go more wrong than a pesky neighbor of your holiday home complaining about guests to the homeowner association or the local authorities. It can be really embarrassing for both the guests and you. There have been several occasions when the owner of a holiday home had to go through a lot of hassles because a neighbor complained that your guests were playing loud music or partying late … Read the rest “Dealing With Neighbors Who Keep Complaining About Your Guests”
This is the last thing you would want to happen and usually owners face this when there are long weekends or events/ festivals coming up at their location. As an owner you are unable to decide whom to rent out the property to – they all seem to be genuine inquirers and on the first screening seem fit for your property.
However because you have a couple of inquiries at … Read the rest “Dealing with Multiple Traveler Inquiries for the Same Dates”
Unless you have a very strong booking policy, you are bound to encounter such situations where the guest will negotiate about paying you a booking amount and paying the remaining rental on his arrival at your property. This is a dilemma which will even make the most experienced owner think for a couple of seconds before he decides whether to stick to his policy of full payment during booking or … Read the rest “How to Deal With Renters Reluctant to Pay in Full Prior to Arrival”
While there may be a many vacation rental websites, it is still a challenge for owners to decide on the best website to list his property, which can drive more traffic to his listing and subsequently more bookings. In many cases owners had listed their property in multiple websites, but still were unable to garner enough inquiries. Since many of these vacation rental websites have paid subscriptions, owners sometimes stand … Read the rest “Tips to Choosing the Right Vacation Rental Listing Website to List Your Holiday Home”
Every section of your vacation home/ homestay listing has its own benefits and should be given equal importance. These sections have been added taking into consideration an average traveler’s behavior – the information he ideally look for in a particular listing. For instance if we look at TripVillas’ property listing page we will see that apart from the six components – the images, property description, amenities, availability calendar, map and … Read the rest “Importance of the ‘Things To Do’ Section on TripVillas’ Property Listing”
Invariably it is how you handle the first shot of communication from the inquirer that makes or breaks a deal for you as the owner of the vacation rental. Unless you are there to take that first call or reply to the first email instantly, there are chances that you might lose out on a booking to your nearest competitor. Ideally once the traveler has decided on the location … Read the rest “Preparing and Responding to an Inquiry for Your Holiday Home”
Last week, we looked at entertainment electronics in the guestroom. Homestays today are more than just holiday stay options – in cities, they are increasingly popular with business travelers who’re tired of the same old business hotels. Business travelers have their own special needs, and communication – telephony and internet – is top of the business traveler’s list.
Let’s look at the internet options first.
Nitin Mongia, world champion yachtsman and Arjuna Award Winner and owner of a Boutique Villa in Alibaug area of Maharashtra, speaks to Holiday Home Times in an exclusive interview about his property, his passion for food and his future plans.
Please tell us something about your background – Personal and Professional.
I started working in the stock market whilst in my second of year of college essentially to … Read the rest “An interview with Nitin Mongia, the owner of a boutique villa in Alibaug, Maharashtra”
Like any hospitality player, maintenance of your vacation rental property is very important to ensure that you not only create a good impression amongst travelers looking for accommodations online, but also get good reviews and referrals from guests who have stayed with you. There have been several instances where the images in one’s online rental ad are those taken when the property was newly furnished, but the current state of … Read the rest “When and How Should You Refurnish Your Vacation Rental Property”
It is definitely not uncommon for travelers to ask for discounts on rentals. They might have liked your property images and facilities, but must be finding the rates a little over their budget. Many travelers feel that a little saving on they would spend on accommodation could mean that they spend a little for on shopping, etc. Whatever the case might be, whenever a traveler asks for a discount on … Read the rest “Handling Travelers Who Try to Negotiate for Discounts on Rental”
Most of the times as the owner of a vacation rental/ homestay you try to make things unique and different from your competitors to give guests something extra than just the room. However have you ever thought of providing a vehicle for guests to move around? Unless guests are driving down to your property, they always feel the need of a vehicle, which can actually increase their mobility. Guests ideally … Read the rest “Benefits of Providing Your Vacation Rental Guests a Vehicle to Move Around”
Should I put up a sign outside my holiday home or vacation rental?
This is a question which many owners ask and have probably received varied answers. If you ask me, I think a signage placed on a strategic direction is a great way to attract travelers and can be a splendid way of advertising. In many occasions when travelers are passing by your property to a destination hours ahead … Read the rest “Using a Signboard to Market your Vacation Rental”
Most homestay owners buy a property for use as a homestay. Others let out rooms in their existing properties. Very few have the luxury of building a new property that they plan to run as a homestay. In that ideal situation, good architecture can ensure that very little is required as interior enhancement.
A good example of this is this island property off the shores of Karnataka. As if … Read the rest “Property Clinic: Well-Designed Spaces Need Few Accessories and Little Furniture”
Since you have decided to buy a plot of land and build your vacation home, it’s pretty obvious and understandable that you would like to be involved in the construction and the subsequently the furnishing of the house – you might thus want to do everything yourself without any professional help. However even before the first brick arrives, you need to ask yourself: “Will I do a better job … Read the rest “Should I Take Professional Help to Build my Holiday Home?”
This week, we’ll explore storage options in the kitchen and in bathrooms, in the context of homestays. When you have a kitchen that’s meant to be used by your guests, you would obviously be expected to provide an adequate supply of crockery, cutlery, and cooking utensils. We’ve covered the list of essential kitchen utensils previously, but here our focus is on storage.
A homestay kitchen has to take into account … Read the rest “Putting Things Away – the Kitchen and Bathroom edition”
Eco-friendly home is today a buzz word. There are developers offering eco-friendly homes; then there are accommodations who call themselves eco-friendly and also a huge range of home furnishings, appliances, etc. that promise you a greener home.
So whether you are planning to build a vacation home or wanting to make your existing vacation rental an eco-friendly one here are some tips you can use:
1. If you are building … Read the rest “Tips to Making your Vacation Rental Eco-friendly”
After the recent incident in a Mangalore holiday home and allegations from officials that several accommodations were flouting homestay rules in several parts of Karnataka, particularly in Hassan which sees a lot of plantation homes, we have been receiving queries from many owners asking about the homestay rules, requirements, etc. Holiday Home Times spoke to the Assistant Director, Karnataka State Department of Tourism, Mr. Bhaskar to find answers to questions … Read the rest “Rules and Norms to Operate a Homestay in Karnataka”
For several vacation home owners it is a dilemma as to how much security deposit he should take from renters or if he should take a security deposit at all. Owners seem to be confused on how much to charge, when to charge, when to refund, and when to withhold damages. So I thought we should do an article on this topic.
Ideally there are two different deposits that you … Read the rest “Setting a Fair Security Deposit and Managing it”
Every owner of a holiday home or homestay, must have encountered guests who ask for refunding the booking amount. However before I go into what you as the owner of a vacation rental should do when renters ask for a refund let us first look at the likely situations when he might ask for a refund.
1. NOT GETTING WHAT WAS PROMISED: Renters ideally book an accommodation based on the … Read the rest “What do you do When Renters Ask for a Refund?”
So your vacation rental website is live and you are ready to promote it so that more travelers find it in the search engines. But building a website for your vacation rental is actually just the first step. What do travelers do after they loved your property images and the facilities you are offering and want to book it? How do they do that?
To enable travelers to book your … Read the rest “Payment Gateway for Your Vacation Rental Website”