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Personal Effects and Items You Should Leave at Your Holiday Home and What You Shouldn’t

Personal Effects and Items You Should Leave at Your Holiday Home and What You Shouldn’t

Your vacation home will without doubt have your personal touch, because you were both emotionally and monetarily involved in doing-up the house. Whenever one buys a second home, he does-up the house to make it comfortable based on his and his family’s needs, taste and moods. But now that you are letting guests to come and stay, how much personalization is OK?  The motive here should be strike a balance Read the rest “Personal Effects and Items You Should Leave at Your Holiday Home and What You Shouldn’t”

Tips for Holiday Home Owners While Working with Travel Agents

 

Even if you had not approached a travel agent, you might get a call from them saying they have a couple of clients who want to rent your holiday home. Yes, travel agents can sometimes be a source of bookings for your holiday home because they often work for clients who may not have discovered your property otherwise. Having said that the role of travel agents in the holiday Read the rest “Tips for Holiday Home Owners While Working with Travel Agents”

Creating Enforceable Holiday Home Rules for Guests

Creating Enforceable Holiday Home Rules for Guests

Holiday home rental invariably means you will be opening the doors of your house – that represent significant monetary and sentimental value – to guests whom you definitely haven’t met before. So trust is the first factor that decides whether you would be renting your property to a set of guests or not. You will definitely have a list of dos and don’ts for guests, which you would like them Read the rest “Creating Enforceable Holiday Home Rules for Guests”

Ways to Counter Mid-construction Price Escalation

For a buyer who has bought a plot and is constructing a house on it or even if he is buying an under construction property from a developer, mid-construction price escalation can be a major irritant. While most people face such situations from time to time, they however are unaware that price escalation is actually a result of poor overall project planning. Planning well ahead is perhaps the best option Read the rest “Ways to Counter Mid-construction Price Escalation”

Engaging your Holiday Home Guests in Cooking as an Activity

Cooking – A leisure activity which doesn’t involve much physical strain while being engaging.

Most guests these days watch masterchef series and seem to enjoy it. No, we are not suggesting a masterchef demo or a glorified chef class. I am only elaborating on the fact that most guests are exposed to a lot more variety that we can think. Food is on everyone’s lips; so why not make it Read the rest “Engaging your Holiday Home Guests in Cooking as an Activity”

How to Handle Unsavory Situations in your Holiday Home

Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worse is the key to a successful holiday home rental business. Invariable holiday home owners should always have a contingency plan in case of situations which come to fore unexpectedly without any warning.

Most owners of holiday homes face situations where there is damage to their property, unruly behavior from guests, exceeding maximum occupancy, etc. As such they are at the wits Read the rest “How to Handle Unsavory Situations in your Holiday Home”

Tips to Counter High Humidity from Spoiling the Interiors

The monsoon is a major event every year and the outdoors may look good and lush green. But because of the high humidity, the season is hard on houses, furniture, and the furnishings. Here are some of the things you can do to prepare your home to counter high humidity from spoiling the interiors.

1. Building:

Before the monsoon starts, is the time to inspect your house for leakages. Check Read the rest “Tips to Counter High Humidity from Spoiling the Interiors”

Sending E-newsletters to Ensure Repeat Bookings and Referrals

E-newsletterInvariably for all holiday home/ homestay owners getting repeat bookings or returning guests are very important because they are already pre-qualified, you have screened them earlier and based on your past experiences you can decide whether to host them again or not. Moreover, if they had a good time at your property, whenever they speak to their friends and family about their last vacation, they will invariably refer to your Read the rest “Sending E-newsletters to Ensure Repeat Bookings and Referrals”

Tips to Screen Guests Before you Agree and Accept Payment

 

Before you say yes to a renter and take the payment it is very essential that you know whom you are renting out your home to. As such, it becomes necessary for you as the holiday home owner to screen your guests before you open the doors of your vacation home to them. Having said that, bombarding the inquirer with a host of questions can drive him away. At Read the rest “Tips to Screen Guests Before you Agree and Accept Payment”

10 Top Vacation Rental Websites to List your Property

 

It is a saying that aptly applies to owners of holiday homes and homestays that do not put all the eggs in one basket. For a holiday home owner, his first step to marketing his property is to list it in a vacation rental website. These websites are high on traffic, are highly ranked in search engines and give owners an easy-to-use interface to add his property details Read the rest “10 Top Vacation Rental Websites to List your Property”

Tips to Choosing the Right Coffee Machine for your Holiday Home Guests

A coffee machine or a coffee maker is a cooking appliance used to brew coffee without having to boil the water separately. There are different types of coffee machines depending on the brewing principles. However, in most machines, coffee grounds are placed in a paper or metal filter inside a funnel and cold water is poured into a separate chamber, which is heated up till the boiling point and directed Read the rest “Tips to Choosing the Right Coffee Machine for your Holiday Home Guests”

Case Study: How to Present your Property to Best Advantage

Very often, when I take up a property for review, my aim is to find things that the owners can do to improve the property. This week, however, I’ll review a property that has great interiors and is photographed well – a Heritage Portuguese Villa in Anjuna, Goa.

Each photograph in this listing has been carefully thought through and the property listing has a full complement of pictures to highlight Read the rest “Case Study: How to Present your Property to Best Advantage”

Restrictions Imposed by Co-operative Housing Societies and HOAs on Guesthouses / Vacation Rentals

If your property is located within a gated community managed by a Co-operative housing society or a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) there may be numerous restrictions which might come between you and your holiday home rental business. We have seen various forms of this including restrictions on operating a guesthouse or bed and breakfast, to restrictions on rentals below a certain duration to requiring that all tenants are approved by a Read the rest “Restrictions Imposed by Co-operative Housing Societies and HOAs on Guesthouses / Vacation Rentals”

Craigslist.com – still not ready for the vacation rental industry

 

Craigslist.com is today considered the world’s largest online classified ad service, created by Craig Newmark in 1995 on a simple promise – free online classified ads – and accidentally discovered a powerful niche. Over the years Craigslist has proven to be a very successful tool in regards to free classifieds and many have used it to find employees, find jobs, buy and sell everything or even to find a Read the rest “Craigslist.com – still not ready for the vacation rental industry”

Tips to boost occupancy of your holiday home during monsoons

Holiday home monsoon marketingIdeally the monsoons are seen as a lean period by most holiday home/ homestay owners and by travelers as the period that rains discounts and travel offers. However with a good mix of marketing and planning owners can boost occupancy even during this period. Having said that, just plain vanilla discounts will not do the trick. It is the rain experience that you will have to offer that will help Read the rest “Tips to boost occupancy of your holiday home during monsoons”

Top tips to consider while preparing a holiday home menu card

Holiday home menu cardIf you are providing meals to guests coming to stay in your holiday home/ homestay, the best way to do away with all ambiguity is by preparing a menu card for them to choose from. While it may seem a difficult task, in actuality a holiday home menu card can be easily prepared based on how equipped your kitchen is, the cook’s expertise and climatic conditions of your locality.

Here Read the rest “Top tips to consider while preparing a holiday home menu card”

Gazebos, Salas to glam up your vacation home garden

Gazebos, Salas to glam up your vacation home garden

Those of who follow our website and Facebook page may have guessed by now that we have a fondness for Gazebos. We keep featuring them and never get tired of them. While some people may find this strange, I have always felt that this is the one feature that is cheap to build and maintain and adds tremendous value to homes. As such, I felt we should do an article Read the rest “Gazebos, Salas to glam up your vacation home garden”

Designing your home library – things to keep in mind

Designing your home library – things to keep in mind

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When I was young boy, much before satellite television and all the distractions it brought with it, one of the activities I used to enjoy on every vacation was spending time at the library. Two of them especially come to mind – a lending library in the small town where I used to visit my grandparents and the other – a private library owned by an uncle whose plantation Read the rest “Designing your home library – things to keep in mind”

Preparing your holiday home/ homestay for the rainy season

Preparing your holiday home/ homestay for the rainy season

The rainy season will soon begin and it’s that time of the year when you need to prepare ahead. For holiday home/ homestay owners, preparing the property to ensure that even during the rains guests have a good time is very important. Here’s what you can do:

Decluttering: This is perhaps the best time to declutter your property. Make a list of the things that are not required for the Read the rest “Preparing your holiday home/ homestay for the rainy season”

Importance of swimming pool filtration system – choosing the right one

Importance of swimming pool filtration system – choosing the right one

The home swimming pool is probably one of the largest investments most homeowners make, second only to the home itself. Having a swimming pool at your home can no doubt add value, but unless it is properly maintained, it can soon become a liability and an eyesore. And the swimming pool filtration system can be the single-most important equipment you can install to ensure that your swimming pool is good Read the rest “Importance of swimming pool filtration system – choosing the right one”