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Review: holiday/ vacation home locks – cheap and best

Review: holiday/ vacation home locks – cheap and best

[wzslider autoplay=”true” info=”true” lightbox=”true”]Now a problem we always have as vacation rental owners or holiday home owners who have visitors staying over and no permanent caretaker is how to hand over the keys to our customers. In some locations, we are lucky to have key-holding services or property management companies who can hand over the keys and inspect our properties on checkout. I however have always found it difficult Read the rest “Review: holiday/ vacation home locks – cheap and best”

Air bed review – the end of sofa beds?

Air bed review – the end of sofa beds?

Hi everyone,

I recently had a good opportunity to try installing an airbed in one of my properties. As Vacation rental and homestay owners, we always run short of space for our guests and I personally feel that sound sleep is an important part of guests relaxing on the weekend. I have been hearing of Airbeds for some time now (made famous also by airbnb) – and I  thought I Read the rest “Air bed review – the end of sofa beds?”

3 products to make your home stand out in your neighborhood

 

Customized tiles: RAK Ceramics’ Nanopix tiles incorporate high definition nanometer photographic technology that produces homogenous high-resolution designs even along edges. The finishes available are glazed, natural and lapato. Size options include: 60cm x 60cm (9.5mm) and 45cm x 90cm (11.5mm). Suitable for both wall and floor applications, they can be used inside and outside. Customization of an image is also possible. Prices range from $2.5 (for a 60cm x Read the rest “3 products to make your home stand out in your neighborhood”

Hot gadgets to add value to your holiday home

Whether it’s you and your family who come to enjoy a vacation or you are running a vacation rental business, new-age technology today offers a wide variety of solutions to ensure that your home is not only safe, but also adds value.

With several appliances and electronic gadgets being introduced in the market every other day, here are some gadgets that could make your home not only cool, but also Read the rest “Hot gadgets to add value to your holiday home”

A touch of luxury – 3 products to ramp up your vacation home!

Fendi Casa has a collection of luxury furniture, furnishings and home accessories in a fusion of classic and contemporary designs. On offer is an exhaustive range of sofas, chaise lounges, coffee tables, dining tables and chairs, beds and consoles, cabinets, bookshelves and desks. The use of opulent premium materials makes this collection perfect for any room. Plaza, the contemporary modular sofa (see image above) is available in three and four Read the rest “A touch of luxury – 3 products to ramp up your vacation home!”

Give a fresh look to your home with PURE fine fabrics

Iris collection

Spring, as we all know, is a season of fresh colours and all things new, and a time for nature to redevelop. PURE, a premium home textile brand from the house of G.M Syntex, India’s leading home textile manufacturer, has launched its new collection named Havanas and Iris. This collection will lighten up your house, restore your connect with nature and give it a natural whimsical look. 

Iris collection

The Havana collection Read the rest “Give a fresh look to your home with PURE fine fabrics”

Smart space saver – optimizing space with Hafele’s hidden bed!

For a home owner, one thing that always plays on his mind while designing the house, is optimizing space. Even for a holiday home owner, accommodating an extra bed without having to compromise on the chic interiors, is also very vital. Perhaps in the world of optimizing space, one of the most practical inventions ever made, is the wall or pull-down bed.

There are several options available today in the Read the rest “Smart space saver – optimizing space with Hafele’s hidden bed!”

Telescopic swimming pool enclosures – investment worth every penny!

Telescopic swimming pool enclosureHave you always wanted to use your swimming pool the whole year round, even when raining or snowing, when windy or cold, and even at night? During winter and the height of summer, the pool is either never used or at best, used sparingly.  This is precisely where a telescopic swimming pool enclosure comes into play.

Firstly, what exactly is a telescopic poor enclosure?

A telescopic pool enclosure not only Read the rest “Telescopic swimming pool enclosures – investment worth every penny!”

Portable shades for gardens can redefine outdoor living!

Invariably, a garden or lawn of a holiday home is a huge draw for vacationers. There is nothing better than to relax with a refreshing drink in the great outdoors during a vacation. But if the bright sun and sweltering heat is the reason your guests refuse to step out, have you thought about setting up a detachable outdoor shade?

While garden umbrellas are most commonly used in homes, the Read the rest “Portable shades for gardens can redefine outdoor living!”

5 must-haves for home owners in year 2012

A heady blend of good design, innovation and function awaits you in 2012. From chairs to cook-tops and furnishings to fans, technology drives us forward. You have refrigerators that go beyond just cooling; showerheads that give you different bathing experiences; microwave ovens that adjust the cooking base on a built-in recipe database; toilet seats that glow in the dark; chairs that can be almost entirely recycled; everything is on technology’s Read the rest “5 must-haves for home owners in year 2012”

Equip your holiday home with threat-free WiFi

With growing threats of accessing WiFi connections outside your holiday home or homestays, it is now a must to equip one’s premises with threat-free WiFi systems, said Hemal Patel, CEO of Elitecore Technologies,  in an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times.

Can you tell us a bit about your Group?
Hemal Patel: In order to address the growing demand for all-inclusive security solutions within the reach of households, we … Read the rest “Equip your holiday home with threat-free WiFi”

‘Holiday homes must know the benefits of SS tank geysers’

Holiday Home Times caught up with the winner of the Special National Award-2010 for outstanding Women Entrepreneurship in MSMEs, Mrs. Ruby Garg, of M/s Imperial Home Appliances, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, who underlined the benefits holiday home owners can get from water heaters fitted with Stainless Steel (SS) Tanks.

Excerpts of the interview…

Congratulations ma’am on winning the award. What do you think is the reason behind your success?
Ruby Garg:Read the rest “‘Holiday homes must know the benefits of SS tank geysers’”

Securing your holiday home with the best security system

Vikram Atwal, Director at VySecure Pvt. Ltd, a company offering complete security solutions to home owners, speaks to Holiday Home Times on why a holiday home owner must install a security system in his home.

Excerpts of the interview…

Please tell us something about your company, VYSecure.
Vikram Atwal: We at VySecure are neutral to vendors, manufacturers, and technologies. Instead we are customer-centric, which means we understand the requirements of Read the rest “Securing your holiday home with the best security system”

‘Holiday home owners can benefit from solar water heaters’

Solar water heater

In an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times, Mr Nitin Gupta, Solar Thermal Head (North) at Tata BP Solar India Ltd, says that holiday home owners can benefit immensely by installing solar water heaters in their vacation homes.

Excerpts of the interview…

Kindly explain in brief what solar water heaters are all about.
Nitin Gupta: Solar water heaters are a cost-effective way to generate hot water for one’s home. Read the rest “‘Holiday home owners can benefit from solar water heaters’”

Ensure a pest-free holiday home

Mosquito free holiday home

Some ways to ensure a mosquito-free holiday home

Come June, and the monsoon sets in, with lush foliage, the heady fragrance of earth and a freshness typical of this season. Travelers look forward to rain holidays, trekking opportunities and then returning home to hot snacks and freshly-brewed mugs of tea.

Unfortunately in this season, along with holidaymakers, comes another set of uninvited but also eager visitors – mosquitoes.  

Gardens and Read the rest “Ensure a pest-free holiday home”

A dish-washer can minimise hassles for the holiday home owner

On many occasions when guests vacate the holiday home, they leave behind a pile of soiled utensils in the kitchen sink. And when the holiday home owner stays in a different city, it’s almost impossible for her/ him to come down and check on the kitchen sink. Moreover inventory management in all holiday homes in India is non-existent. So there will be several broken plates and other utensils too and Read the rest “A dish-washer can minimise hassles for the holiday home owner”

Holiday homes can benefit from water conditioner usage: Nanda

Sunil NandaWith the water in most parts of India unfit for most of the daily chores, holiday home and vacation home owners can hugely benefit by using water conditioners, says Mr. Sunil Nanda, Director at JS Water Energy Life, a company manufacturing magnetic water conditioners.

Excerpts of the interview…

Briefly please tell us what water conditioners are and how different are them from traditional ROs?
Sunil Nanda: The commonly used terms Read the rest “Holiday homes can benefit from water conditioner usage: Nanda”

Keep your holiday home fresh with an automatic air freshener

Automatic air freshener dispenserIt’s a fact well agreed by all that a home that smells good, emits positive vibes too. For ages, several techniques have been employed to keep one’s home smelling good and to eliminate airborne bacteria and unpleasant odour.  A variety of compounds have been tried and tested in the past for their abilities to create pleasant aromas or eliminate unwanted odour. However after the introduction of the modern air freshener Read the rest “Keep your holiday home fresh with an automatic air freshener”

Some creature comforts I love – Gazebos

Hudson Ohio fall gazebo on the GreenImage by cmcbrown via Flickr

I love Gazebos – they are perfect for sitting outdoors with friends and family and for sipping wine in the candlelight. They are also a great place for breakfast as the sun rises or else for a barbeque (BBQ) in the afternoon with a chilled beer for company.

Today gazebo designs are available in the market in different styles and sizes to fit one’s needs Read the rest “Some creature comforts I love – Gazebos”