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Tips to choosing the right location to buy your holiday home

Tips to choosing the right location to buy your holiday home

 

Choosing the right location is very important for any property acquisition. When it comes to purchasing a holiday home where you intend spending vacations with your family, or maybe in the future when you can earn income by renting it out, the location becomes even more important.

Here are a few points that should be considered, before deciding on the location of your second home:

1- Buying for yourself: Read the rest “Tips to choosing the right location to buy your holiday home”

Holiday homes Vs. Timeshares Vs. Fractional Ownership

Holiday homes Vs. Timeshares Vs. Fractional Ownership

In many instances we have found upper middle class families confused about the differences between owning a vacation home or second home and investing in a product like a timeshare or fractional ownership. We get this query often and so it makes sense to define these differences.

Owning a holiday home: You own the property as per prevailing property laws in the country and state that the property is in. Read the rest “Holiday homes Vs. Timeshares Vs. Fractional Ownership”

How time consuming will running your Holiday Rental business be?

Yes, indeed the success of your holiday home rental business will depend on how much time you will be able to put in in running it. So before you even start working on the marketing plan for your holiday home rental business, you must determine how involved you would like to be in the rental process. Renting your vacation home though not a full time job, does requires some level Read the rest “How time consuming will running your Holiday Rental business be?”

A simple egg sandwich

A simple egg sandwich

Mashing hard-boiled eggs with some mayo, salt and pepper gives you a common method of creating an egg sandwich. To add some crunchiness to your sandwich add some lettuce to impress your guests. This simple method can create a blend that is more than just an egg sandwich. Albeit, if you want your guests to feel more special, you can add a few more details…

Adding fresh herbs like cilantro Read the rest “A simple egg sandwich”

Big ideas for the little room

Big ideas for the little room

This week, rather than write a property clinic article, I thought I’d write about bathrooms in general. For people like us in the hospitality industry, bathrooms are the deal-maker. Guests are more influenced in their opinion of a property by the bathroom than any other room. Have a great bathroom, and people will definitely discuss it with your friends.

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Size matters: Larger bathrooms always impress guests. If you Read the rest “Big ideas for the little room”

Painting your home to add value to your property

It goes without saying that if you want to give your home a bit of extra sparkle, the best way to do it is with a new paint job. It is amazing what a coat of paint can do; it can lighten an old place up, making it look new and bright. Not only that, putting a new coat of paint also makes good sense as it will help to Read the rest “Painting your home to add value to your property”

Crepes all day – a delicious and easy to make recipe!

Crepes were discovered by French chefs for royalty – delicate and thin, easy to make and quick to serve.

They can be enjoyed for all meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and even for dessert. The French discovered this lovely recipe, which is fairly easy to make and quick to serve. All you need is eggs, flour, milk, butter and sugar which are easily available in most kitchens. The cooking time Read the rest “Crepes all day – a delicious and easy to make recipe!”

Making a great property even better

In this week’s column, we look at a very good property indeed – a two-bedroom apartment in a resort in Candolim, Goa – that’s tastefully furnished and extremely welcoming as a holiday homestay.

The apartment has a sofa-bed that can sleep an additional two people. Perhaps because it’s in a resort, one of the photos shows the sofa-bed converted, with proper bed dressing. It’s always important to have photographs of Read the rest “Making a great property even better”

10 mistakes to avoid when selecting the right contractor

Without doubt hiring a contractor to build your home is like adding a temporary member to your family. There is a lot of interaction required between you and him. Therefore, it is important to find someone you can get along with and who will do the job right. To make an informed and intelligent decision, there are several key questions you should pose to the shortlisted contractors and compare their Read the rest “10 mistakes to avoid when selecting the right contractor”

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”

Stocking your holiday home kitchen for guests

Are you trying too hard to keep your guest happy? You can tell a place has hospitable and fun owners by their kitchen stock.

Guests follow their instinct and walk into your kitchen and what do they find? Well! What they want or like is different, choices are varied. Is it possible to please all on a taxing budget? Stocking your pantry can get a little complicated if not prepared.Read the rest “Stocking your holiday home kitchen for guests”

Converting the holiday home study room into a bedroom for the peak season rush

Do you have a small room in your property, which you would like to transform into a bedroom to deal with extra guests during the peak season? 

Usually, the study room, which is smaller than your bedrooms of your holiday home, is the least used room.  Even when you are taking a vacation in your holiday home, you tend to use the study room very sparingly. So why not covert Read the rest “Converting the holiday home study room into a bedroom for the peak season rush”

Easy ways to add value to your holiday home

Have you thought of increasing the value of your holiday home by making certain improvements? If so, then the first tip is that home improvements must be carried out according to the value of the property and its location. As a homeowner you must not get carried away when making improvements.

As property prices and interest rates rise, holiday home owners have to also hike their rental prices but they Read the rest “Easy ways to add value to your holiday home”

Wall decoration of your home – using wallpapers to make a style statement

A few years ago, homeowners used to paint their entire house in one or a couple of shades. But now they want to have specific walls, some portion of the room or some rooms done differently with theme motifs, patterns, textures and contrasting colors, which not only match one’s tastes but also accompany seasonal changes as well.

And invariably, wallpaper is increasingly making its presence felt. Whether redecorating an entire Read the rest “Wall decoration of your home – using wallpapers to make a style statement”

Garden ornaments to add glitter to the outdoor space of your home

Decorating the garden of your home or holiday home and converting it to a wonderful outdoor space will add tremendous value to your property.  Given a chance, guests would always prefer spending time outdoors and a nicely manicured and planned garden can be that ideal space to spend some time with their friends or family.

However most home owners feel that maintaining a garden or outdoor space takes a great Read the rest “Garden ornaments to add glitter to the outdoor space of your home”

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”

Using rugs to lighten up your holiday home décor

There are so many things to be sorted out while doing-up a holiday home, like furniture, matching upholstery, color schemes for the walls, lighting, etc. that we often overlook the floor we tread on, which also contributes towards the décor of the room.

When we consider the floor, we think of surface types such as tiles, marble and wood. These materials add value to the décor in their own way, Read the rest “Using rugs to lighten up your holiday home décor”

Doing up your homestay for fun and profit!

As a homestay owner, one of the most important things you can do to improve your room revenues is to renovate. This does not mean going all out and making your guestrooms look like luxury hotel rooms – in fact, that’s the one thing you should not do, as guests who choose homestays do so to get away from the bland standardised hotel room. However, ensuring that your guestroom looks Read the rest “Doing up your homestay for fun and profit!”

Effective space management – tips for an intelligent home décor

It’s not always that one’s budget permits to buy a palatial house! Contrary to the common notion, that larger homes require more effort to do-up, it is actually the interior decoration of smaller houses that requires more intelligence. Any interior decorator will tell you that whether large or small, space management is the key. Spaces in a home can be meticulously planned to meet the needs of an individual even Read the rest “Effective space management – tips for an intelligent home décor”

Holiday home rental process – handing over keys to guests

Now that you are ready to receive guests for your holiday home, you need to find a way to hand over the keys. If you have a caretaker in place or if you have taken the services of a property management company then it takes care of most of the problems, but if  you are managing your holiday home rental yourself, you need to find a way to allow entry Read the rest “Holiday home rental process – handing over keys to guests”