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They do it with Mirrors – Part 2

In the last post, we saw how mirrors can be used as art, either to complement existing pieces of art, or as art works themselves. In this story, we’ll see what are the other things you can do with mirrors in your homestay.

Transform Furniture

The amount of impact elements of interior design have on a room is related to the surface area they present visually. Next to the flooring, Read the rest “They do it with Mirrors – Part 2”

They do it with mirrors – Part 1

With apologies to Agatha Christie for the title, this week we’ll look at how, in your homestay, mirrors can brighten up small spaces, create an illusion of space, serve as objects d’art, and create a sense of drama and intrigue in a space.

Mirrors are now one of the cheapest and most common materials in interiors, but this wasn’t always so. Before the industrial age, quality glass was difficult to Read the rest “They do it with mirrors – Part 1”

Your Tax Obligations on a Rental Property in Australia

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”

Dos and Dont’s for Holiday Home Owners Staying Onsite

Dos and Dont’s for Holiday Home Owners Staying Onsite

 

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”

Tankless Water Heaters: Unlimited hot water + Lower Energy Costs.

Tankless water heaterMany holiday home owners are discussing the pros and cons of installing a tankless water heater as opposed to a conventional electric storage heater in their property. So I thought why not give you an understanding whether a tankless water heater is worth the investment.

While there are both gas and electric powered tankless water heaters available in the market, we will take a look at only the gas powered Read the rest “Tankless Water Heaters: Unlimited hot water + Lower Energy Costs.”

Catering to Guests with Toddlers

There was a time when parents would eagerly wait for 4 to 5 years for their kids to grow up before they take a vacation. But not anymore! Parents today are traveling with toddlers and with many accommodations offering toddler-friendly homes, they no longer need to worry about their kid’s safety. While parenting and particularly taking care of toddlers is very stressful, parents love to take an occasional vacation which Read the rest “Catering to Guests with Toddlers”

Tips on Responding to Positive Reviews on your Holiday Home

Ideally it is the negative reviews that shake us up and we try to resolve the issues and write extensive emails to these negative reviewers on how you have taken care of the issues about your holiday home he had mentioned in his review.

However when a guest writes a positive review, holiday home owners do nothing more than linking it to their property website or updating the testimonial section Read the rest “Tips on Responding to Positive Reviews on your Holiday Home”

Importance of Using TripVillas’ Location Info Fields while Listing your Holiday Home

For a traveler who would be visiting a relatively unfamiliar location for a holiday, it is imperative that your holiday home listing conveys and gives a fair understanding of the area. There are two ways of achieving this – (i) Add a couple of sentences in your listing description that say something about the area where your property is located and (ii) Intelligently using the Map View Marker to pinpoint Read the rest “Importance of Using TripVillas’ Location Info Fields while Listing your Holiday Home”

Is It Worth Taking a Landlord’s Insurance in Australia?

When you purchase a property in Australia, you will generally be required to take a Building Insurance if you have a mortgage on the property.  This will cover the property for damage to it such as a fire. Even if you don’t have a mortgage on the property, Building Insurance is an essential cost to ensure your property value is covered in unfortunate circumstances. Whilst some cultures consider it bad Read the rest “Is It Worth Taking a Landlord’s Insurance in Australia?”

Must-Have Beach Embellishments for your Holiday Home

If you have a beach property where guests come to enjoy a lazy vacation by the ocean, it always pays to keep a couple of beach accessories at your holiday home which they can use. Not only can you boast about these accessories in the description of your listing, you can actually charge them extra if you want to. Keeping some beach embellishments in your holiday home will also add Read the rest “Must-Have Beach Embellishments for your Holiday Home”

TripVillas’ Rate Manager – Helping Owners to Add Different Rental Rates

For owners of holiday homes, it is no doubt a strenuous task to cater to short-term guests or weekenders because it involves a lot of hands-on pre and post preparations of the property. The owner needs to hire a caretaker, a cook and a cleaning person or housekeeping, because almost all short-term guests taking a break from the busy city life want to be pampered like in a hotel. Thus Read the rest “TripVillas’ Rate Manager – Helping Owners to Add Different Rental Rates”

Using HelloSign or EchoSign for E-Signature of your Rental Agreement

Holiday home  owners on many occasions lose out on guests due to the usual delays in signing of the rental agreement. The guest would promise they will send the contract first thing in the morning and you would block the dates at your end in the meantime. But days pass and you still don’t get the contract and thus lose out not only on that guest(s), but also others who Read the rest “Using HelloSign or EchoSign for E-Signature of your Rental Agreement”

Using Wikivoyage to Improve your Vacation Rental’s SEO and Web Presence

Wikivoyage homepageIt’s really amazing how things change fast and for the better. Just a decade ago we were still flipping through the pages of an encyclopedia to hunt for the information we wanted. But then with Wikipedia things changed at a fast pace and even the 244-year-old Encyclopedia Britannica couldn’t compete with it as they published its last print edition in May 2012. Now Wikipedia has forayed into the travel industry Read the rest “Using Wikivoyage to Improve your Vacation Rental’s SEO and Web Presence”

Review of FlipKey: Should your Vacation Rental Ad Dollars go here?

Before we go to our review on Flipkey.com let us take a quick overview of TripAdvisor.com which owns it.

For the last couple of years it has been a norm for me, like million others, that I check the reviews of the accommodations on TripAdvisor before booking one. And why not! TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel-review website and traveler reviews can really affect one’s decision-making to an alarming extent.Read the rest “Review of FlipKey: Should your Vacation Rental Ad Dollars go here?”

Using Moodboards to Plan your Homestay Interiors

Moodboards are collections of samples of all materials you plan to use in your interiors. The samples are small in size, and usually proportionate to their intended use, so that, at a glance, you get an idea of all the colors and textures in a space.

A moodboard is a very useful tool to get all the right materials and finishes required for the space without making mistakes.

When selecting Read the rest “Using Moodboards to Plan your Homestay Interiors”

Using and benefiting from TripVillas’ Newly Launched ‘Book Now’ Facility

In case of the vacation rental booking instant booking is unheard of owing to the nature of the business which is many ways different from the hotel industry primarily the time required from when the traveler decides on an accommodation to the time he gets a confirmed booking. As such, owners lose several hundreds of travelers who look to book instantly. Plus travelers today are used to visiting a travel Read the rest “Using and benefiting from TripVillas’ Newly Launched ‘Book Now’ Facility”

Having Strict Rules on How Guests Should Leave the Property Before Vacating it

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”

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Home – Taking Cues from Costa Rica

Sustainable holiday homeThere is no doubt about the importance that Mother Nature plays in everyone’s life. There has been many initiatives around the world to keep our Natural Resources alive for our grandchildren to enjoy. One of this initiative has been Sustainable Tourism, but what exactly is Sustainable Tourism?  It is a type of tourism attempting to make as low an impact on the environment and local culture as possible, while helping
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Ways to Make your Second Home Ready to Receive Guests

Ways to Make your Second Home Ready to Receive Guests

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”

Catering to Older Travelers – Preparing your Holiday Home, Some Tips

Catering to Older Travelers – Preparing your Holiday Home, Some Tips

Senior holiday homeJust 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”