Vacation Rental Management

Vacation Rental Pros and Cons

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management The vacation rental industry is growing with more travelers choosing vacation rentals over hotels than ever before (49% according to Trip Advisor.) As a result more and more homeowners are choosing to rent out their luxurious vacation homes. If you are considering this option, we have a list of vacation rental pros and cons that will help guide you to the right decision when determining how to best enter the vacation rental market. Vacation Rental Pros: There are many upsides to renting out your vacation home. 1. Leverage Unused Time For Income There are likely many days and weeks that your vacation home is left unoccupied. If you decide to start a vacation rental business you will reap the benefits of watching your home’s previously unused time turn into cold hard cash.  It’s this financial upside that is clearly first on the list of vacation rental pros. 2. Offset Mortgage Expenses Turning your vacation home into a revenue stream can serve as a great way to offset your mortgage and maintenance expenses. According to HomeAway, 49% of homeowners report that their rental income covers at least three-quarters of their mortgage payments. This additional income can [...]

Four Partners Essential To Building A Successful Vacation Rental Business

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management The vacation rental business is growing at a rapid pace and can serve as a great way to offset a vacation homeowner’s mortgage and maintenance costs. However, homeowners may shy away because of the hours required to manage bookings and the effort needed to meet the demands of this complex industry. Good news, there are a number professionals you can partner with that will make diving into the vacation rental business much less daunting. Property Manager – Ensures Your Home is 100% Guest Ready Choosing someone to manage the maintenance of your home will be crucial to the success of your vacation rental business. Your property manager will oversee housekeeping and handle all property maintenance. They should be well connected in the area as they will be helping you hire and manage the housekeeper, pool service, exterminator, landscaper, air-conditioning service, etc., They will ensure any repairs are taken care of and that household supplies are in stock. We recommend you build a house inventory that can serve as their shopping list for getting your home set-up. Then, have the property manager use it as checklist after every guest visit to assess for damages and ensure [...]

Benefits of a Vacation Home Exchange

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management Love your second home in Jackson Hole, but long to spend a week relaxing on the beaches in the Caribbean? A vacation home exchange may be in order. Vacation home exchange is exactly as it sounds. You trade a stay in your lovely home for a stay in another family’s fabulous vacation villa in the Turks and Caicos. Or Paris. Or Tuscany. You pick. Opening up your home to other like-minded families unlocks a world of possibilities. Your vacation options expand exponentially  without any additional expense for accommodations. In essence, you leverage the investment you’ve already made as a way to travel the world. As a vacation homeowner you already know that staying in a home is a much more authentic way to travel and experience a foreign destination. When you stay as a guest of a homeowner you’ll get a list of their local recommendations and favorite haunts. You’ll walk the neighborhood, shop at the local market and gather in the kitchen for meals. Instead of being confined to a hotel room, you can unwind and reconnect while barbequing on the patio. Besides the economical considerations, another tangible benefit to vacation home exchange is that it truly [...]

Do I Need a Property Manager for My Vacation Rental?

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management When deciding to rent out your vacation home your first question may be, “Do I need a property manager for my vacation rental?” If you are looking to generate substantial income and not looking for a second job, the simple answer is yes. In order to run a successful vacation home rental operation, you need to put your business hat on and start thinking about your second home as a revenue stream. Getting the appropriate support staff in place will be key to your rental success and will also help you protect your home as the vacation getaway you always intended it to be. Property maintenance is a constant for homeowners and maintaining a second home an airplane trip away can be both time consuming and challenging. Hiring a local property manager to handle the maintenance and upkeep of your vacation home will give you the peace of mind you desire while also ensuring your home is in tip-top shape for renters. It is critical that your home be well maintained to ensure the best possible guest experience. Positive experiences lead to positive reviews, your best form of online marketing. We recommend hiring [...]