Dalena Properties
Dec 08 2017

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Advice for Renting Out Your Holiday Home
Holiday Accommodation in Umhlanga, Durban is in high demand over December.

The holiday season is upon us once again and many holiday home owners will be looking to take advantage of the influx of holiday makers to rent out their holiday homes for a quick profit.

There is however, a lot of thought and preparation that needs to go in getting your holiday home ready and into top shape for your visitors. Your holiday tenants will expect nothing but the best and they are willing to pay for it. Offering them mediocre accommodation just will not cut it in this competitive industry, unless you're offering a cheaper, self catering type accommodation.

Once you have the property in top shape, you can then consider the rental price and it is always a good idea to keep everything relative to the rental prices in your area.

The location of your holiday home is an important factor when considering the price. Tourists and locals alike, flock to the coast in December, so places such as Cape Town's Seaboard, Durban's north coast and St. Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape will likely see higher accommodation prices than other destinations around the country.

With that in mind, we have listed 6 helpful tips to help get your property prepared for your visitors.

1. Inside & Outside the Property.

One of the first checks you should complete is to check that all doors have keys and can lock - that also includes all bedroom and bathroom doors.

The outside of your property is equally important because it is the first thing your visitors will see when they arrive. One of the most important things that you should focus on is the garden. Ensure that your garden and driveway are tidy and look appealing. Make sure the grass and edging is neatly trimmed and if you have a swimming pool, make sure that it is sparking clean.

2. The Kitchen & Bathroom Areas.

You need to take the time and effort to ensure that your kitchen and bathroom are in a flawless condition. Starting in the kitchen, you should double check to ensure that all electrical kitchen appliances are in good, working order, such as the stove, oven, kettle and refrigerator. You should also check that there is sufficient crockery, glasses and cutlery available and that these items are in a clean and polished condition.

The bathrooms and en-suites should be thoroughly cleaned, while showers and baths should be left mold free. There is nothing more off-putting to any holiday maker, than arriving to a dirty or moldy bathroom.

3. Toiletries & Linen.

It is always a good idea to see that there is a fresh supply of toiletries for your guests. Leaving a complimentary basket of soap and shampoo in the bathroom will certainly go a long way in impressing your visitors.

You should always leave a fresh supply of linen. That means all bed sheets, pillowcases; throws and towels need to be washed thoroughly and laid out for your guests, even if your linen has been packed away in the closet. Clean linen and bedding is one of the most important things that your visitors will expect, so it is vital to ensure that all the beds are immaculately presented, using the good, clean linen.

4. Furnish Your Holiday Home Accordingly.

When folks go on vacation, they want to relax and put their feet up - literally! That means your living room furniture should reflect their mood and lifestyle. Holiday makers are not so much concerned if you don't have the best lounge suite - but what is important, is that it's comfortable. You should also see that your sofa is clean and comfy and that there are enough scatter cushions and throws available, which will go a long way in adding extra comfort, style and appeal.

Bedroom furniture should also be taken into consideration, particularly the master bed. When on vacation, your guests want to relax and sleep in comfort. If your beds are uncomfortable, it is almost certain your guests will not want to return. Having a good quality, comfortable bed and mattress is essential for your guests and it will almost certainly make the difference between a forgettable and an enjoyable holiday experience.

5. Pets or No Pets.

This can be a somewhat controversial topic, which many holiday home owners will differ in opinion about. Some of the reasons why holiday home owners object to pets are because they may cause damage to the furniture, flooring or carpets and there is also the obvious fact that pets leave hair on the furniture.

Having said that, to compromise for allowing pets you, could stipulate that only small pets are allowed or on condition that they remain off the furniture and beds, which is a perfectly reasonable request. Most pet owners will respect this and go as far as to give the house a quick vacuum before they leave, to ensure that any dirt and loose dog hair has been cleaned up.

6. Finishing Touches.

Lastly, there are a few finishing touches that you should consider, before your guests arrive.

a. Check that all light bulbs inside and outside the house are in a good working condition, so as to ensure that your guests won't be left sitting in the dark.

b. Check to see that all remote controls are working and preferably have new batteries.

c. Leave a few tourist type magazines and flyers available for your visitors to peruse at their leisure. Tourists want to explore your area, so travel magazines, like Getaway and National Geographic that focus on your area will offer tourists a lot of useful information, while local travel leaflets and flyers are extremely useful and may even persuade your guests to stay longer or return later on.

d. Finally, as a nice gesture, consider leaving 1 or 2 board games for your visitors to enjoy. You'd be surprised how many fond memories are made, when families and friends get together over a game of Monopoly or Pictionary and will create a lasting impression in your guests' minds for years to come!

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