Do you want to make some extra cash by transforming your home into a vacation getaway? If so, it’s time to start planning. You‘ll want to make your home attractive to vacationers so that they choose your home over other vacation rentals, while also ensuring that the property is safe and secure.

 Step 1: Finding Your Short-Term Renter

Vacationers have a wide array of criteria when they’re looking for a retreat. Some are looking for peaceful rest and relaxation. Others are looking for fun nights out on the town. Many are looking for adventure. Examine your property location and determine the target renters to whom your place will appeal.

For instance, according to Turnkey, a home in Santa Barbara will attract visitors near and far because of its year-round mild climate, Spanish-influenced culture, dozens of wineries, outdoor recreation in the Santa Ynez, and wine tasting at State Street or Garden Street. Vacation rental homes in Santa Barbara are a hot commodity with all there is to do and the natural beauty of the area. A Santa Barbara home will attract families, couples, groups and travelers looking for some independent R&R.

Step 2: Preparing for Your Guests

 Once your vacation home is on the market, the trick to making a steady stream of money through frequent rentals is to get the word out that, not only is your home beautiful and in a wonderful location, but the amenities put it over the top. Below is a list of some amenities renters look for:

  • High speed Wi-Fi
  • Washer and dryer
  • Stocked soap, paper towels, toilet paper and tissue
  • Spare toiletries in case your guest forgets their own
  • Large, fluffy towels
  • Robes
  • Soft sheets
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • A place to store valuables
  • Water bottles
  • A sweet treat
  • A list of local eateries and activities

Beyond the amenities listed, you may want to take on some home improvement projects to spruce up your home for renters. For example, you could add marble countertops, remodel the bathroom, or refinish your wood floors. When hiring a professional to refinish your floors, be sure you fully understand the costs involved by asking the contractor how long the job will take, how many workers they’ll need for the job, and if moving furniture is included.

Put yourself in the hotel concierge role and try to foresee what your guests may need or want. They will not have a 24/7 hotel lobby desk to call, so your best bet to obtain high ratings and ensure you have return guests is to foresee anything they may need. When you invest in amenities, you will find a better return on your investment.

Step 3: Securing Your Home

Conveniently, many of the steps you can take to secure your home are also considered amenities for renters.  The keyless lock, for instance will allow you to change the code each time a new renter leaves, but it’s also an easy way to give a renter access to the home without encumbering them with the responsibility of a key. Security cameras on the outside of your home allow you to keep an eye on your property remotely, but also allow you to assure your guests that you are providing protection for them during the night and as they leave their belongings in the house when they go out and about. Indoor noise monitors allow you to ensure crazy parties aren’t happening and that the neighbors don’t get irritated, and your guests have peace of mind that they won’t be visited by the police during a celebration.

Step 4: Marketing Your Home

Most vacation rentals are rented out online or through an agency. It’s imperative to develop a wonderful virtual presence that markets your property and the general location. Once you have furnished, decorated and equipped your property, it’s time to get professional photos taken to highlight your home. Spend some time developing a property description that not only captures the atmosphere of your home but entices your guests with details of what you offer. The time and money put into marketing can result in a significant return.

A vacation home rental can be both fun and profitable. The investment put into a vacation home in a prime location with the right amenities can tender a financial boon. If you put the work in by creating a safe and inviting atmosphere that welcomes guests and market your home to the best of your ability, you will not regret the time and energy you put into it.


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