Proper Listings of Vacation Rentals and Holiday Homes
By Milan Matchev
Listing vacation rentals and holiday homes by owner is actually very simple. The first thing you have to do is write a very informative, description of your vacation rental. You have to be sure that your listing has a catchy headline that will really grab people's attention. Explain the location of your vacation home - for instance, "steps away from Waikiki Beach", or something to fascinate the reader. You have to describe what sort of furnishings it has, how many bedrooms, and what its best features are. Remember that you really want to flatter the property and make it stand out from all the other people who are listing vacation rentals in your area. Tell the potential renters any amenities the property has such as hot tubs, pools, saunas, tennis courts, and things that many people would consider luxury items worth paying for.
As an owner, you know all the intimate details about what makes your property so great. The challenge is in conveying those to prospective renters. Vacation rental web sites help by providing you with a custom web site for your property, and promoting it to vacationers around the globe. So what can you do to leverage this worldwide exposure? Attractive and descriptive photos can take a good property listing, and make it great.
Spend a few minutes choosing which rooms you wish to show. Common areas, like living rooms and kitchens are important. You might not think your kitchen is anything special, but that's not the point. Many vacationers like to see the kitchen's layout, even if they know what equipment it contains. Primary bedrooms are important as well, as they allow renters to visualize their sleeping arrangements.
If your property is a house or detached condominium, the exterior appearance and setting can be a big selling point. Amenities specifically for your unit can be worthwhile showing as well, such as swing sets, docks, saunas, etc. Take a few minutes and decide what you'd like to show potential renters. You shouldn't only show features that are for your guests only, like a private pool, but you should include non-exclusive amenities as well. Include a photo of the beach your renters can use. Give potential renters a sense of the setting of your vacation rental property, and the best things about the immediate area. Picture can be 'worth a thousand words', as they say. Take a time to create the best impression for your property.
The Internet is obviously the grates resource that most people use to search vacation rentals. There are literally hundreds of holiday home directories and vacation rental sites that you can use to advertise your vacation rental property. Some of them are well established, others are brand new. Some of them are beautiful with nice design, others are simple vacation property listing. There are so many of these vacation rentals web sites that it will be hard to select which ones to use, so try to pick the ones that seem most enjoyable to browse as a renter, as these are the sites that are most attractive to your potential customers. You should list on as much as possible vacation rental sites to maximize your bookings, but chose carefully and don't pay more than necessary! The Price is not allays mark of quality!
Milan Matchev, founder of Italy-Vacation-Homes.com and Greece-Holiday-Homes.com, has been in the Real Estate and property management business for 11 years making him an expert in his knowledge of the vacation rentals market.
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