There are different factors that can impact the number of bookings you get for your holiday home. A competitive rate, good facilities and positive reviews have a great influence on potential guests. There are a few things you can do yourself to make sure that you receive great reviews and show your guests that you have the perfect holiday home.
We want to help you increase your holiday home income which is why we want to share some recommendations reflecting what guests prefer. If you already a good holiday home and you can make it even better by following some of these tips:
Provide free WIFI
In today’s day & age, it is important for most guests to be able to go online even though they are enjoying their holiday. The internet has become an indispensable part of our life, so by allowing your guests to have access to free WIFI you are likely to receive better reviews.
Pets are part of the family so by allowing pets in your holiday home you make sure to include pet owners on the list of potential guests. Of course, it is your house and therefore your rules, so you can choose if you only allow small dogs or if they can bring 1, 2 or 3 dogs to your holiday home. But, make sure to welcome pets.
If you can provide an activity room in your holiday home you are more likely to get more bookings because guests love to spend fun time together. This can be a pool table, air hockey, table tennis or football, just to name a few. What to offer is up to you! If you are not able to build an entire room for activities, you can offer activities like puzzles, magazines, board games, tetherball tennis etc., small things to do on a rainy day. See our blogpost about ideas for activities here.
Directions and maps
Your guests are probably new to the area of your vacation home, so if you can provide them with information like road descriptions or flyers concerning the area, sights, attractions, car/bike rental etc. you are likely to make them very happy. This will make it easier for them to make the most of their time on their holiday. If you have a favorite restaurant in the area you can even recommend them going there. That gives a nice “local feel” for your guests.
Swimming pool or an outside whirlpool
You can almost be sure that your holiday home is fully booked during the summer if you can provide a swimming pool or an outside whirlpool – guests love this kind of extra luxury. This is a big one, we know, so do not panic if this is not something you are able to provide. Instead you can follow the tip about maps and directions and make it easy for your guests to find their way to the beach or the nearest waterpark.
It’s the small things that matter
Maybe all of this is not new to you and if so, that just means that you are already on the right track to get better reviews. You can always contact your local rental expert if you want more tips to increase your income.
Very often it is the small things that matter when it comes to making people happy, which in turn will help you increase your holiday home income. Most of us like to feel taken care of and we probably all love small unexpected gestures – so be creative and have fun as you help your guests make memorable memories. Imagine being a guest yourself – what would you add to the list?