Is your holiday home often empty? By renting out your holiday home you can give your house life with happy guests and at the same time cover many of your fixed expenses. Once you have decided to rent out your holiday home, the next step is to decide on which rental method. We will be happy to help you with some guidance. Below you can see an overview of the 3 most common ways to rent.
The first option is to create your own website, where you can offer your holiday home. There are platforms where you can create relatively simple websites free of charge or for a low price.
This means that you do everything yourself. Also all promotion and possible translations of the website. The advantage is that you can determine everything yourself and in principle you will have no to low costs to promote your home.
A disadvantage of doing everything yourself is that you have to Do. Everything. Yourself.
That’s create the website with all the correct information and in multiple languages, the listing and photography, promotion, payments, cleaning co ordination, guest welcome and managing the entire booking and arrival experience of the guest (and their problems), without any support.
This is the right option for you if you like to do everything yourself at a really low cost.
2. Self-Service / Online portal
The second option when renting out is to place your holiday home on the website of an existing party, a so-called online portal. They offer you a place on their website for a certain fee. You will have to comply with their rules and general terms and conditions.
Furthermore, you are responsible for providing the copy, content and photos; you maintain contact with any guests and you remain the person who must provide the services on site. There is limited (online) support, but as mentioned above, you have to pay commission on this – sometimes per booking and sometimes per month or year. In some cases, service costs (storage) will also be charged to the guest.
Something you should also keep in mind when your holiday home is on the website of several portals, is that you need to keep track of various calendars. The risk of double bookings is quite high.
In the end, you still have to do a lot yourself with such a party, even though you still have to pay a considerable amount of money for it but on the up-side your holiday home will be exposed for more potential guests when co-operating with an existing party.
This option is good for the homeowner who wants to do most of the things him or herself but needs the promotion and the greater reach of guesst by an existing party.
When you rent out your holiday home through a full-service rental provider, such as Belvilla. They will take a lot, possibly all, of the work off your hands. In this case, you don’t have to do much or anything yourself to bring your holiday home to the attention of interesting guests.
Your property will be listed and presented at its very best with professional photography.
And will be listed on over 2000 websites and travel agencies. Your property will be promoted 24/7 to millions of guests all over the world. This will maximise your booking potential and when the bookings do come in they’ll be collated into a single calendar making them easy for you to see.
Your payments will be paid upfront and the guests’ needs will be taken care of for you. Of course it’s still your holiday home and you’re still in control, so if welcoming the guest is something you enjoy doing yourself, you can.
The full-service option is perfect for the homeowner who wants to maximise their bookings and wants someone to take good care of the holiday home including the property maintenance, but doesn’t have the time or desire to do everything themselves.
Choose a specialist such as Belvilla who will arrange all this for you.
We offer a full-service rental solution and make renting fun and easy.
If you’re still not sure, get in touch with our rental expert to talk through the options.