Practical advice on running a holiday rental property or holiday let

Happy guests and glowing testimonials

What Happens When You Aim for A Holiday Niche… And Deliver!

A couple of weeks ago I received a lovely email from one of our villa owners in Spain, with a glowing testimonial from some repeat guests she had staying. The villa is marketed by an agency we work with, family holiday specialists Tots to Travel, with whom the guests had booked their stay. Read more

Yoga on holiday is a middle-class indicator!

How To Ensure Your Holiday Property Appeals to The ‘New Middle Class’

A report in The Sunday Times at the weekend stated that 7 out of 10 Britons describe themselves as Middle Class. There were various sub-groups under this banner, but then it went on to name “50 things that make you middle class”. I’ve had a quick scan through and picked out the ones that should ensure your holiday property will appeal to 70% of the British (all written with my tongue very firmly in my cheek I have to point out!). Read more

Promoting local produce

5 Easy Ways to Run a More Eco Friendly Rental

I’m writing this weeks blog from Barcelona, on a trip checking out the eco-credentials of hotels using the Travelife system for which I’m a registered auditor. It’s been an interesting week, and on the whole I have been impressed with efforts in Catalunya to promote more sustainable tourism. But as the shift from pre-packaged holiday hotels to independent self catering breaks gathers momentum, I can´t help wondering where holiday rentals fit in to this whole idea of sustainable travel? Can, or indeed should, holiday property owners be doing more to be eco-friendly? Read more

play equipment in french holiday rental

Do You Have a Wear and Tear Fund for your Holiday Rental?

Are you a non-resident holiday rental owner? If so it’s likely that sometime in the next few weeks you may be going to visit your property to check it at the end of the summer season and prepare it for winter. Read more

Autumn holiday property maintenance jobs

Does Your Holiday Rental Need a Spruce Up?

The Holiday Lettings industry has a very seasonal nature, that’s why its important to take stock towards the end of season and begin thinking about your low season to do list. So, has your holiday rental property had a bit of a battering this season? Are you planning on a bit of a spruce up this winter? Read more

Security deposits for holiday rentals

Security Deposits – do you or don’t you?

When starting a holiday rental business setting up a security deposit arrangement seems to be the obvious thing to do. It will guard you financially against damages, is easy to manage and “everyone” does it. But does it really and do they really? Here are some pros and cons of security deposits based on our experience of running holiday rentals… Read more

where to advertise a holiday home

Case Study Part 4: Where to Advertise our Holiday Home

In this holiday rentals case study series we have been talking about how we turned a neglected long-term rental property into a home with good holiday rental potential for families.

If you follow the previous post, you can see how Rental Tonic created an action plan for the Owner to target a specific niche market,  and how we took some time over the photography to present the house in the best way online. Once we had enough images it was time to make a start on some advertising… Read more

The 2 Pillars of Running a Holiday Property from Afar

Do you own, or are you thinking of owning a holiday property abroad or a long distance from where you live? Do all your friends or even you have this idyllic idea that you will have a lovely place that you can just hop back and forth to whenever you feel like it, Quite possibly this is true, but we also know it is not without it’s headaches. Read more

Holiday home in Andalucia with bright open conservatory

Holiday Lettings Case Study Part 3: Property Staging

Part #3: Staging a home to attract rentals

The process of “staging” a property is common practice in Real Estate to sell a house, but for some reason this does not happen so much in the holiday lettings business. Read more

Helping to grow your rental business

Holiday Letting Case Study Part 2: Action Plan

Part #2: Holiday Lettings Action Plan

We saw in part 1 of our case study how our owner made a decision to do short term lets (if you didn’t read it yet then click here to catch up). Read more