Aug 12 2015

How to Pick the Right Kind of Paint for Your Vacation Rental Home

As the summer marches on, we have to wonder: have we made our rental home all that it can be as a vacation destination? A vacation rental home is an escape from reality, and choosing the elements that complete that oasis can be daunting—especially choices involving colors and patterns. When it comes to paint, the …

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Aug 03 2015

Eek! A cockroach! Or is it?

In a recent post, Elizabeth gave advice about mitigating problems with bugs.  One bug that causes vacationers great concern is the wood roach.  This is what the Barnstable County Agricultural Extension Service has to say about this innocuous insect:

Strangely, the bug that draws the most attention and complaints is one of …

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Jul 31 2015

Getting bugged about bugs?

One of the most common complaints from vacationers is about bugs: live bugs, dead bugs, bugs that look exactly like cockroaches (but they’re really just wood roaches), how their rental home is “infested” with bugs. I’m always curious to know where these folks live that is completely devoid of insects in the summertime. …

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Jul 14 2015

Tips to convert last-minute inquiries to bookings

Several of our homeowners who still have some vacancies this late in the season have reported that there are quite a few “tire kickers” inquiring about their homes but then disappearing without explanation. How can you convert these inquiries into bookings and, if not, at least get some indication why?

The key certainly starts …

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Jul 07 2015

Connected Lighting – The Basics of Home Automation

Whenever I hear the words “home automation”, the first thing that comes to my mind is connected lighting. Connected lighting gives you power and control over your lights—lamps, fixtures, and beyond. Connected lighting can help reduce energy costs, give users remote control over lighting, and open up an array of personal lighting options. There are …

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