Category Archive: Managing Your Vacation Rental

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Feb 06 2017

Should you charge a cleaning fee?

Homeowners new to renting frequently ask whether to include cleaning in the rental cost. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when making this decision

There really isn’t a right or wrong answer – but it’s worth looking at the issue from different perspectives so that you can make the right decision for …

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Jan 05 2017

Saying “No” to potential guests

Occasionally, you might receive a vacationer inquiry that makes you feel unsettled.  Just remember that you should feel comfortable with the guests who will be staying in your home. And, of course, you’re the boss!

Co-owner of WeNeedaVacation.com, Joan Talmadge and I recently recorded a podcast about screening potential guests and how to go about telling …

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Dec 29 2016

Why you should reach out to your prior guests

Chances are, you’re probably starting to get inquiries for next summer.  But have you reached out to your past guests yet?  Repeat guests are the best kind, and they might appreciate the nudge!  While you’re at it, contact vacationers who inquired about your home in the past but never booked it.  If they were interested …

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Nov 23 2016

2016 Homeowner Forum: Manage your Rental with Marketing in Mind

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At this year’s Homeowner Forum, Gaining the Competitive Edge, we examined new as well as tried-and-true ways to distinguish your vacation rental property from your competition.  In his recent blog post, Tyler Pyburn described how the first half of the Forum discussed the steps we should take to make our listings stand out and …

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Nov 07 2016

2016 Homeowner Forum Wrap-up

Like the others before it, the fourth and final session of our 2016 Homeowner Forum appears to have been a great success. The Wellesley session was streamed live online for all those who were unable to attend any of the Brewster or Vineyard Forums in person, and a Forum Video was created for you …

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