Category Archive: Managing Your Vacation Rental

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Dec 11 2014

The Pros and Cons of Charging a Cleaning Fee

One of the difficult choices to make when managing a vacation rental is whether or not to charge a cleaning fee, refundable or not, over and above the rent. There really isn’t a right or wrong answer – but let’s discuss a few options and considerations to help you make a decision that’s right …

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Dec 02 2014

Screening Tenants – Part III

In earlier posts about screening vacationers for your rental home, I wrote about “How to screen for a better fit” and about how “It’s okay to say no!” But what I neglected to discuss are some of the ways you can do a little online research on anyone who inquires about your …

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Nov 12 2014

Taking the sting out of a negative review.

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I’ve read thousands of guest reviews over the last several years. Many are thoughtful and informative, others are hilarious. And, yes, some are downright ridiculous, like the vacationer who complained that the sand on the beach was “too soft, making it hard to walk.” Or the vacationer who was distraught because there were no …

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Nov 06 2014

Entering pricing for future seasons

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How soon do you set up your pricing and availability for the following seasons? If you’re like some of our Cape and Islands homeowners, you hold off until late in the fall or even the beginning of January. But this delay could be costing you valuable early bookings!

So far this year, our early …

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Oct 22 2014

Those Special Touches

A few weeks ago, my husband and I stayed at the Hotel Marlowe in Boston. While I would choose a vacation rental over a hotel in almost every situation, it was nice to feel a bit pampered. And pampered we were. In fact, they made us feel downright special. It got me thinking about …

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