Category Archive: Managing Your Vacation Rental

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Jan 20 2015

Living In Your Vacation Rental

The other day, I got a call from a homeowner who is considering renting out her home but living in the attached in-law apartment.  “Will renters be turned off by this?” she asked.  I told her that there are others who successfully rent their homes while living on or very near the premises.  In …

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Jan 06 2015

Multiple week rentals – are they as attractive as they seem?

Most Cape and Islands vacation rental homeowners are willing to rent their homes on a weekly basis during the summer, but they would prefer 2-, 3-, or 4-week ones. In fact, it’s common to see discounts being offered for multiple week rentals.

Some of the obvious advantages are that you only have to deal …

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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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