Category Archive: Vacation Rental Owner Financial Matters

Pricing, taxes, security deposits, etc.

Nov 18 2014

Shedding Some Light on Energy Costs

Energy Prices

By now, you have probably heard that NStar has filed for a rate increase of around 29% for 2015.  If approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the average residential customer’s bill will increase by about $28 a month as of January 1.

The utility blames the rate hike on the cost of …

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Sep 10 2014

My House is Clean – Guaranteed!

guarantee

I decided this summer that I would offer my tenants a cleanliness guarantee: if they have any concerns at all about my home’s cleanliness, I will bring my housekeeper back, usually within 24 hours.

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Aug 21 2014

When Things Go Wrong

As a fellow rental homeowner, I know what it feels like to answer the phone and hear a current tenant’s voice on the phone. “The dishwasher is leaking,” is what I heard a few weeks ago from my tenant. Naturally, it was a weekend, and I couldn’t get a repairman there until the following Tuesday. …

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Jun 09 2014

Decking Out Your Deck – Quick Tips for a Fabulous Outdoor Living Space

The deck, porch, or patio of your home on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket is actually much more than you think: it should really be considered another room of your home – and a valuable one at that.

So much of what makes Cape and Islands vacations spectacular is being able to spend copious …

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May 12 2014

Get Your Vacation Rental Ready for the Summer Season – Spring Post Roundup

We’ve listed the best of our past posts on preparing your rental for the summer season in one place! Find a variety of tips – from ideas for improving curb appeal, to checklists for a thorough spring cleaning, to smart updates you can implement now and save on utility bills later (without spoiling your vacationers’ …

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