Plans for a vacation, honeymoon, family reunion, or weekend getaway often begin online. Put your investment property in front of potential renters by advertising it online. While a website for your rental property can be a great idea – it sets your property apart from the many other options, and lets vacation planners get a good feel for what the home is like (check out my parents’ home – www.carolinabeachbreeze.com for example) it’s unlikely that someone will come across the site simply by finding it through a search engine.
Another site filled with great vacation rentals which focuses on higher end homes from around the globe. Annual listing fees are under $200/yr and there are frequently half off specials. Full Disclosure: some of the people who own ForTheBestRate.com also own MasterpieceRentals.com.
- Include lots of great pictures. Images make an emotional connection with the viewer – use them to convey what a great time a vacationer will have at your property. Include pictures of each bedroom so potential renters can see exactly what they will be getting.
- Provide a ton of information. Fill out every field, and use the property description to the fullest. Talk about the home, location, town, nearby attractions, restaurants, and more. Give tips to help renters enjoy their stay, and help them figure out how to get there.
- Respond as soon as possible. Anyone who contacts you has likely inquired about several other properties as well, and those they hear back from first will generally get more attention.
- Keep good records about where your inquiries and bookings come from. This will help you evaluate where to best spend your money in the future.