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Episode 065 - Interview with Napa Valley Chris (Young) on His $6k Airbnb Settlement - Part One

 
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Episode 064 - Seven Things You Can Do to Prevent Parties in Your Short Term Rental

 

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Here are Seven Things you can do to prevent parties in your Short Term Rental:

 

  • In your listing and in your House Rules, make it very clear that NO PARTIES ARE ALLOWED EVER. Be so clear as to add that those who break the rules will be responsible for any damages, all repairs, all fines, and fees, including but not limited to all legal fees by you and the owner to recover costs, lawsuits, fines, and fees you incurred.

 

  • Use tools like Noise Aware: a noise detector that measures the sound in decibels without infringing on a guests’ privacy. When the level rises above your set amount, you will be notified by text and email.  You should then notify guests by message THROUGH PLATFORM and by a quick phone call right away.  Document everything.

 

  • Party Squasher (please use our affiliate link below) can be purchased on Amazon for the same price as on their website. This device allows you to monitor the number of devices...
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Episode 062 – Making Bank and Serving: the Fine Line Between the Two

 

 

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Walking the fine line between $$$ & Service

 

Not Making Enough? Check the Basics:

    • Professional pictures with the best in front?
    • Great Listing Headline that highlights your Best Features?
    • Dynamic Pricing and Good Reviews? 

 

Think about what your Ideal Guest wants or needs. Why are they there? What things might they want to do? How can you make it better - or special - or add to their experience - or create special

 

moments that they'll cherish forever? SERVICE! 

 

You can charge for early check-ins or late check-outs when you are able. You can charge to hold luggage. You can charge for upgrades - better quality, like strollers. You can charge for laundry or maid service. You can charge to pre-stock grocery items or breakfast or pretty much anything you can think of.

 

Send your guest questionnaires before and after stays to help.

 

WHAT BOOKS, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OR LINKS WERE...

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How to Make Your Vacation Rentals Family Friendly

If you have small children in your family, you know how difficult it can be to plan and enjoy a vacation along with them.  A vast majority of guests who use Short-Term or Vacation Rentals are families with kids.  If you want to attract large numbers of guests to your property, like people with children, it is imperative that you make your properties family-friendly.  Families look for a place where they can feel at home, enjoy, and relax during their stay but have the peace of knowing that their kids aren’t going to be stuck in a “touch-free” zone.  You know, “Don’t touch that!  Don’t touch that!”  Yeah, a “touch-free” zone.  Here are some useful tips to make your vacation rental Family Friendly.

 

Provide Safety and Security

 

Families with small kids are always worried about the safety and security of their children. If you want to attract families, it is important to make your...

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Episode 052 – Creating Family-Friendly Stays: How to do It and Why it Means More Money for You

 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

If a family likes your home and they enjoy their vacation destination, they can potentially come back year after year after year!  Make certain you do all you can to make your place family-friendly so you can build that "fan base."

Provide Safety and Security

Cover Sharp Corners and Secure Furniture

Have Gates for the Staircase

Toys and Games

Have Essentials for Children and Infants

·        High Chair

·        Portable Crib

·        Inexpensive Strollers

·        Baby Bath

·        Baby Monitors

·        Sippy Cups

Offer Discounts on Next Year's Booking

 

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Outdoor Amenities That Will Help Attract Guests

 

Summer season is in full swing and tourists are out there enjoying warm weather and beaches. As a Short-Term Rental or Vacation Rental Owner, you know to take advantage of the season your region is known for to maximize your profits.  When you’re in a sunny area, like Florida, this is it.  When you’re in skiing country, it’s the winter.  But what attracts guests to other Areas?  What attracts them to the mountains?  More importantly, what will attract them to your property?

 

You can attract more guests to your property if you offer some exciting outdoor amenities to them.  Outdoor spaces in a property, whether it is in a mountainous region or near a beach, allow guests to have more fun during their stay.  You can score more bookings by adding these outdoor amenities to your property.

 

A Swimming Pool

 

Whether it belongs to your community or is in your back yard, a pool equals fun in warm destinations.  It...

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Episode 051 – Outdoor Spaces That Create Repeat Guests

 

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Outdoor spaces in a property, whether it is in a mountainous region or near a beach, allow guests to have more fun during their stay.  You can score more bookings by adding these outdoor amenities to your property.

 

What type of Outdoor Areas can attract Guests?

Swimming Pools in warm areas.

Jacuzzi and hot tubs in both, warmer and cooler climates.

Gardens, like a zen garden or just some chairs to chill.

Outdoor playgrounds for children or lots of toys for the pool.

A place for our four-legged furry friends.  If you allow pets, have a space outside (and in!) just for them!

An eating area is fantastic and if you can add a grill, it's even better.

 

Also, place these features prominently in your listings!  You want things in your title and on that first picture so you can get potential guests to look deeper into your property. 

 

NOTE:  Don't allow fear to dictate whether or not...

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Creating Videos to Promote Your Short Term Rentals

In this age of internet and social media, if you are not making clever use of digital marketing, you are certainly missing the bus on reaching some potential guests. This is particularly true for a business-focused Short Term Rentals. Obviously, we know the importance of professional pictures.  You must be using beautiful photos of your property to entice potential guests.  But… are you placing videos to promote your vacation rental, too? Videos catch the attention of large numbers of guests and have become very popular in the STR Industry, especially in vacation rentals.  It’s the latest trend!

 

Here are some tips to make the most of these promotional videos.

 

Photos are Good.  Videos are Better.

 

It is almost criminal not to make use of technology when it is available to you for free. By making promotional videos of your vacation rental, you can get two steps ahead of your competitors who are still trying to catch the attention of...

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Investing in Out-of-State Real Estate

Investing in Out-of-State Real Estate

 

Buying real estate rarely goes smoothly, and buying property out-of-state has even more potential challenges. If you are planning on renting property out-of-state, there are similar challenges involved.  However, either are entirely manageable if the potential trouble areas are planned for and addressed.  Many people rent and own property out-of-state, and you can too. 

 

Also, whether you decide to buy a property or rent it, let’s just call it what it is: Controlling the Property.  Whether you rent or own, you are “controlling” the property in order to run a Short-Term Rental Business out of it and you must be able to “control” the use of that property within the eyes of the law.

 

Reasons for Buying Out-of-State Real Estate

 

There are several reasons why you might consider owning or renting a property in another state. Maybe local real estate prices are simply too high...

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Episode 045 – To Nest or Not to Nest: Controlling Your Guests’ Experience

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

Forums are a Great Place to _____________.

A. Learn from other Hosts.

B. Bitch to and with other Hosts.

C. Learn from Guests' Experiences.

D. All the Above (Hint: This one!)

Nest is a great way to control your units when there's no one in them.

An AC unit works best when it's set no lower than 68 degrees.  Under that and you're asking for trouble because that's when units will start to freeze up, which could potentially harm your unit.

What is the definition of Host?

What is the definition of Guest?

Be a gracious host and allow your Guests to be comfortable.

A locked thermostat screams, "I don't care if you are comfortable!"

Stop the Madness!!

  • No more War and Peace sized Rules
  • No chore lists for Guests (they're not your kids!)
  • No "fixing" the washers and toilets so they use less water (unless they are BUILT that way, ie. Energy Efficient)

You only need a few rules.  Here are mine:

01)  No Smoking

02)  No Pets

03) ...

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