These days there are numerous ways for homeowners to rent their homes out. Whether it’s your primary residence or you have a home you purchased specifically to rent out as a hotel, there are several ways you can increase the chances that your home will get rented. Here a few to get you started.
Invest in high-quality pictures
Most people browsing available homes for rent are going to flip through a dozen or more very quickly. The first thing they’ll look for are homes that stand out to them. You could have the perfect home but if your pictures are grainy, are taken at night, or don’t show the detail of your home, you’re not likely to get much interest.
You may take pictures yourself but make sure you’re using a high-quality camera. The good news is that most newer smartphones have incredible cameras. You should also be sure to take pictures in the sunniest time of day to showcase your home as a sunny, cozy place to live. If you are willing to invest a few hundred dollars you can also hire a professional photographer to create a truly impressive portfolio of pictures of your home.
Start with linens and window coverings
You don’t want to make a huge investment just to rent your home out a few nights a month but there are some relatively affordable options that can pay back in huge dividends. It all starts with linens and window coverings. Find a fabulous, luxurious bedspread or duvet cover and choose some fantastic window coverings. You might choose velvet curtains for a dramatic look or sheer curtains for an airier, resort-inspired look.
Focus on the upgrades
As you’re writing your ad make sure you start with the most impressive features first. Don’t simply list the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. For example, if your home has several parking spaces included, and you live in a busy area, this is certainly a selling point. Likewise, if you’re close to public transit or nightlife be sure to highlight it.
Return business and referrals are your bread and butter
Once you get your first rental be sure you do everything you can to ensure they have a great time. You want their positive review, you want them to return, and you want them to recommend you to others who are traveling to your area. Give them extras like high-quality coffee, individual luxury shampoos, or freshly baked cookies.