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A Beginner’s Guide To Holiday Property Management

Posted by HiRUM Software Solutions - 13/08/2023
bedroom of a holiday rental management property

Whether you’re looking to rent out a single room in your own property or you own a number of larger properties that you are looking to market as holiday rentals, holiday house management is a booming sector at the moment. If you’re new to the industry, however, you may feel a bit overwhelmed with all that it entails. So in this blog, we’ll give you some hints and tips to help make your experience of managing a holiday rental property a little bit easier.

Holiday Home Management: How To Get Started

Starting a vacation rental business and managing holiday rental properties can be a rewarding venture and can ultimately become a relatively passive income stream, but it also requires careful planning and management. As with all new business ideas, it’s wise to start with a business plan. The key elements to consider are:

Research the Market

Research the vacation rental market in your desired location. Analyze the demand, competition, and potential profitability of your property. Identify your target audience, such as families, couples, or business travelers.

Check Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Check local laws and any licensing requirements for vacation rentals in your area. It may also be worth consulting with a legal professional to ensure you meet all legal and tax obligations.

Property Acquisition and Setup

Consider factors like location, size, and amenities. Furnish and decorate the property attractively to make it appealing to guests and ensure the property complies with safety regulations and has necessary amenities (e.g., Wi-Fi, security, kitchen appliances).

Consider Pricing Strategy

Determine competitive pricing based on market research, seasonality, and special events in your area. Consider whether you’ll offer discounts for longer stays or repeat guests.

Marketing and Advertising

Consider how you will market your holiday rental business. Create a professional website with high-quality photos and detailed property descriptions. List your property on vacation rental platforms like Airbnb, Booking.com, and HomeAway. Make use of social media, pay-per-click advertising, and email marketing to reach a wider audience.

Is Holiday House Management Right For You

As with any new business venture there are a number of things to be aware of before you dive in headfirst. Holiday rental management offers many distinct advantages to other rental options but there are also some drawbacks that you should first consider.

The positive side of holiday house management:

  • It’s a recurring income stream that can be particularly lucrative during peak season when you may be booked solidly for several months.
  • You can rent to multiple different people throughout the year.
  • You have the flexibility to decide when you make the rooms or properties available.
  • You will likely see less wear and tear on your property than if you offered it as a long term rental so your maintenance costs may be a little lower.

The downside of holiday house management:

  • You may have lean periods where your room or property remains vacant.
  • You WILL get the odd nightmare guest who is very hard to please but they will be few and far between!
  • You have to ensure that your property is well maintained and presents well to maximise guest satisfaction, re-bookings and positive reviews.
  • You will need to ensure you comply with legislation and safety regulations including obtaining the relevant licence from your local council to operate your holiday home.
  • The holiday house management space is highly competitive so you’ll have to get smart with your marketing or secure the marketing services of property management experts.

Holiday Rental Management Made Simple

There are LOTS of things to juggle from managing your property’s availability, keeping it looking good, responding to guest queries, managing customer expectations and delivering an all-round great service.

Fortunately, there are systems and software that can make vacation rental management a breeze. Investing in a cost-effective, industry-leading holiday house management system will lighten the load in so many ways. From managing direct bookings with an online booking system to marketing your property effectively with a beautifully designed website created by people who know the industry and what sells, to a channel manager that helps you manage where your holiday rental is listed, you need to know what to look for in vacation property management software.

At HiRUM we have been supporting businesses like yours for over 20 years. We’re the property management software experts that businesses large and small turn to for support. Our software integrates with leading industry partners such as Airbnb and we can support you to get your vacation rental management business up and running with ease.

Whether you rent out a single room, a couple of holiday homes, run a bed and breakfast or maybe a caravan park, HiRUM’s vacation property management software has been designed to accommodate property managers just like you. Let us help you simplify your business. Give the team a call now on 07 5574 4990 for a free demonstration of our software.

This article was first published in April 2019 and has been updated in September 2023.

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