Running a vacation property rental business can be very different from that of a large hotel operation. Without the budgets and support network that comes with running a larger scale operation, smaller property managers can sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by the challenges of juggling all aspects of your business. From keeping your holiday rental properties looking great to keeping your guests happy, vacation property management requires you to be an expert in everything. That’s where good software and systems can be a real asset. But what should you be looking for from vacation rental management software?
Vacation rental property management software in Australia is developing so quickly, it can be hard to keep up with the latest technology and what is going to be most important to you to help you manage and develop your business for the long-term. However, not all systems are built with the needs of the vacation rental property manager in mind so it’s important to prioritise what is going to be important for your business. Here’s a guide to what to look for in a holiday rental booking system:
The last thing you need as a busy vacation rental property manager is to have to switch between systems to manage all the different aspects of your business. Vacation rental management software should be easy to use and ideally offer an end-to-end solution that does it all! Your vacation property management system should include an easy to use PMS, channel manager, direct booking system, great guest communication features and the ability to integrate with leading industry partners including AirBnb.
One of the key differences between a vacation rental property manager and a hotel is the need to multi-task and manage your business on-the-go. It’s vital that you invest in vacation rental management software that offers great mobile usability. Some next-generation property management software is now actually built for mobile rather than adapted for it as we recognise the increasing need to be able to manage your business from anywhere, at any time.
At HiRUM we are even developing specific property management apps that can help busy vacation property managers, such as our Inspection app that enables you to schedule inspections, take notes and add photos as you go.
We mentioned that a great holiday rental booking system should include a direct booking feature and this means that you cannot ignore having a simple, neat website design to showcase your property and enable direct bookings. Not all websites are built the same, however, and we’d always recommend using website designers who are specialists in the field of vacation property management as they are most likely to know what drives conversion and ultimately help drive more direct bookings for your rental property. Make sure your get the marketing essentials right and the rest will fall into place.
Whether you rent out 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.
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