If you have a vacation rental then there are important tasks to manage. Whether you live near or far from your vacation rental attention to detail is what makes for a successful rental. Your responsibility is to take care of your guests so your rental can continue to profit, so how should you manage your vacation rental? Let's take a look.
Managing Your Palm Beach Vacation Rental
Automate Guest Messages
guest messages are a big part of your rental process. You need to communicate easily with your guest from Airbnb or Vrbo. Your communication should be before, during, and after the guest's stay. Having streamlined communication shows your guests that you are available and attentive to their stay. You can create these messages to be automatic through different platforms. This makes your job management more effective and efficient for you and your guests.
If you haven't already implemented smart locks, now is the time. This technology allows you to give your guests a custom code for their stay so they can enter and exit the property while keeping it safely locked. This makes the whole process so simple for you and your guests. These locks will generate a different code for each guest's stay so you don't have to worry about someone trying to use the same code at a different time. The codes are only valid for the duration of time that you choose.
Stock Your Vacation Home
You want to stock your vacation rental with all of the essentials your guests may need. You can set up an online subscription to purchase all of your vacation rental supplies online. Things like detergent, paper towels, and extra pillows are always necessary. Always keep extra linens on hand for your guests and house cleaners.
You need to have a list of trusted contractors for any potential home maintenance or repairs needed. You want to have someone who can take “on call” or emergency repairs needed in case something were to happen while you have guests staying in your rental. You should include plumbers, electricians, landscapers, and repairmen. Have 2 or 3 backups too, since not everyone can be available last minute.
You need to have your rental professionally cleaned between guest stays as well as if your rental has sat vacant for any length of time. Cleanliness is at the top of the list when it comes to managing a vacation rental.
Your rental should always have an informative guest book that includes the following:
- Restaurant recommendations
- Activities in the area, like viewpoints, points of interest, hiking trails, beaches, and museums
- Nearby essentials, including supermarkets and pharmacies
- Public transit information
Hire Vacation Rental Manager
In most cases, it is a wise choice to hire a professional vacation rental manager that will handle all of the guest accommodations and help as well as any repairs that need to be made. Vacation rental managers take most of the work off your plate and allow you to focus on owning the property and generating your passive income from it.
If you are looking to buy or sell a primary residence or vacation rental in Palm Beach, contact us. We would be happy to assist you with all of your real estate needs.
Todd Blair is an expert in local community information and specializes in Mirasol Country Club homes and properties for sale, Abacoa community real estate and all properties and homes for sale in Palm Beach Gardens Florida and surrounding cities in Southeast Florida.