HOLIDAY RENTAL RULES
Learn how Lucy made her cute mountain cottage perfect for paying guests.
1 STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
There are thousands of properties on Airbnb and Stayz. The key to being successful is having and showing a point of difference. For us, it’s our artist’s studio – a beautiful place for guests to sketch, paint and enjoy. There aren’t many studios for rent in the area. Then there’s our huge garden, which backs onto the national park.
2 USE LOCAL TRADIES
We used locals to sand our floors, landscape the garden and put a balcony on the back of the house. It helped us feel a part of the community, plus it was cheaper and gave us a list of people our guests could call, too.
3 REDUCE ONGOING COSTS
All of our light bulbs are energy efficient and we buy bulk toilet paper from Who Gives A Crap, which delivers for free, is environmentally friendly and supports charities. A system called Nest allows us to access our lights and heating remotely from our phones, so we can turn the lights and heating on just before our guests arrive and we don’t waste money in the long run.
4 PUT SAFETY FIRST
A fire extinguisher might not look stylish but safety is so important in a rental. We have a first-aid kit in full view, a fire blanket on the wall and a fire extinguisher. And as we are in a fire-prone area, we have a fire evacuation plan and emergency numbers on our fridge. For the benefit of older guests, we added a handrail and footstool to the bathroom.
5 OFFER MATES RATES
The best form of marketing is word of mouth, so spread the news of your holiday house by offering friends and family mates rates. They’re more likely to recommend it, plus they can write reviews for you and add to your visitors’ book so it’s not blank!
Added extra The cosy art studio makes this holiday rental unique.
Put safety essentials in an obvious place.
Living greenery adds a homely touch.