HOLIDAY REN­TAL RULES

Learn how Lucy made her cute moun­tain cot­tage per­fect for pay­ing guests.

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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.

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