Cornwall Tourism Guide

Tips on Letting your Holiday Property

It is not easy letting out your cottage there are quite a number of other people doing the same and today’s traveller is more discerning than ever before. First impressions do speak volumes and will go a long way in making your guests remain happy and either returning or recommending the cottage to family or friends.

Remember to have the property totally clean when the guests arrive and make sure the furnishings and décor complement each other, if the house has a character that sets it apart from others and is something the guests will take home with them in their minds.

A meet and greet is always nice. Make sure you are there for their arrival and inside the house leave a welcoming basket and maybe a bottle of wine. Take time to learn their names before arrival if you can, that way you can greet them properly. The guests will notice your interest in detail.

It is important to have a tidy garden, good car parking area and quality garden furniture for your guests to enjoy some time outside. Essential as well is a good provision of linens and towels. The price of the rental should fall in line with the property and reflect the quality of the product.

The best deal the customer can get without any hidden costs that could upset them is best. One night rates, weekly rates and extended stay rates if applicable should be advertised and stuck to. Here as always honesty is the best policy.

You should remember that your customers are not going to knock on your door unless you advertise your cottage. There are a number of options but first you need to decide what your market is.

Older couples, younger couples, newlyweds, or families, once you have decided who your guests are then you need to think about your advertising options. You may want a property management company to let your cottage, but then you will lose a percentage, but lots of hassle will be lifted from your shoulders.

A website is essential in today’s world. One that shows the property in a flattering way but does not lie to the reader, rates can be given, online reservations and a service for accepting payments. Anything that makes it is easier for the holidaymaker to click on the reserve button. Magazines are good places to advertise you property like regional travel magazines or magazines dedicated to cottage rentals, or magazines that discuss the area where you are located.  Also don’t overlook the holiday letting sites like Rent My Cottage.

Remember meet, greet, maintain eye contact and give them a whole hearted welcome to your property.

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