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The Ten Minute Home Staging Workout

Holiday Rental Business The Ten Minute Home Staging Workout After your cleaning team have gone, before your guests arrive, find 10 minutes and follow this home staging workout. PLUMP UP cushions on the sofa and scatter cushions and arrange neatly methodically STRAIGHTEN duvet covers and bed throws ARRANGE fresh flowers in a vase instead of just putting them in a vase DISPLAY this month’s edition of relevant magazines on the...
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Holiday Rental Business – The Number One Tool

 to simplify a changeover is… A CHECKLIST   We all know that changeover days are busy days. We know in our head exactly what’s to be done, and usually in what order. But how many times do you get side-tracked? You plan to lift out a new handsoap but you spot a dust web that you attend to first, and then “what was I about to do?” strikes. It’s so easy...
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Holiday Rental Business – Mistakes to avoid with your artwork

As a stylist here are the most common no-no’s I see when it comes to artwork. Avoid making these mistakes when styling your holiday rental: 1. Choosing an incorrect style Artwork is about enhancing a space and a property. So choose images which reflect this. For example in my English country cottage, a picture of a flamenco dancer is not be appropriate. Whereas countryside imagery is.  2. Hanging it too...
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Holiday Rental Business – 4 Figures You Should Know

To run a successful holiday rental business you don’t need to be a financial wizard but you do need to have certain financial information at your fingertips. Occupancy Rates Often over looked , but occupancy rates are a helpful business building tool. You can use this data to make informed marketing decisons and look for trends within your business. For accuracy, ensure you include any days the property was closed...
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Holiday Rental Business

What’s Your Vision? By Karen Spencer A vision is what YOU want to achieve from your holiday rental. In other words: your dream, your aim, your goal, your motivation, your reasons for doing what you’re doing, your target, your reason for being, the bigger picture. Is it to earn a certain amount of money in a certain amount of time so you can retire? Is it to breakeven, year on...
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Holiday Rental Business – Easter Special

Holiday Rental Business How to Make Easter Special 4 Easy ways to make your guest’s Easter break with you even more special. Leave Easter gifts As well as your usual welcome tray, leave an Easter-themed gift for your guests. Instead of chocolate Easter eggs this year I’m leaving Jelly Bunnies (as in Jelly Babies) for the children and some more sophisticated mini-eggs from a local chocolatier for the adults. Create...
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Holiday Rental Business

Keep it Local Guests are likely to have chosen the area in which to holiday and then your vacation rental (in that order). For me that’s North Yorkshire, England. So they want to explore, experience and dive right into the local traditions, places of interest and culture. Your job as a holiday rental owner is to make that as easy as possible for them. Ensure you provide: – a locally...
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Holiday Rental Business

The Secret, to Being a Successful Vacation Rental Owner, is the 4 Ms. Mindset, Money, Marketing and Makeover MINDSET is thinking like a business owner and running your vacation rental with this mindset. It’s a business not a hobby! Even if you haven’t run a business before, have confidence in your abilities – you can do it, you can grow the business that’s right for you. MONEY is having a...
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Holiday Rental Business

Make Your Bed … Work For You The master bedroom is such an important room in your holiday rental when it comes to guests deciding to book with you. And your bed is the focal point of this room. Give it the care and attention it deserves and in return it will look wow in your online images and encourage more people to book with you. Use only crisp, clean,...
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