Guide to Vacation Rental Properties

While many investors who purchase rental property focus on residences intended for year-around living, there is no denying the fact that vacation rental properties can provide an excellent income revenue.

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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While many investors who purchase rental property focus on residences intended for year-around living, there is no denying the fact that vacation rental properties can provide an excellent income revenue. Renting out vacation rental properties; however, can be much different than renting out a regular residence. There are numerous items that prospective vacation renters are looking for; so it is worth it to take the time to ensure that your property measures up.

First, always make sure that the property you consider is in a good location. Most people who consider renting property for their vacation have certain ideas regarding the geographic location that they want. The setting for the property should be relaxing and picturesque. The property should also be quite safe so that renters will know they can enjoy their vacation in peace and security.

Seriously consider a property that is family friendly. There is an extremely large market for family friendly properties which you can tap into. For a property to be family friendly, the furnishings should be able to easily accommodate children. This means that property should be sturdy and should not include a lot of easily breakable items. Ideally, the property should be in a location that will cater to families. Look for properties near pools with lifeguards as well as playgrounds.

Affordable rental prices can also be a great way to ensure that your vacation rental property is booked. A vacation rental property with a reasonable price is always attractive to vacationers because it offers them amenities with which no hotel is able to compete; including privacy, good views, a full kitchen and more space in which to relax.

In addition, take the time to make sure that the property really does feel like home. Kitchens should be well-equipped, furnishings should be comfortable and recreational equipment should be provided.

One of the main reasons that many people choose to rent a vacation home rather than stay in a hotel when they vacation is the fact that they want to enjoy plenty of space. This is especially true for families with children and extended families who vacation together. Assuring that your vacation rental property has a spacious feel to it can help to ensure that your property is attractive to those renters.

Keep in mind that it is becoming more and more popular for vacationers to combine their vacation with some other event such as a wedding or family reunion. If you want to cater to these groups, it is important to make sure that your property can easily host groups. One key feature for these types of rental properties is offering a reception room that can easily serve for different functions.

You might also wish to consider making the vacation property friendly for pets. Many owners are reluctant to do this because of the potential for property destruction. Keep in mind; however, that there is definitely a niche market for vacation rental properties that are pet-friendly. Most hotels do not provide this option, so it gives your property an advantage. If this is appealing to you, make sure the property is safely fenced. Consider installing wood floors instead of carpeting.

To make sure that your vacation property has a wide appeal, set up Internet access. Even while on vacation, most people want to make sure they have Internet access. You can do this using a DSL connection, WIFI or wireless connection.


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