The city that never sleeps is also home to art galleries and museums that never stop impressing. New York City is an art lover’s paradise, especially art lovers that favor modern and contemporary art. The city’s best galleries and museums showcase famous works by masters, as well as daring pieces by up-and-coming talent. No matter what type of art you enjoy, this city is sure to have something that will spark your interest and garner your admiration. Continue reading
Picking the right price for a vacation rental is a difficult task for many rental property owners. While you want to make money off of your rental, you also don’t want to make the rental price so high that it will discourage renters from even Continue reading
In most cases, your permanent home will not be located within comfortable driving distance of your vacation rental property. This means that you will need a few extra sets of hands to maintain your rental property throughout the year when you are Continue reading
Decorating your rental property is one of the most important parts of owning a rental home that you are going to rent out to guests. The furnishings and décor set the tone for the entire property, and can either make a home more welcoming and Continue reading
Welcome packages for renters make a great first impression and let them know that you care about their trip and their time in your vacation rental property. A small welcome package can be sent ahead of time to a renter to give them information Continue reading
Many vacationers travel with pets, but it’s really up to the rental property owner to decide whether or not to allow four-legged travelers stay in a vacation property with their owners. While allowing pets at your rental property will likely Continue reading
A common problem for vacation rental owners is having their vacation rental property fully booked during peak travel weeks, and next to no bookings during non-peak weeks. There are a few tactics that you can try in order to keep your rental booked Continue reading
Minimum stay requirements can vary depending on your personal preference, housekeeper availability and comfort level. Many vacation rental property owners opt to have a one-week minimum stay, while others shorten the minimum stay requirement to Continue reading
Rental scams are an unfortunate part of the vacation rental industry. Any time money changes hands without the two parties meeting in person, there is the opportunity for one of the two parties to take advantage of the other. Most times, vacation rental scams end up affecting the property owner rather than the renter, but there are some rare instances where renters are scammed by supposed property owners who are not who they claim to be.
You can protect yourself from rental scams by gathering as much information as possible about a rental property before sending a property owner any money. Talk with the property owner of any rental you are interested in both on the phone and via email multiple times if necessary to ensure that the property owner, and the property, are legitimate. Be wary of any property owner who says that they cannot speak to you directly, or seems confused about contact information or property location. Use the Internet to Google the rental property location to be sure that it exists, and the property owner’s name to make sure he or she is an actual person.
You can also gauge whether a property and a property owner are legitimate by the listing itself. If something seems too good to be true, it most likely is. For example, something is probably fishy if you see a 5-bedroom private beachfront home in the Hamptons renting for $500 per week. Also check for reviews from previous renters, and look at the availability calendar. If the house has never been rented out before, and has no reviews, these might be considered red flags. Ask for references from past renters or additional pictures of the property in order to determine the validity of the listing.
When sending money to a property owner for a rental deposit or security deposit, always try to pay with credit card or PayPal. Avoid using Western Union or MoneyGram services that are often used by scammers to collect money. Always err on the side of caution if you suspect that something might not be right.
You could have the greatest vacation rental property in the country, but if travelers can’t find your vacation home, it’s not likely that you’ll get much business. Advertising your Continue reading