For those looking to earn some extra money during this time of economic instability, renting out that spare room or the private apartment you have sitting empty to holiday makers could be an interesting way to go about it. Private holiday lettings are an increasingly popular way to see the world and now is the time to get involved and establish a strong reputation. Here are some simple instructions that will keep the flow of guests and good reviews coming.
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Keep it clean and tidy
Cleanliness is the first thing that guests will check. To save embarrassment and to provide a strong first impression, all surfaces should be dust-free and polished, carpets vacuumed and wooden floors mopped. Bathrooms should always be gleaming.
Provide basic utilities
If you decide to rent out rooms and provide bed and breakfast services, this issue can be avoided. If you are renting out an apartment or house, then you should ensure that the kitchen contains adequate cookery utensils, cutlery and crockery. Cleaning products should be provided too, including washing detergent if facilities are provided. Guests will appreciate not having to purchase these items for short stays.
Know the area
Those who seek private holiday lettings tend to be adventurous. A host with detailed knowledge of the local area can make the difference between a good stay and a great stay for some guests. Recommending local restaurants, bars and places of interest will also help build your reputation and set up the potential for discounts and other offers they may be willing to extend to your guests.
Another good way to learn what guests are looking for is to read reviews on websites that cater to the private holiday letting market, like Wimdu. These sites rank hosts by the strength of the reviews they receive so it is advisable to check on Wimdu and make a note of any trends that you see. Those in the UK can find instructions on tax status of holiday letting on HM Revenue and Customs official site
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