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The biggest market for holiday home rental is for two- or three-bedroom properties that can sleep a family of four or five – so one bedroom should have twin beds. Decoration need not be as neutral as for residential properties: visitors will appreciate a cosy, warm atmosphere with plenty of pictures on the walls. The beds in particular should be of high quality – visitors are unlikely to want to return to a property where they slept badly.
The holiday home accommodation must be fully furnished, including linen and towels (some landlords charge extra for these). You’ll need to provide a television (satellite channels are a bonus), video and DVD. Provide heaters if there is no central heating, and have a cupboard with extra duvets and blankets. Guests will also expect a washing machine. The kitchen should be well equipped with crockery, cooking equipment and utensils, a microwave and a dishwasher. Many people like to have a radio in the kitchen, and possibly a television. Handling furnishings for holiday lets is different to other letting: you’ll need to change bedding more often, for example, but general wear and tear is lower as people tend to be out a lot during their stay.
For changeover day (Friday or Saturday) you will need to undertake or arrange an inventory check, change of linen and towels, renew soap and toilet rolls, plus a clean up. It is kind to provide a welcome tray of tea, coffee, milk and biscuits, plus maybe a bottle of wine.
Advertising a Holiday Rental Property
When putting together information, colour photographs, preferably taken under a blue sky, are essential. For interior shots, lay out the dining table with a bottle of wine and candles, make up the beds and switch on the lights. Don’t include people in these shots.
Tenants Looking for Holiday Rental Home
If you book early (at least six months ahead for the summer), you will be spoilt for choice. Once you have selected your choice of region(s) you can find details of holiday lets via local tourist offices, or via the internet, where you can usually check availability very easily. Smokers and guests with pets will have to shop around as some landlords do not welcome them. Watch out for variations on changeover days, especially if you are transferring from one holiday let to another in a twin location break: some go for Friday, others for Saturday.