There was a big jump in visitors to Spain in the first two months of the year, with a 5.9% increase on the passengers arriving by plane in 2017. Overall, there were nearly 10 million passengers coming from international destinations in just two months and there was a big increase in passengers arriving via low cost airlines. Most passengers came from the UK, followed by Germany. On the Costa del Sol, there was a 7.8% increase in passenger numbers in January compared to the same month last year and a 5.4% increase in February.
If you are renting out your property, this increase in visitors in the quieter months is great news. The ideal situation is try to stretch out the rental period and have more consistent bookings throughout the year. It’s better for the property to not sit empty and of course it is better for your bank balance too.
However, off peak visitors want and need different things than the traditional holiday maker, so if you want to appeal to them, you need to prepare your property a little differently and also market it in a different way.
The key things to think about are –
- Is your property warm enough or can you make it more comfortable for them in some way?
- Is your area good for off peak activities such as golf, hiking and cycling? Is it within easy access of the Sierra Nevada ski resort for a day’s skiing?
- How does your development feel in the winter? If there are plenty of year round residents that’s perfect, but if it turns into a ghost town over the winter, then this won’t be good for visitors.
- Do you have any facilities on your development which work well in the cooler months e.g. a heated pool, sauna, gym or tennis courts?
If you have answered all these questions and think your property could be good for an off peak rental then please get in touch with us and find out how we can market your property to extend your rental season. Read our five tips for making your property appeal to off peak visitors on our blog which will help you to cater to them better.
What makes a good off peak rental, is also a good long term rental, so if you want steady year round income, this is something you should consider. The long term rental market is much less competitive than the holiday rental market and we have more demand than supply of good long term rentals. Our dedicated long term rental division can take care of everything for you and make sure the tenants are paying their rent and looking after the property well. It’s an excellent option if you don’t use your property much.
We hope that 2018 is a great year for you and that your property generates a good income for you and is the perfect home from home. Our property management and maintenance experts can help you make renting out your property easy. Contact us today for a quote.