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Make getting more rentals your New Year’s Resolution

Make getting more rentals your New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you are looking forward to an excellent year ahead.

What was your New Year’s Resolution? If you own a property on the Costa del Sol, then getting more rentals in 2019 should be right there alongside going to the gym, getting a new job, or spending more time with the family.

If you are only getting a few rentals each year, that’s thousands of Euros of lost revenue which is just passing you by! There are lots of ways to generate more income from your property, whether it’s improved marketing, maintenance to make the property more attractive to your target groups, or simply better images. Download our secrets of successful rentals guide for ideas and inspiration on how you can improve your performance.

Our job as property managers is of course to take care of our clients’ properties, but increasingly the demand is more to generate rental bookings and handle them for our clients too. To make this easy for owners and rental clients, we have developed a holiday rental website where holidaymakers can browse, book and pay online. You can monitor bookings through your owners’ area and we will handle everything that the guests need to have a great holiday, without bothering you.

We have developed partnerships with travel agents and tour operators in the UK and Ireland, as well as with Europe’s largest provider of privately owned holiday homes to drive bookings to our clients’ properties. Our large team of customer service, maintenance and management experts looks after the clients so they come back for more, generating valuable repeat bookings, and you don’t have to lift a finger!

So if your New Year’s Resolution was to get more rentals this year, you know what to do! Talk to the property management experts at HomeCareontheWeb, sign up for a property and rentals management package and start earning more rental income from your property.

Promoting the Costa del Sol to boost tourism

Promoting the Costa del Sol to boost tourism

If you own a Costa del Sol property and you rely on holiday rentals to generate income, you will be pleased to hear that the local authorities are working hard to promote the Costa del Sol and expand the tourism sector. It would be easy to rest on its laurels, as one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, but they know that the competition from other holiday areas is fierce and they need to keep exploring different markets to remain current and keep popularity high.

Following a summer packed with attractive events to draw in tourists to the area, there were a number of high profile events in September too, which aimed to extend the traditional tourist season and appeal to a different type of traveller.

Malaga Fashion Week created the longest haute couture catwalk in Europe, by converting the important shopping street Calle Larios into a fashion mecca. The two-day event attracted designers from around the world and around 15,000 fashionistas watched the shows each day.

Gibraltar also attracted the crowds on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of September with the MTV Gibraltar Music Festival. This amazing event brought nearly 30 music groups to Gibraltar, with internationally renowned artists such as Stormzy, Two Door Cinema Club, Rita Ora, Chase & Status, Sister Sledge, Suzi Quatro and The Boomtown Rats. This attracted lots of tourists to stay on the Western Costa del Sol, to enjoy a sunshine holiday and then take advantage of the buses to go to and fro the festival each day.

To increase tourism from the United States, Marbella Town Hall has been contacting luxury travel organizations and in September signed an agreement with Virtuoso, the largest network of luxury travel agencies in the States. This should boost the number of luxury travellers coming over with big budgets to spend. Find out more

The Andalusian Council, the Junta de Andalucia, is also looking for ways to reach new audiences and to extend the season. They have budgeted nearly €10 million to promoting and developing tourism inland, with a focus on cultural and off-peak tourism. This will be a real boost to inland areas such as our stunning white villages, which have underdeveloped tourism sectors. Find out more

The tourist boards for each area and the local Town Halls will also start the rounds of tourism fairs that promote the destination amongst tourism professionals and encourages them to send their clients to the Costa del Sol. One of the new initiatives they are preparing to present at the most important Spanish Tourism Fair in January, is a platform to help tourists visit the places where popular films and TV series have been filmed.

All of these activities will boost tourism throughout the year and help property owners benefit from the lucrative holiday rental market and earn rental income. This is where our professional property management and rentals team come in. We can take the stress out of renting out your property, market it to maximise your bookings and manage every step of the process, so you don’t have to. Get in touch with us today, if you want to rent out your property for the next season, or need some support to increase your current bookings and make it easier for you

Spain becomes the world’s second most popular tourist destination

 

Spain becomes the worlds second most popular tourist destination

Great news for anyone involved with the Spanish tourism industry came out from the UN World Tourism Organization last month. It revealed that international tourist arrivals grew by 7% in 2017 and that they expected it to grow by a further 4 or 5% this year. If these predictions are proved correct, Spain will overtake the US as the second most popular tourist destination and bring in even more income for the people working in tourism.

For property owners looking to generate rental income from their properties, this tourist growth will obviously lead to more bookings, especially as experts are predicting that rental homes are going to be more in demand this year. There is a travel trend for people who want to experience the destination like a local and therefore are choosing holiday rentals rather than hotels. This, combined with limited hotel beds during peak season, leaves us in no doubt that 2018 will be a great year for people with short term rental properties. Find out how we can help you generate more rental income

Another thing that is on the up is interest in moving to Spain, which is fuelling demand for long-term rental properties. One surprising side effect of the Brexit uncertainty is that more retired people are trying to make the move now, as they are concerned that once Brexit has been implemented it may be hard. Companies who help people to move abroad within Europe have reported big increases in enquiries and people moving, and expect this to continue this year while it is still easy to relocate.

Companies who offer long-term rentals on the Costa del Sol like our company HomeRentalontheWeb report growing demand and limited supply and are looking for quality properties to add to their books.

We are struggling to find the right long-term rental properties in popular areas and the lack of properties is definitely pushing prices up. Long-term rental is a very good option for anyone who has a property in the Costa del Sol which they rarely use, as it is stable and a great way to secure rental income all year round. In many cases, you can earn more with long-term rentals when you look at the whole year, as the income is steady. We’d definitely recommend that owners consider the option of renting long-term, as it will be very easy for us to find them tenants.

Find out more about our long-term rental packages or contact our helpful team to discuss your options and make sure you generate as much income as possible from your property this year.

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of all of our team, we wish you a very Happy Holidays, and health and happiness in 2018! We hope you have a wonderful time, wherever you are spending the holidays, and that you can be with friends, family and loved ones.

At this special time of year we always like to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves, so we’re helping the homeless on the Costa del Sol. We collaborate with a local homeless charity and contribute savoury and sweet pies to their Christmas meal and presents so that everyone can get a little something this year. All our generous staff are making donations to this cause, and the company is doubling what they raise so we can help as many people as possible.

At the office, we are collecting warm coats, blankets, scarves and rucksacks, to give to the homeless. So if you have anything in the house which you don’t use anymore, please drop them in to the office and we’ll make sure they get to people in need. Where to find us

Christmas Opening Times

It has been a very busy year for our property management and property rentals team and we continue our hard work throughout the festive season. We will be closed on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of December and the 1st of January, but open as normal throughout the rest of the holidays.

Please let us know if we can help you with property management or renting out your property in 2018, or browse our great holiday rental properties and start planning your next holiday. We look forward to hearing from you!

Travel trends for 2018 and how Spain will be effected

Travel trends for 2018 and how Spain will be effected

2017 was another bumper year for Spain and travel insiders have said that early bookings for next year are already higher than normal. This year’s limited availability in peak times is definitely pushing travellers to book early for the best accommodation and flights.

We are now looking ahead to 2018 and were very interested in the predictions from Booking.com on how travellers will behave next year. Read on for how these trends will effect Spain and people renting out their properties here on the Costa del Sol.

Nostalgic Trips

One of the travel predictions for 2018 is that more people will want to revisit their favourite childhood holiday spots to remember the best of their family holidays. “Travellers say that former family holidays recall the fondest memories, even more so than childhood sweethearts or family pets. Millennials look set to be even more sentimental with 44% of 18 to 34 year olds keen to hark back to favourite family destinations.” This is great news for Spain’s Costas, as many of us had our first foreign holiday here and look back fondly on the sandy beaches, food and sangria!

Walking & Wellness

Wellness breaks are a growing trend and research shows that almost one in five people are planning to take health and wellbeing trips in 2018. Walking holidays, cycling and water sports are particularly popular active holidays.

We’re thrilled about this prediction, as the Costa del Sol is a fabulous place for hiking outside the hottest summer months. Amazing walks in the area include hikes in the Mijas hills, climbing the iconic La Concha and walking the Caminito del Rey. It is also growing in popularity with cyclists, with quality equipment hire and excellent routes, plus of course our great year round weather and this is a segment which is definitely set to grow. If you have a property within easy access of any of these great hikes or cycle routes, or have trails from your door, make sure you advertise this, as it can help you obtain some excellent off peak rentals.

Water sports is a classic draw of the Costa del Sol and there are many options to choose from. As this is still an attractive aspect of a holiday in Spain, make sure that you help guests by sharing good companies and providers, so they know that they can SUP or go sea kayaking easily from your holiday rental.

Group Get-Aways

25% of people surveyed plan to do a group holiday in 2018, up from 21% in 2017. Friends are choosing to go away together to improve the holiday experience, but also to make luxury accommodation affordable. This is a trend that owners of luxury villas on the Costa del Sol can definitely tap into. If you can sleep six or more people and have some lovely extras such as a private pool, outside bar and BBQ area, or lovely communal spaces, then this market could be excellent for you.

Live like a local

The study reveals that “in 2018, rental homes are going to be particularly popular” as “One in three travellers (33%) say they’d prefer to stay in a holiday rental (a holiday home or apartment) over a hotel”. This is obviously great news for our holiday rental business and anyone looking to rent out their property in 2018! As they want to live like a local, it’s important to share recommendations and insider knowledge to help them easily embrace everything the area has to offer.

These predictions are great news for Spain and the Costas in particular, and early bookings and continued instability in other parts of the world lead us to predict another excellent year for holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol. If you haven’t rented out your property before, or you would like to achieve more bookings, please speak to us. We have over a decade of experience with property management, maintenance and rentals and can help you to earn rental income, while minimising stress.

Find out more about next year’s travel trends by reading the full article here

Are you and your property ready for the winter?

Are you and your property ready for the winter?

The summer is over and although we are getting more off peak bookings this year than before, from October onwards the holiday rental market quietens right down and your property may be empty. If you will be locking up your property for the winter, make sure it is secure and ready for colder, wetter weather. If not, then you need to think how you can keep it full for the winter months, as well as during the summer.

This time of year is the perfect time for planning and preparations and here are three important questions you should ask yourself to make sure you’re ready for the winter season.

  1. Do I want to let my property sit empty?

This is obviously an important consideration, as an empty property isn’t generating any income, and can become damp. If the answer is no, then you have two viable options, one is to decide to come and use it more yourself over the winter months, or invite friends and family to use it for an off-peak holiday and the other is to look for a long-term rental. Demand is growing for long-term rental properties and supply is low, so this is an excellent option to generate income steadily throughout the year and never have your property empty. Of course you don’t earn as much per week with long-term rentals, but it is low stress, secure and over the year you could earn more because you don’t have months where you’re not earning. Here are five reasons to rent long term

  1. Could I get off-peak holiday rentals?

Not all properties are suitable for off-peak rentals, but if you have a cozy property with an open fire (or good heating) and a location which appeals to the winter tourists, then there is potential. For example, if you are on a golf course, then golfers are an excellent off peak target, or if you are close to some lovely hiking or mountain biking routes then this can also be a good draw. Talk to your property management company about how you can make your property appeal to these off-peak bookings and realistically how many rentals over the autumn and winter you can expect, so you can make a decision. We’ve put together some tips on attracting more off-peak bookings on our blog to help you prepare.

  1. Can I maintain my property over the winter or do I need some help?

Even though our winters here on the Costa del Sol are mild, they do take their toll on properties, as most were built for the summer and not for the colder months of the year. The properties were made to keep the heat out and this means they get very cold and often damp if they are not properly ventilated and heated. High winds and rain can also be a problem, causing damage and letting the water in and although this is no big deal if dealt with quickly it can cause big problems if you leave it for months. If you aren’t in Spain over the winter, we recommend having someone on the ground who can check your property regularly, air and heat it and keep any problems at bay. We’ve also put together 10 tips for maintaining your property in the winter to help you get prepared.

We are here to help with professional property management and maintenance services to support home owners whether the property is sat empty, or has rentals. If you want to rent out your property our long-term rental department can guide you through the process and make it easy for you, and our holiday rental team will work to get you as many bookings as possible throughout the year. Browse our website to find out what we can do, or request a quote.

Get ready for the peak rental season

Get ready for the peak rental season

Are you prepared for the arrival of the crowds for Easter? This marks the start of the peak rental season and we’re expecting a great year, with plenty of early bookings coming in and predictions of another record tourist season. Is your property prepared to receive paying guests?

It’s vital to delight your guests, so they become repeat bookings and recommend you to their friends. A happy customer is your best calling card and can make you thousands in future bookings, so make sure your property doesn’t let you down.

As we mentioned last month, the winter rains have caused a lot of damage in some areas and even if you property wasn’t flooded, we would expect at least some damp in all properties which have been left empty over winter. Now is the time to deal with these problems, as properties take time to completely dry out and lose the tell-tale smell of damp which is so off-putting to holiday rental guests. Read our tips for dealing with flood damage or damp on our blog to know how to handle it and get the property opened up, heated and well ventilated in time for Easter.

Here are five ways to get ready for the rental season –

  1. Make sure your property is registered under the new holiday rental law and that you have registered at your local police station (link to the blog)
  2. Give your property a fresh coat of paint
  3. Check your furniture – Take a critical look at your sofas, chairs and tables and make sure they are in great condition. If sofas are looking a little tired, consider reupholstering, or using a nice throw or cushions to brighten it up. Replace any broken furniture, and consider how you can hide any damage and protect furniture, such as buying a nice tablecloth for the dining table. Make sure you check your outdoor furniture as well to make sure it’s in good condition, replacing cushions, or recovering them can give a lease of new life to your outdoor furniture.
  4. Deep clean – After a long, wet winter, you should get in there and do a very deep clean, air the property and heat it to make it clean, fresh and ready for your guests.
  5. Look at your marketing – The start of a new season is a good time to check how well your marketing is working for you and how many bookings you’re getting. Check your listings and photography and make sure they represent you well enough, see how many bookings are coming through a particular channel and look into other options if you don’t feel that you’re getting the visibility you should.

HomeCareontheWeb are Costa del Sol property management experts, with years of experience in rentals management and a large and well-oiled marketing machine behind us. We have a number of well ranking websites for short and long-term rentals, partnerships with rental giants such as Novasol and advertise online and offline to reach the maximum amount of holiday rental clients in the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and Northern Europe. Get in touch with us today if you need some help with getting more rental bookings in 2017.

Britons flock to Spain for holidays

Britons flock to Spain for holidays

There were fears that Brexit and a weak pound would stop the flow of British tourists into Spain this summer, but in fact The Guardian reported a huge increase in British tourism to Spain, up 11% in July from 2015. The Costa del Sol is one of the regions to see the biggest increase in tourism, after Barcelona and the Balearics, and further increases are expected here due to continued instability elsewhere. There has been such high demand for the Balearics, that Mallorca says it’s full and there are fears on how this is effecting the island. This should drive even more visitors to the resorts on the Costa del Sol, which are better able to cope with large tourist numbers.

11.3 million passengers flew into Malaga airport between January and August, a rise of 1.5 million. The peak season is running much longer this year and demand is high everywhere. Spanish hotel federations in the main resorts are reporting that occupancy in September reached 100%, and that trading for October is at new highs. This is great news for owners of Spanish property looking to rent out their properties short term, as people who can’t get into a hotel start to look for alternatives, and the season is extended by another two months.

At HomeCareontheWeb, it’s been an amazing year for rentals. In the past 9 months, our sister company HolidayRentalontheWeb has greeted 2,362 holiday arrivals, that’s at least 3,840 cleans and over 10,000 guests! A 32% increase from 2015. In previous years, the office was closed at the weekend from the end of August, but this year we will be open all through October on Saturdays to accommodate the continued flow of arrivals.

How was your rental year? If you rent out your property and feel that you should have done better, think carefully about how you can improve things for next year.

If you want to capitalise on this increased demand for next year’s peak season, you should register your property for short term rentals, get great photography and be ready to market it from January onwards. We believe that the lack of availability this year and high demand will lead people to book earlier, so it’s important that you are ready as soon as possible, we are already getting bookings for next summer, so to maximise rental income you should get moving quickly.

One of your first steps will be to sign up to a property management company who can take care of everything for you. Not all property management firms are equal, so make your decision based on the following criteria.

  • Check what level of support they can offer you – how many customer service people do they have, how many cleaners and maintenance staff for example, so you know you will be well looked after.
  • Look at how easy it will be for you to keep an eye on everything, e.g. is there an online system where you can log issues and view reports and images of your property when and where it is convenient to you or will they issue regular reports via email.
  • Consider their marketing power for promoting your property. You need to be able to trust that they can reach tourists in the UK and further afield, as well as being able to prepare the property and look after guests when they get here.

HomeCareontheWeb has over a decade of experience in property management, maintenance and rentals on the Costa del Sol, a big team of skilled employees and a powerful marketing reach online and offline. We really offer the full package and can take care of everything for you. Contact us and find out how we can help you capitalise on all of this amazing tourism and turn it into rental income!

Caring for pools and keeping guests safe

bigstock-Pool-Cleaner-5348730As holiday rental and Costa del Sol property management specialists, we get the biggest demand for villas with private pools, or apartments with communal gardens and good pools. Diving into a cool swimming pool in the hot Spanish weather is one of the things that many guests dream about and so it’s definitely a selling point.

However, it is crucial that swimming pools are clean, well-maintained and of course safe to use, so we wanted to give you a few tips for looking after them and your guests.

  1. Make sure they are safe and legal

Spanish law requires that communal pools for more than 20 properties are fenced off and for large urbanisations that the pool has a lifeguard. This has caused considerable issues for those on communities and there has been some opposition to it. However, it’s important to remember the reason for the regulations which is a high incidence of drownings amongst young children wandering out unnoticed and falling in. If your community hasn’t got their pool fenced off, we suggest you bring it up with your President, as there are hefty fines for not complying. This is a hugely important issue to consider in a private property as well, especially when you rent it out, and so we advise you to fence in the pool to protect yourself against the repercussions from accidents and of course keep guests safe. Fencing off your pool will make it easier to rent for families who are the most important holiday rental market, so it will be a benefit to you.

  1. Keep Pools Clean

Make sure that your pool has the correct dosing of chemicals such as chlorine to keep water clean and safe to be used. There are some great “green” alternatives to the traditional pool chemicals which do not smell or cause damage to clothes and hair, plus save you money. Check out ozone, UV and pool purifiers online, or speak to a swimming pool specialist to ask about the options.

We recommend that you have someone to clean the pool once a week, check the chemicals, give it a clean and make sure that everything is OK. Leave out a swimming pool net in an easy to access place so guests can clean it themselves during their stay as well, there’s nothing more unpleasant than flies, leaves and debris in there without being able to deal with it.

  1. Care for your pool during the winter

It’s not just about the summer, leaving a pool alone for months on end can give you a costly and difficult problem to deal with when you return, so it’s better to keep it regularly maintained and checked to avoid problems developing.

Our property maintenance service includes pool cleaning and maintenance with trustworthy workmen and we can help you to get holiday rentals and manage them during their stay. Please contact us for more information – + 34 952 83 95 95 or email info@homecareontheweb.com

The Benefits of Choosing Property Management from HomeCareontheWeb

The Benefits of Choosing Property Management from HomeCareontheWebWe help hundreds of property owners on the Costa del Sol to keep their properties in top condition, secure and take the hassle out of owning property in Spain. We are property management and maintenance specialists with customer service, maintenance, cleaning and support staff at your disposal, plus over 10 years’ experience, so we’ve seen it all before!

Our owners have access to a state-of-the-art online system to allow them to monitor their Costa del Sol property no matter where they are. We will log any inspections, any issues and how things have been resolved, as well as pictures, so you’re always informed. As part of that system there is a calendar so you can log when you will be visiting and request cleaning or maintenance before your arrival and after you leave.

HomeCareontheWeb can also help you earn money from your property by renting it out. This is a highly effective way to generate income, but can be a headache if you try to manage it yourself. With professional property and rentals management on your side you don’t have to worry. We will market your property via our dedicated Holiday Rental website and our partnership with holiday rental heavy-weight Novasol. We will also handle the bookings, prepare the property, manage key handover, deal with issues during their stay, do an inspection before they leave and manage refunding their deposit, so you can just sit back and think how you’ll spend the rental income!

We have also prepared free guides to help you learn about renting out your property, we have partnerships with banks, lawyers and real estate agents so we can make recommendations and put you in touch with the right people no matter what you want to do.

What’s more, we have now partnered with BlueCatParking at Malaga Airport to offer our owners a 20% discount on airport parking!

Trust in us to care for your property as if it were our own, and let us know how we can help you, or request a quote.

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