Top tips for increasing your rental bookings

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Many home owners in Spain are choosing to rent out their properties for long-term rental, and shorter holiday lets. This is a great way to help keep up with the mortgage and other costs. However, with hundreds of villas and apartments up for rental, how can you make your property stands out from the rest and secure those valuable bookings? Here are a few tips to potentially increase your chances of getting rental bookings, and generate more income.

  • Offers – Are there any discounts you can offer prospective tenants such as, a lower fee if they book an extra week on a holiday booking? Is your property available for shorter stays, such as long weekends to appeal to different people?  Many holiday rentals are only available for a minimum of 7 days, so potential clients will then turn to hotels for their long weekend. What off-peak discounts can you offer, stay for a week and only pay for 5 days? Do you offer discounts for returning customers?Can you offer any discounts if they book at short notice or well in advance?
  • Facilities – What facilities do you have available for children such a high chairs, push chairs, cots etc. They don’t cost a lot and could make all the difference to securing the booking. Is there a safe available for your tenants to use?Do you have internet connection, satellite TV or dvd player?What other hotel style facilities do you offer such as hair dryer, microwave, and air conditioning?
  • Extras – Will your tenants be chauffeur driven from the airport to ease the stress of arriving at the property. Are there toiletries like soap, toilet roll and clean towels so they can settle in straight way? Do you provide basic groceries like water, long-life milk, tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, and oil? These extras will make a big difference to your tenant’s arrival, and stay at your property. They will really feel like they are being looked after so they can concentrate on enjoying their holiday, rather than rushing out when they arrive for the small things that make a big difference, and with minimal cost to you. When potential tenants see that you offer these hotel style extras, you are much more likely to get the booking, and tenants will want to return.
  • Information/welcome pack –Surprisingly, many landlords do not provide a good information and welcome pack. Give your tenants useful info like, where is the nearest Wi-Fi café if your property doesn’t have it. Information on the area, and a local map is very useful, aswell as any local public transport info. Useful local telephone numbers like emergency services, doctors, taxis, good restaurants etc are also very handy to your tenants.If you have many appliances in your property such as dishwasher, air conditioning etc, information on how these work should also be included in the welcome pack. Encourage repeat bookings by giving information about discounts if they book again.

All these points should set you apart from many others just for going the extra mile for your tenants. They will remember this and hopefully come back again. Plus they are more likely to tell their friends and family about the good experience they had with renting in Spain. HomeCareOnTheWeb can help you with all these arrangements, give advice on ways to gain rental bookings, and take care of your property whether there is a tenant there or not. It’s nice to know there is someone there to take care of the last-minute things before your tenants arrive like; checking all the appliances are working correctly, the linen and towels are fresh, all the water pipes have been run through of stale water, and any extras are put in place.

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