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Top tips for booking the perfect holiday home

Top tips for booking the perfect holiday home

You might think there would be plenty of choices when booking your dream holiday home – this isn’t always true. Increasing numbers of holidaymakers are turning their backs on hotels and package holidays, instead looking to self-catering holiday rentals as a perfect solution to enjoy better value, more space, freedom and flexibility for their precious holiday. But when self-catering holidays …

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5 Tips To Avoiding A Crisis When Renting Your Holiday Home

5 Tips To Avoiding A Crisis When Renting Your Holiday Home

While you aim to provide the perfect holiday home getaway, the chances are at some point something will go wrong. It’s inevitable. However, if you plan ahead and maintain your property you will be in prime position to combat any issues.   A crisis doesn’t necessarily have to mean the buildings fallen down, in fact, it primarily relates to your guests. Avoiding a crisis in …

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How to create the ultimate guest information book

How to create the ultimate guest information book

Sometimes when we know our rental property and destination so well, we can take things for granted and forget what it felt like when we had just arrived. We forget that to our new guests the whole place is rather alien, and even something as simple as getting the right channel on to watch the football can be a mammoth …

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The best holiday letting advice you should be reading

The best holiday letting advice you should be reading

Managing your holiday home and getting bookings is not easy. Fortunately, there are some excellent resources that give advice on marketing, letting and maintaining a holiday let. From downloadable rental agreements to inventory checklists, tips on taking photos and creating a winning advert – the advice is endless. We have compiled a list of our favourite resources to make you …

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50 must read tips before buying a holiday home

50 must read tips before buying a holiday home

If you are considering investing in a holiday home you need to be sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Are you buying for rental income, capital growth or is it a lifestyle investment? Thousands of owners around the world are successfully renting out their holiday homes and enjoying the returns. But if you are looking for a passive …

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Why a holiday rental property is a good investment

Whether your holiday home is bought for pleasure or business, it will add to your overall sense of wellbeing and can be a shrewd investment. According to research by the London School of Economics for HomeAway, the gross income of all holiday rental owners in the UK is as much as £950 million a year. Plus, more holidaymakers are now …

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Health & safety legislation for holiday let cottages

As holiday let owners we all like to think we are cautious and unlikely to get caught out by accidents or injuries in our rentals. Although rare, accidents do happen. When they do you need to ensure you have followed any legislation that applies to renting out your holiday home and that you are protected against subsequent legal action. There …

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9 Free email templates for holiday rental owners

9 Free email templates for holiday rental owners

Emails are a vital way of communicating with your holiday let guests, both potential and confirmed. Not only can emails help you convert a tentative enquiry into a firm booking, they can build trust and confidence as well as keeping the booking process crystal clear for you and your guests. Here are our top tips for writing perfect holiday rental …

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6 reasons why guests don’t book your holiday home

Even if you have an ideal holiday home in the perfect location, bookings aren’t necessarily a given. In the hugely competitive world of holiday lets your holiday home needs to look so good that holidaymakers feel compelled to click on the booking button. This means selling your holiday home from the moment it appears on the screen, to that final …

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Turning down a booking – Thanks but no thanks

Turning down a booking – Thanks but no thanks

Out of eagerness to fill the availability calendar, holiday rental owners often take on any booking. After all, maximum occupancy is the aim, right? Wrong. Not all bookings are good for your holiday rental business, especially if: The booking negatively impacts your ability to delight other guests You and your employees are distracted from doing your jobs It drives your …

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Dealing with holiday refund requests & cancellations

Business, as in life, is full of unexpected events and sometimes there’s no knowing what’s going to happen next. In the holiday letting business this inevitably means you’ll have to deal with cancellations and refunds at some point due to bereavement, illness, job etc. Here, we provide some tips on how to respond to a guest who has to cancel …

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VisitEngland Star Ratings – Are they worth it?

VisitEngland Star Ratings – Are they worth it?

The world of self catering is hugely competitive and for travelers choosing where to stay, the choice of cottages can be overwhelming. To help them choose most guests look at recommendations (word of mouth or online reviews) and/or official ratings. Official ratings are awarded by tourist boards – in the case of England, via the Quality in Tourism department of …

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Best places in the world to buy a holiday home

Best places in the world to buy a holiday home

Here at Schofields we like to give people the best information about buying a holiday home in both the UK and abroad, and our team of researchers have been busy compiling the best destinations for a holiday home that will provide the best investments. Our research found that Catalonia in Spain proved to have the best return on investment, with …

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How to choose a holiday cottage letting agent

After reviewing your options between going alone or using an agency, you’ve made the decision to hand over the management of your holiday let to an agency. However, the task of choosing a holiday cottage agency can be a rather daunting one! In most areas there’s quite a few to choose from, but what should you look for? The overall …

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Managing a holiday let: Use an agency or DIY?

Managing a holiday let: Use an agency or DIY?

You’ve bought a holiday let property, kitted it out and now it’s ready for the first guests. The next step is to decide whether it’s best to look after everything yourself, or to hand over the management tasks to a rental agency? Your final choice will depend on many factors and personal circumstances. To help you decide, we’ve listed the …

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Stupid things holiday home guests do

Owning a holiday rental is emotional – it’s your home after all. Somewhere you may have painstakingly renovated from a ruin, spend many hours cleaning/preparing for guests and where you intend to retire. Unfortunately some guests don’t abide to a ‘treat it as you would your own’ approach when staying in holiday homes. If you spend time reading holiday home …

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How to avoid unwanted holiday rental guests

How to avoid unwanted holiday rental guests

If you’ve set up a well-equipped holiday let in a good location with the right marketing behind it, your booking requests are probably flowing in. But should you accept guests at face value or do you screen them first? If you don’t, you are not alone. Two fifths of holiday home owners ‘don’t bother’ checking guest credentials despite over half …

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How to deal with holiday cottage disputes

How to deal with holiday cottage disputes

If you rent out your holiday property for any length of time it’s somewhat inevitable that you will receive a guest complaint somewhere along the road. Regardless of the care you take over your property and quality of the service you give, you just cannot please all people all of the time. In today’s litigious society, it’s a sad fact …

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How to make a complaint about a self-catering cottage

How to make a complaint about a self-catering cottage

The self catering accommodation industry has often been the brunt of bad press surrounding shoddy agents, properties not being of the standard advertised, (or not being available at all!) and agents washing their hands of things by stating the holiday booking is directly between the property owner and the guest. The law for holiday rentals is not too helpful either, …

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What guests “borrow” from holiday homes

Hoteliers often report on items travellers take from hotel rooms, with toiletries and tea/coffee being the top items. However, this behaviour isn’t exclusive to hotels. Holiday home guests may not always be behaving within the rules of the law when staying in a holiday rental. When questionned, guests admit to ‘borrowing’ items from a holiday home they’ve stayed at in …

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The romance and risks of open fires in cottages

The romance and risks of open fires in cottages

Having an open fire in your holiday home can be one of its biggest selling points during the winter season, but how do you balance the romance with the risks? The Romance Photos of a big, roaring open fire are perhaps one of the most romantic images you will see on holiday cottage rental websites, and can be a massive …

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Holiday cottage rental disaster plan

Bookings are going well, the holiday letting season is in full swing and everything seems to be perfect. The next thing you know something happens at your holiday let, the guests are not happy and you are running around to make it right. Sound familiar? By all accounts it’s been a tough year for holiday lets. We have experienced a …

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How NOT to book a holiday cottage

Quite unlike using a faceless hotel reservations system, booking a cottage directly with its owner can offer a huge amount of flexibility to get your holiday just right. Need an extra bed in your room for a child who won´t sleep alone in strange places? No problem.  Want to bring the family pooch along? Sure you can. Prefer a late …

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Holiday let bookings down? Don’t panic!

Holiday let bookings down? Don’t panic!

If you spend time on holiday rental owner communities you will often see posts like these from owners who are panicking; -Enquiries have completely dried up! -Help! bookings down -Where have all the bookings gone? Don’t panic! I know it’s difficult not to, but try not to panic. If this is your first year letting your holiday home it’s hard …

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What your holiday rental can learn from Virgin Holidays

What your holiday rental can learn from Virgin Holidays

Going on holiday and experiencing travel from a holidaymakers perspective allows you to re-assess how you run your holiday let and get tips on how you can improve it. Having recently returned from a family holiday at Disney with Virgin Holidays, I picked up some tips on how they operate their travel business and how theses can be applied to …

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