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Coronavirus: Advice for Holiday Cottage Owners & Holiday Let Businesses

Coronavirus: Advice for Holiday Cottage Owners & Holiday Let Businesses

Reading Time: 7 minutes Note: This is not official advice from Schofields, but is intended to provide guidance which may help.  These are unprecedented times that we all find ourselves in. The coronavirus is significantly impacting the travel and tourism industry and although we are in uncharted territory, it’s important that holiday let businesses are prepared to handle the surge in booking cancellations and …

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A Quick Guide to Creating a Google My Business Listing

A Quick Guide to Creating a Google My Business Listing

Reading Time: 9 minutes The way people search for information online has changed over the past decade. As Google continues to dominate in the search engine stakes, it’s brought with it several new features for users wanting to get their business in front of their target audience; the main one being Google My Business. So how do you get listed? Follow our steps below …

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Smart Holiday Home Marketing Tips to Increase Bookings

Smart Holiday Home Marketing Tips to Increase Bookings

Reading Time: 10 minutes Whether you are ready to let your first holiday home or are an established owner looking to increase bookings, knowing how to market your rental successfully is a common predicament for many owners. With the growth in popularity of websites like Airbnb and HomeAway, it has become even more challenging to stand out against the competition and get bookings. So …

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How to Create the Perfect Guest Information Book

How to Create the Perfect Guest Information Book

Reading Time: 9 minutes Why you should create a welcome book Sometimes when we know our holiday home and the area so well, we can take things for granted and forget what it felt like when we were new to the area. We forget that to our new guests the whole place is unfamiliar. Guests are no longer just looking for somewhere to sleep …

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Where to Invest? Holiday Let or Buy to Let

Where to Invest? Holiday Let or Buy to Let

Reading Time: 9 minutes If you happen to be in the fortunate position of being able to invest in a second home, you will probably be faced with an interesting dilemma – should you buy a holiday home that you can let out short term during the weeks or months you’re not enjoying it yourself – or a buy-to-let property that you can rent …

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Ways to Handle Holiday Booking Cancellations & Refund Requests

Ways to Handle Holiday Booking Cancellations & Refund Requests

Reading Time: 4 minutes The holiday letting business is full of unexpected events and sometimes there’s no knowing what’s going to happen next. This inevitably means you’ll have to deal with booking cancellations and refund requests at some point due to bereavement, illness, the weather, airlines collapsing or pandemics. Here, we provide some tips on how to handle guests who cancel their holiday booking. …

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How to Choose a Holiday Let Cleaner

How to Choose a Holiday Let Cleaner

Reading Time: 6 minutes To ensure your holiday property looks sparkling and spotless, here’s everything you need to know about sourcing, vetting, and working with cleaners. Why investing in cleaning is so important We don’t think it’ll shock you to read that the cleanliness and tidiness of your holiday rental can be the difference between a great review and a complaint. Some of the …

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The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Holiday Home Letting Agency

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Holiday Home Letting Agency

Reading Time: 8 minutes So, you’re thinking about hiring a holiday home letting agent. This probably means one of two things: either you’ve realised you don’t have the time to run your rental as well as you’d like. Or perhaps you’ve realised it takes a lot more expertise than you’ve got for your holiday home to reach its full potential. But the task of …

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Pros & Cons of Using a Holiday Let Management Agent

Pros & Cons of Using a Holiday Let Management Agent

Reading Time: 9 minutes You’ve bought a holiday let, kitted it out, and now it’s ready for the first guests. The next step is to decide whether you should manage everything yourself, or to hand over the management tasks to a holiday let management agency? Your final choice will depend on many factors and personal circumstances. To help you decide, we’ve listed the pros …

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How Much Does It Cost to Run a Holiday Let Cottage?

How Much Does It Cost to Run a Holiday Let Cottage?

Reading Time: 9 minutes Running a holiday rental can be an enjoyable and very satisfying business, but there are a number of regular running costs to consider before you kick off your new venture. There’s certainly money to be made as a holiday let landlord. Britain’s holiday rental market has experienced “significant” growth, in light of the pound weakening and millions opting to choose …

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The Best Airbnb & Holiday Home Letting Advice to Learn from

The Best Airbnb & Holiday Home Letting Advice to Learn from

Reading Time: 8 minutes Letting out a holiday home and getting bookings isn’t easy. Pricing, marketing, changeovers, property and guest management are just a few tasks that need to be completed. Although owning a holiday home is demanding, it’s one that can be highly lucrative if managed well. All you need is a bit of advice and support to make the process easier. Luckily …

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Prevent a Party from Trashing Your Holiday Let or Airbnb

Prevent a Party from Trashing Your Holiday Let or Airbnb

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’re running a holiday letting business, of the biggest concerns is the damage that can be caused by guests throwing a party and trashing your home. It happens! Take these real-life examples… London Airbnb trashed on New Year’s Eve A 16-year-old girl throws a party in hired holiday home causing around £40,000 worth of damage Despite the horror stories …

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How to Create an Accessible Holiday Cottage for Disabled Travellers

How to Create an Accessible Holiday Cottage for Disabled Travellers

Reading Time: 5 minutes There are so many things to consider when booking a holiday cottage, such as – which area to stay, are the preferred dates available, how much will it cost and what is there to do nearby. But what about travellers with a sensory impairment and/or physical disability? Their priority is to find a cottage that’s suitable for their disability, before …

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 How to Make Your Holiday Cottage More Eco-Friendly

 How to Make Your Holiday Cottage More Eco-Friendly

Reading Time: 7 minutes Whether it’s the current global plastic pollution problem or the melting ice caps in the Arctic, the state of the planet has never been such an enduring hot topic of conversation and debate as it is now. According to the BBC, of the estimated 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic that has been produced to date, only 9% has been recycled. …

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How to Avoid Holiday Scams When Booking a Villa or Apartment

How to Avoid Holiday Scams When Booking a Villa or Apartment

Reading Time: 8 minutes The number of reported cases of holiday booking fraud has spiked in recent years. Sophisticated criminals have come up with plenty of scams to trick those booking holiday rentals online. How can you be sure the accommodation really exists? How do you spot fake listings? Before you book a villa or apartment on Airbnb, Holiday Lettings or HomeAway, follow these …

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Everything You Need to Know About Holiday Rental Damage Deposits

Everything You Need to Know About Holiday Rental Damage Deposits

Reading Time: 5 minutes Holiday rental owners take a huge risk every time they let their holiday homes. With a constant turnover of holidaymakers, property owners live in fear that guests will cause damage, or they’ll end up with their very own Airbnb horror story. Holiday rentals get damaged. It comes with the territory. How can you protect yourself from financial losses when it …

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How to Create a Festive Christmas Cottage

How to Create a Festive Christmas Cottage

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tis’ the season to be jolly and there’s no better way to celebrate the festive holidays than in a cosy cottage. With a little imagination, you can create a memorable Christmas and New Year getaway your guests will love. By implementing the ideas below, you may earn yourself a five-star review, a few referrals, or even persuade your visitors to …

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Your Guide to Booking the Perfect Holiday Cottage

Your Guide to Booking the Perfect Holiday Cottage

Reading Time: 8 minutes Making happy memories is the most important element of any holiday. Relaxation, sightseeing, time spent with family, great food and intrepid adventure are some of the things we treasure about time spent away from the humdrum. But making sure we experience our holiday to the fullest starts long before we get in the car or board a plane. Just because …

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Work Smarter: 9 Holiday Rental Management Tasks to Outsource

Work Smarter: 9 Holiday Rental Management Tasks to Outsource

Reading Time: 5 minutes For smaller holiday property businesses, keeping the booking calendar full whilst giving guests a great experience can be a challenge. Consistently convincing customers to choose your property is tough in a crowded market, where increased competition means holiday rentals need to minimise costs and maximise customer satisfaction to succeed. As well as enticing guests to stay with you through compelling …

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Holiday Cottage Welcome Pack Ideas to Wow Your Guests

Holiday Cottage Welcome Pack Ideas to Wow Your Guests

Reading Time: 5 minutes The care you take over welcoming your holiday cottage guests is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal of customer service and marketing assets. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Today´s holidaymaker has high expectations and they demand a level of quality that easily matches the fabulous hotels stays they have enjoyed in …

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Why Investing in Sleep is a Smart Move

Why Investing in Sleep is a Smart Move

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you have a holiday rental, you’ll know just how hard you need to work to consistently delight your guests. You work to provide them with an arresting slice of homely tranquillity from which to explore the sights and sounds of the local area and, with any luck, they will leave rested and full of praise for what was a …

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How to Make a Complaint About a Self-Catering Cottage

How to Make a Complaint About a Self-Catering Cottage

Reading Time: 8 minutes (Updated August 18) The self-catering accommodation industry has often been the brunt of bad press surrounding properties not being of the standard advertised, or not being available at all!. Booking agents are also guilty of shunning accountability when things go wrong, by stating the booking contract is directly between the property owner and the guest. The law for holiday rentals …

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What to Do If a Guest Is Injured at Your Holiday Cottage

What to Do If a Guest Is Injured at Your Holiday Cottage

Reading Time: 3 minutes Despite taking safety precautions and carrying out a risk assessment, there is still a possibility that a guest will be injured at your holiday home. It’s a worrying thought for holiday rental owners who could face legal bills and damages should someone make a successful claim against them. Regardless of whether the injury is the guest’s fault (e.g. they have …

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How to Write a Risk Assessment for your Holiday Home

How to Write a Risk Assessment for your Holiday Home

Reading Time: 6 minutes Owning a holiday home isn’t just about securing bookings, there are many essential tasks that coincide with running a holiday rental. One of which is ensuring guests safety. As responsible holiday home owner, you have a duty of care to keep your guests safe by carrying out a risk assessment. A risk assessment is a written document that outlines potential …

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Proven Ways To Cut Your Holiday Let Bills

Proven Ways To Cut Your Holiday Let Bills

Reading Time: 9 minutes It isn’t cheap running a holiday let due to the ongoing costs such as cleaning, utilities and maintenance to name a few. Altogether these can result in you making a loss, just about breaking even or making only a nominal profit. Increasing your occupancy or rental rates isn’t the only way to boost profits. By simply cutting your expenses you can …

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The Weirdest Holiday Rental Guests from 2017

The Weirdest Holiday Rental Guests from 2017

Reading Time: 9 minutes As a holiday rental property owner, you may dread being bombarded with cheeky enquiries, odd questions and the weirdest behaviour from guests. In some sense, it’s expected, but in others, it’s just strange! Here are a few examples of ridiculous guest behaviour that left owners and property managers scratching their heads. If you are a veteran holiday let landlord, then …

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Holiday Home Booking Terms & House Rules Template

Holiday Home Booking Terms & House Rules Template

Reading Time: 7 minutes Owning a holiday home isn’t an easy feat, not only do you have to invest your time and money to run the property, but you also have to build and maintain relationships with guests. Naturally, you want your guests to be happy staying at your property but you also want to know everything will be left undamaged and clean. Finding …

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Dogs: The bookings you can’t afford to ignore!

Dogs: The bookings you can’t afford to ignore!

Reading Time: 6 minutes Dogs, also known as a man’s best friend, companion and all round hilarious delight. The RSPCA estimates that there are 8.5 million dogs in the UK and a third of owners choose to take their four-legged friend away with them on holiday. The demand for dog-friendly accommodation continues to grow as more Brits choose to holiday within the UK. Owning …

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VisitEngland Self-Catering Star Ratings – Are They Worth It?

VisitEngland Self-Catering Star Ratings – Are They Worth It?

Reading Time: 5 minutes   The world of self-catering is hugely competitive and for travellers choosing where to stay, the choice of cottages can be overwhelming. Most guests pick a place based on reviews, recommendations or official ratings. For a property to be established with star ratings they must be awarded by tourist boards. One of the most recognised is the Visit England official …

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