Vacation Rental Resources
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Most Common Questions
I’ve got a HomeAway and VRBO listing and want to make sure I link to my vacation rental website.
Besides just having a clean property, what should I do to make sure guests have the best first impression when they arrive?
I often get requests from international travelers and inevitably something comes up that I hadn’t encountered in the past. What should I do to make sure I am communicating the right information up front?
I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from international renters. How do I know which ones I should follow up with and which ones are scams?
I've just created a new listing on VRBO and I want to make sure I look different than my competition.
I'm creating a newsletter to send to my past guests and email list.
I currently have a vacation rental that I target to leisure travelers, but I'm thinking of trying to attract corporate travelers during the off season.
I want to create a guide to share with my guests about the local area around my vacation rental.
There are so many homes in my area listed on FlipKey and it's getting even more competitive.
What are some distinct travel themes or niche marketing trends I might be able to take advantage of for my vacation rental?
I want to make sure my home stands out so a theme or niche might help me do this.
I just hired a housekeeper for my vacation rental. What items should I make sure they clean regularly?
I think my vacation rental would be perfect for renting to corporate travelers in the off-season.
I just went paperless for my vacation rental business, but how do I make sure I don't lose any important data?
What are important steps I should take to make sure I don't lose any data?
I want to reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly.
I just created a new listing on HomeAway, but there are so many other homes in my area. How do I make sure my home stands out among the crowd?
I received an inquiry from a traveler asking for a discount off my published rate. Should I consider the offer and negotiate or stand firm on my rates?
If guests return to my property a second or third time, should I be offering them a discount?
I've got a 3-night minimum for my rental, but a guest only wants to book it for the weekend. What should I do?
Typically I want a renter to stay for at least 3 nights because it's costly to turn over the property sooner and provides me with more stable revenue. But, I often get requests for less than 3 nights.
I'm trying to fill a vacancy for a last-minute cancellation and the traveler asked for a discount. What should I do?
Another traveler canceled at the last minute and I've got another traveler to fill the space, but they want a discount.
Most of the inquiry emails I get are from travelers asking to negotiate or bargain for my best available rate.
One of my guests complained online that my vacation rental was dirty. How should I respond?
I don't have the budget to hire a professional photographer and I really want to practice my photography skills.
I want to allow pets at my rental, but I want to make sure I've covered all my bases so we don't have any incidents.
I need more reviews for my rental in order to gain more credibility and rank higher on searches.
There is a big event coming to town and I'm going to rent out my home to travelers.
Every year my town has a couple of big events and I'm thinking about renting out my home during these weeks.
I got a negative review online from a guest and I'm not sure what I should do to respond or if I should respond.
I've heard a lot about Craigslist for marketing my vacation rental, but I don't really know where to start.
I'm already using Craigslist to promote my vacation rental, but want to renew my ad.
I'm taking photos for my vacation rental and want to make sure I stage it in the best possible light.
What is a good number of photos that I should have of my vacation rental so I can best display it online?
I received an inquiry for my vacation rental and the email didn't look quite right. What should I do next?
I'm new to renting and thinking about turning my second home into a vacation rental when I'm not using it. Where do I start?
I'm thinking about hiring a property manager for my vacation rental.
How do I find out the current rates in my area? What should I do once I've collected the money?
Some of my competitors have reviews and some do not. I'm pretty new to renting my home, how important are they?
I want to set up a Facebook Page for my vacation rental. How do I get started and get people to like my Page?
I want to send out a monthly newsletter to my renters. What should I include? Are there any specific email programs you would recommend?
My website is up and running, but I don't know what to do next. No one is visiting my site and I need to get more traffic. What should I do?
I’m trying to set rates for my vacation rental, but I don’t know to make sure they’re competitive. Do you have any tips?
I want to write listing headlines that people will click on. What makes one better than another?
I just created a website for my vacation rental and now I need to choose a domain name for it. How do I choose one that is easy to remember and is search engine friendly?
With the recent hurricane in the northeast I started thinking about what kind of insurance coverage I might need to protect me, my guests, and my home in the case of an emergency.
During the recent hurricane my vacation rental was unoccupied, but I couldn’t help but think about what I would have done should it have been rented. What should I do to prepare my home and my guests if there is an emergency?
Q&A TopicsAdvertising 5
SEO - Search Engine Optimization 1
Listing Sites 5
New to Renting 13
Phishing & Fraud 2
Property Management 3
Email Marketing 2