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27 Questions about "New to Renting"

Should I rent my second home out as a vacation rental?

I have a second home that I'm thinking about turning into a vacation rental.


Are there networking events that can help me market my vacation rental?

I'm wondering if there are specific events that can help me build my business.



What items should be on my vacation rental checkout procedure?

I want to leave a checklist for guests so they don't forget anything before they leave.


What policies must I set in place before accepting my first renter?

I'm new to renting and want to make sure I've covered all my bases before taking my first guest.


I think my vacation rental rates are too low. What should I do?


How do I compare to my competitors and effectively raise my rates if need be?


I think my vacation rental rates are too high. What should I do?

How do I evaluate them objectively and make the right decision?


How do I evaluate my vacation rental rates?


I'm not sure if I’m charging the right amount to cover my costs and compete.


I get a lot of tire kickers who just want to know my rates and whether their dates are available, but never book. What am I doing wrong?


Is there a better way to turn away those just browsing and better attract those looking to book?


I get a lot of inquiries, but very few actually convert into bookings. What am I doing wrong?


How do I get more people who inquire on my property to actually book?


What amenities are considered essentials for my home?

Should I have towels, soap, a stocked pantry? What kinds of things do I need to get started?


How do I determine what seasons are applicable for my rental?

I just bought my vacation rental and the competition seems to have mixed dates for high and low seasons. How do I determine which ones I should use?


I'm having plumbing problems at my vacation rental. Should I hire a professional?

I have an older home and need to redo some of the plumbing. Is it realistic I could take this on myself or should I hire a pro?


I'm having electrical problems at my vacation rental. Should I hire a professional?

It's clear I need some electrical work done at my property. Is it easy to tackle myself or should I hire a pro?


Should I do my own vacation rental maintenance or hire a professional?

I consider myself pretty handy, but are there risks I should consider in doing it myself or just hire a professional?


Can I target both vacation and corporate travelers for my rental?

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.


What should I include in the local guide for my vacation rental?

I want to create a guide to share with my guests about the local area around my vacation rental.


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 want to target corporate travelers for my vacation rental. How do I get started?

I think my vacation rental would be perfect for renting to corporate travelers in the off-season.


What can I do to make sure my HomeAway listing stands out?

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'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 always get inquiries asking for my "best available rate." How should I respond?

Most of the inquiry emails I get are from travelers asking to negotiate or bargain for my best available rate.


How should I promote my home for rent during a local event in town?

There is a big event coming to town and I'm going to rent out my home to travelers.


What should I consider before renting my home during a local event in town?

Every year my town has a couple of big events and I'm thinking about renting out my home during these weeks.


I got my first negative review! How should I respond?

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.


What is the best way to stage my vacation rental for photos?

I'm taking photos for my vacation rental and want to make sure I stage it in the best possible light.


How do I turn my second home into a vacation rental?

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?


How important are reviews for my vacation rental?

Some of my competitors have reviews and some do not. I'm pretty new to renting my home, how important are they?