Vacation property owners can utilize their property in many ways. Property owners are often most concerned with having their vacation home booked as often as possible. There are several options in simplifying the booking of a vacation property or making the listing stand out from other vacation property listings.
Some property owners outsource the marketing and maintenance of their vacation home for a fee. In addition, some vacation property listings offer homes to be "swapped" between owners interested in traveling to new destinations.
Virtual tours are used to allow prospective renters the opportunity to explore the vacation listing through video. Online virtual tours offer panoramic views of the property. Likewise, the viewer may move from room to room and even outside without actually visiting the property. The property owner or listing agent can create a virtual tour which will showcase the best features of the property.
Many vacation rental agreements stipulate that the property is left "broom clean," that all belongings and trash be cleared and the floors are swept. This stipulation does not require disinfecting any parts of the vacation property. Many vacation areas have cleaning services that will sanitize and vacuum the home.
Homeowners may list their primary residence or secondary, vacation property on home swap sites. These vacation listings are used to make travel more affordable by eliminating the cost of hotel or rental. Details such as house cleaning and use of personal property, such as the use of a personal vehicle, are arranged between the parties trading homes.
Vacation property owners may include an availability calendar with the vacation listing to facilitate bookings. Prospective renters may check the availability of the vacation listing online, simplifying the booking process for both renters and owners.
Property managers take on the responsibilities of the vacation property otherwise left to the owner. Property managers not only advertise and book the vacation property, they are also tasked with ensuring regular maintenance such as cleaning and trash removal. The property manager is the point of contact for the questions and concerns of renters before during and after their stay. Property managers are paid a percentage of the rental fee as commission for their services.
Owners of vacation properties may provide a guest manual for renters. The manual may include expectations for the care of the property and suggestions that may help the guests make the most use of their time. These manuals offer suggestions of restaurants or local hot spots.