A Mini Guide to Evaluating Land Listings
The big topic over by the HUTS water cooler these days has been looking for land. WithRead more
Everyday, we talk with HUTS clients about how they can use vacation rental services to subsidize their build costs and maximize the ROI of their new modern cabin. The ability to rent your place on AirBnB or VRBO when you’re not using it is one of the best parts about building a considered getaway upstate.
If you’re thinking about designing and building a HUT with us and part of your plan is to cover your costs through vacation rentals, I’m sure you’ve spent time swiping through some of the competitors and finding some, well, creepy options. Deceptive pics, dirty rooms, and bizarre decor are pretty standard for Catskills listings.
While a great rental always starts with a beautiful house (that’s where we come in), we want to make sure you’re the highly-reviewed host who just “gets it” with keyless entry and tasteful interiors, rather than the one with a key tossed under a mat and grandma’s old quilt on the bed.
Updating your home with some smart gadgets will not only show value and offer convenience to your guests, but will also allow you to control home systems from afar. Consider installing a video doorbell, smart locks and a smart thermostat to help save hassle and energy costs. And make sure your WiFi service is the best available in your area.
A growing cottage industry of AirBnB-specific cleaning services has sprung up to meet the demands of the short term rental industry. Many of these vendors will even customize services based on the specific needs of your guests, and can be available practically on demand. No expense should be spared when it comes to providing a sparkling clean stay, so do the research and find the best cleaning service match for you. If you work with us, we’ll put you in touch with the right partners in your area.
Selecting a neutral palette will appeal to the greatest number of people and convey comfort and cleanliness. Mix in some location-specific accent pieces and pops of color to offer a bit of texture. If occupancy rate is your goal, stay away from an elaborate design theme – less is more.
Think of the small conveniences and considered amenities you would like to find in a home away from home. Abundant chargers and international power adapters, local whole bean coffee and coffee grinder, individually wrapped toothbrushes and toothpaste, a selection of pillows. A little can go a long way.
High quality photography may be the most important investment when listing your home on AirBnB. You may think your blurry portrait iphone photos will do the trick, but that is definitely not the case. Photos are the first impression of your offering, and will ultimately be the one deciding factor of where a guest decides to book. In this case, more is actually more. A wide variety of gorgeous images of the interior, exterior and surrounding area will make guests excited to stay in your home. Don’t do any of this.