It’s the ‘Summer of the Staycation!’ Have you considered renting out your holiday lodge? Here are some top tips to help you rent out your static caravan or holiday home.
Tips for renting out your holiday lodge
Published on September 22, 2020
As we continue to ease out of lockdown and the UK population continue to travel around the country, there is plenty of opportunity for holiday home owners to make some money renting out their abodes. You can find more reasons to rent out your holiday lodge in our recent blog! And if that has left you feeling inspired, here are some top tips you should know before renting out your static caravan or holiday lodge.
Get some great photos of your home
Let your pictures do the talking. Take some brilliant photos of your holiday home to really entice guests to book a weekend away. Don’t be afraid to dress the place up a little, but make sure you are giving a fair representation of your home! You could even film a video tour to really show off the best parts of your holiday home.
Think Outdoor Living
This summer (and probably next summer), lots of the UK sunseekers will be travelling to other areas of the country to enjoy short breaks. While a gorgeous kitchen and living room would entice visitors to book, you should make sure that your outdoor living areas are even better. After all, your guests probably want to spend as much time outdoors as possible!
We are experts in creating unique outdoor living areas for holiday lodges and static caravans. Maximise the value of your holiday home with a bespoke uPVC sundeck from The Mayfield Group. We can also offer uPVC decking accessories including LED Lighting and ClearView Balustrades. More recently, we have been working on some gorgeous Canopies for Caravan Decking. Take a look at our latest brochure or get in touch for more information.
Add features that will increase value
Adding a hot tub will add value and appeal to your holiday lodge and might be the deciding factor for prospective guests. Our teams around the UK have been busy installing Hot Tubs this summer. But don’t forget that even the smaller touches can make a real difference. Go out of your way to make sure your guests are comfortable in your static caravan. We would recommend adding a few home comforts, maybe a fan to plug in if gets really hot or some board games for the family to enjoy if the rain comes.
Use your local knowledge
If you are letting your own holiday home out, you have a unique advantage over a holiday company. You will have a more intimate knowledge of the local area, the really good places to eat, fun things for the kids to do and those local hidden gems. Why not put a small welcome pack together for your guests to help them get acquainted with the area. Not only will this help your marketing efforts, but it will create a great first impression!
Speak to your park operator
Most parks offer a service to help you rent out your holiday home and can organise bookings and cleaning for you to ensure that the home is always well maintained. All parks will charge some commission for this and it is best to check this with them first, the balance can then be offset against your site fees and other expenses or paid to you at the end of the season. All parks work differently so please check with your park operator to discuss the best solution for you.
Consider an Agency
If you don’t want to be so involved in renting out your static caravan, you could contact an agency to do the hard work for you. You should also consider using an agency to maximise bookings for your holiday home, you could benefit from their exposure, reputation and experience in holiday lets. If you would rather keep all the profit to yourself, there are many sites that exist to help you let out your holiday lodge for short periods, including AirBnB, and HundredRooms.
The opportunity is certainly there. AirBnb reported more domestic bookings in the three days following Boris Johnson’s announcement that the travel restrictions were lifted than they had in the entire of April 2020!
It’s not quite as easy as inviting people to stay in your home and taking a payment. Before you begin letting your holiday lodge, static caravan or home, you should speak to local experts, financial advisers and legal professionals to be informed about your new business. You need to consider all legal, financial and planning matters, for instance, what sort of insurance will you need and will you be taxed on earnings? You should have all risk assessments, contracts and other important paperwork in place before renting out your holiday home.
Tips for renting out your Static Caravan
Renting out your holiday lodge or static caravan is a easy and effective way to earn some money while your holiday home is not being used. It is a great reason to do up your holiday home and add some value to the property. Best of all, you can enjoy the new and improved lodge whenever you would like!
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