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Listing your short-term rental online can be a lot like fishing.
You’ll cast your lure, in hopes of reeling in the great catch.
Will you get a bite, a snag or will you simply be ignored?
Metaphorically speaking, your listing floats as you wait to see if you’ll get a bite. Similar to fishing, you want to use the right lure to attract the big catch.
You can decorate and renovate all you want but if you’re going to get shut down, what’s it all for?
Anyone operating a short-term rental must obtain a business license. Applications require details such as fire safety and parking plans, good neighbour agreement forms and more.
Bylaws are strict. Don’t invest in a property before consulting with a professional that can help decipher between a home that is a good investment versus a great investment.
The decor and design should enhance your space and be unique, all while being inviting to a varying audience. Create a space that makes people feel cozy and at home, but so far away at the same time.
What type of amenities do you have available in your home? Consider the nature of your guests vacation. Are they hitting the beach? Provide lawn chairs and beach towels. Are they wine touring? Provide an extensive list of transportation and winery options.
Your property needs to be well equipped with EVERYTHING guests need for an easy, enjoyable stay.
Certain items will create better reviews, enabling you to rank higher on listing platforms and stand out amongst the competition.
Aside from the basics, what can you add to set your listing apart from the rest?
The listing is where every prospective guest views your abode - and cross your fingers they push that pretty pink “book now” button.
Photos are you first kick at the can to get bookings. Make sure your listing stands out with top-notch, professional photos!
In addition to this, your description should enthral and romanticize potential guests.
It requires more than a pin-drop on a map and a price to get your listing to the top.
If you don’t have the time or the eye, hire someone that does.
So you wanna be a Superhost, eh?
Know and understand the formula behind being a top-rated host. It's easy, but you’ve gotta do it right!
If you don’t have the time to properly host your property, hire a co-host.
They’ll assist you in operating your business and ensuring guests are happy with their stay (How to Host can help with that).
Now that you know a few tricks to get your listing to the top, how will you combine these factors to attract guests?
Kelowna is a year-round resort town, comprised of beaches, mountains and world-class events.
To name a few:
How to Host provides expert knowledge and strategies to help you succeed. With their services, you’ll be sure to turn a healthy profit.
And on that note, if what you’re attempting isn’t a good fit, they’ll tell you that too.
Get your listing to the top.
Book a consultation and take the next step towards building your successful, short-term rental business.
If you'd like to meet with Amanda of How to Host in person, you can visit her at the Kelowna Spring Home Show on February 22nd and 23rd at Prospera Place.
HowtoHost.ca determines the marketability and financial opportunity of your space and then explores occupancy rates, seasonality and every competitive listing in your area to help you design a vacation rental that's functional and suited for any budget. Along with a team of seasoned co-hosts, they offer the highest quality service. HowtoHost.ca is dedicated to creating your dream space and business, as well as ensuring your guests are happy with their stay.
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