The Importance of Good Photos for Your Vacation Rental Business

 

Let’s talk about the money shot - your thumbnail photo. The thumbnail photo is the small photo that pops up when people search for rentals on FlipKey or HomeAway.

Your thumbnail should be the best representation of your vacation rental as it informs them of the mood and the highlights of your place. It will determine whether or not they click to start the process of seeing if your place is a good fit. You want an excellent money shot! If you don't have good photos, that's your very next...

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Make Money from Your Vacation Rental

 

I'm Beth Carson, a vacation rental expert, and I own an Airbnb in Fiji, one of my favorite places on the planet. What you may not know is that I live in Asheville, North Carolina, which is 24 hours away. Let me tell you a little bit about the back story of how I ended up with a vacation rental on this dream island.

I had been to 35 countries when I went on a FAM (familiarization) trip, as a travel agent, to Fiji.. We got to see Denarau and along the Coral Coast. Then we came up to the very...

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Decorating Your Airbnb on a Tight Budget

 

You can design your vacation rental really well without having to spend a lot of money. I was on a really tight budget for designing a couple Airbnb’s, in Tao, Mexico, but I was able to do a great job with a few nifty tricks...

I needed something for a big wall in the dining space. It was so empty, and your eye was just really drawn to the emptiness. I chose the colors gold, silver, and pops of red as accents.

So, in my suitcase, I brought over three platters that were on clearance at...

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Location! Location! Location! Where to Buy an Airbnb

 

Listen up! There are plenty of opportunities in the vacation rental industry for your home to make a lot of money. When I bought my home in Fiji and put it on the vacation rental market, there were only about 12 vacation rentals in the entire country that were marketed even passively. You don't have to have a lot of vacation rentals if you look in your area to have it be a good fit because what's happening is people are bringing the experience they've had in vacation rentals in other...

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WOW Your Guests

 

The wow factor is critical in your vacation rental. I want you to really dig deep in your own property and figure out what you can do to add as much wow factor as you can.

It's amenities, it's lateral promotions... When you use people that aren’t your direct competition but are seeking that same traveler, such as dive operations, tour companies, spas, restaurants, cafes, tours, you name it, you can build relationships with them, as well as add amenities to your own place. It makes the...

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How much is your home worth as a vacation rental?

 

If you've ever wondered how much you could get renting your home out as a vacation rental, or if you want to research a property that you want to buy or convert to a vacation rental, this little known tool on HomeAway can be really powerful.

First, in HomeAway, go to list your property located at the upper right-hand corner. If you don’t already have an account, it'll ask you to give an email before it'll send you the results but rest assured, you don’t have to put in a credit...

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