Fido Fills Weeks — Consider Pets for Your Vacation Rental and Broaden Market Appeal

First, understand that pets are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act. You can advertise “Pets Considered,” then decide case by case, yea or nay. You can rent one week to a family with a six-pound, well trained Pomeranian, then just say “No” to the group with the twin Palominos. Totally your call.

02/07/2017 | by @[email protected] | Owner Focus Uncategorized

Is your Cape Cod home really ready for the summer rental season? Not until you’ve done these 10 things

When does your Cape Cod summer rental season begin? We’re not talking about that three- or four-day rental you may have booked over the Memorial Day weekend. We mean, when does your summer rental season really kick in for good – no time off – just back-to-back-to-back rentals? Probably some time in June or early […]

05/22/2017 | by @[email protected] | Owner Focus

Planning to rent your Cape Cod home without air conditioning to summer vacationers? Not cool.

Many Cape Cod homes do not have any form of air conditioning. Their owners feel it is an unnecessary extra cost. They’ll say things like, “People come to the Cape in the summer for the cooling sea breezes. Who needs air conditioning?” You can rationalize all you want, but the fact is that most families […]

05/20/2017 | by @[email protected] | Guest Insider Owner Focus

Two Ways Cape Cod Homeowners Can Adjust to a More Competitive Vacation Rental Market.

It has nothing to do with climate change, but we notice a sea change on Cape Cod this spring – at least in the private home rental market. There are just way too many prime weeks still open at this point in the booking season. We think it’s because there are just way more properties […]

05/19/2017 | by @[email protected] | Uncategorized

The three most common mistakes owners make in the kitchen of their Cape Cod vacation rental home.

What’s the most important single room in your Cape Cod home when it comes to managing your summer rentals? You know it’s the kitchen. A big part of the reason so many people rent private homes like yours instead of staying at a resort is they get to prepare their own meals and save a […]

04/10/2017 | by @[email protected] | Guest Insider Owner Focus

What’s on TV? Five things you need to know about television and your Cape summer vacation rental guests.

There are families who will tell you they could care less whether they have TV In their Cape Cod rental property. But they are a decided minority. Most people want and expect to have television. For many, a vacation without TV would be more like a prison sentence. So do what the market wants — […]

04/08/2017 | by @[email protected] | Guest Insider Owner Focus

Saturday Recipe & Libation

Hungry?  Try this recipe and libation combo tonight!  Shrimp, tomato, and spinach pasta in garlic butter sauce with a Skinnygirl Suntan!

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Fix your “broken windows”: how making little things right can make a big difference in your Cape vacation rental success.

OK, so your Cape Cod property probably doesn’t actually have any broken windows per se. But what about that outdoor shower door that doesn’t latch right any more? Or that toilet in the half bath where you have to hold down the flush handle or the bowl won’t empty completely? Broken Windows, Broken Business is […]

04/02/2017 | by @[email protected] | Guest Insider Owner Focus

Don’t let accidental guest damage put a dent in your Cape Cod vacation rental success.

First of all, if you’re going to rent, you can’t sweat the small stuff. How will you feel about that water ring left on your coffee table? When you do summer rentals, you’re running a small business that can gross up to $50,000 each season or more, depending on the property and its location. There […]

04/01/2017 | by @[email protected] | Guest Insider Owner Focus

Four ways to encourage good behavior by your vacation rental guests.

Your rental summer vacationers are generally good people who want to do the right things when they stay at your property. As an owner/host, you need to do the right things to encourage them to behave as you hope they will. Create the conditions for success!   Share your expectations — in writing. Guests are […]

03/27/2017 | by @[email protected] | Guest Insider Owner Focus

A Day at the Beach: How to Optimize Your Cape Cod Vacation Rental Guests’ Beach Experience.

Why is Cape Cod such a popular family vacation destination? Basically, it’s the beaches. So if they’re coming for the beach, what can you do as an owner/host to enhance their beach vacation? Beach chairs are a must. If your property is directly on the beach, you may want to furnish those Adirondack-style resin chairs. […]

03/26/2017 | by @[email protected] | Owner Focus