Tips for Long Term Vacation Rentals

Renting a vacation property for a long term trip can be a wonderful experience for you and your family to become part of a new community in the destination you are visiting. Although you are there for vacation and aren’t a permanent residence you can still find the community, adventure, and fun of a vacation with the stability and comfort staying in your own private property affords.

As a vacation rental owner there are pros and cons when it comes to renting to short or long term vacation rental clients, and it is up to you as the landlord or property manager to decide if renting to long term tenants is something you want to do. Renting to short term clients in Aruba means you can have a lot of turnover in clients and therefore make money, but you are also constantly cleaning up after clients and turning the house around to be ready for a new set of people.

If you can find vacationers who you trust and who will take care of the rental property then having a consistent set of tenants for many months at a time can reduce stress, maintenance costs, and still garner you a profit throughout the year.

The benefits of a long term vacation rental in Aruba is that the tourist season may have its ups and downs, but there are clients consistently throughout the year because of the great weather and affordable cost of living that the island offers. Not only is the tourist industry very strong in Aruba, but business is also booming which means that business people from around the world are also looking for accommodations in Aruba.

Renting to long term clients be they tourists, businesspeople or locals looking for a different experience on the island can be a great experience for the landlord as well as the tenant.

Treating your rental like a business if you are renting to short or long term clients is the biggest tip anyone can give in the rental business. This is an investment in your time, money, and patience as renting a vacation property is a little like running a hotel. People can be demanding and on occasion downright ridiculous, and keeping up with the costs of owning a vacation property requires detailed book keeping and knowing your schedule inside and out. However, if owning a vacation rental is what you want to do then it can be a very lucrative business, especially if you own a property in the Caribbean.

Staying in a long term vacation rental as a client can be a wonderful experience. If you are living somewhere for a few months it is important to establish a good relationship with the landlord. You shouldn’t depend on them to clean up after you or provide you with the same amenities as a hotel- rather, this is your temporary home and you need to treat it as such.

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, having a long term rental can be great!

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Vacation Rental Etiquette

So, you’ve decided to stay at a privately owned vacation rental home. The travel dates are set, the reservation is made and now you wait, excitedly for your vacation to begin.

But wait, we have always stayed at hotels, so how’s this work exactly? Will there be toilet paper provided? What about hand soap, and laundry soap?

It’s good that you’re asking these questions now, because staying at a privately owned vacation rental home is significantly different than staying at a hotel. What you give up in convenience, you gain in amenities and freedom.

Most vacation rental home owners, make sure the basics are there for your arrival, but remember, this is the next best thing to staying in your own home, and who provides the supplies there? You do, of course!

No owner wants their guests to arrive needing to use the restroom, only to find there are no restroom supplies available. But, they’re not going to provide supplies for your entire stay, either.

So, you should plan on that, and budget for that. One of the first things you will want to do, upon your arrival, is to look around to see what is there, and make a list of what you need.

Most likely you’ll be surprised to find food and other supplies that have been left by either the vacation rental home owner or previous guests. The rule of thumb is, what you find is yours to use.

It’s also normal to find multiples of some food supplies. Everybody has their own comfort level, and preferences. Don’t be surprised if you find a couple jars of peanut butter, and other such supplies. Again, you’re welcome to use them, but if that makes you uncomfortable, just add that item to your shopping list.

Generally the cleaning crew has been instructed to remove anything that can spoil or attract unwanted critters. While we’re on this subject, when you leave try to dispose of anything that will spoil, or will attract bugs.

You may also find non-food items such as bar soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap, sun block, etc. You are welcome to use them, but they may not be your brand or whatever. So, just leave them for the next guests.

Once you’ve looked around and taken an inventory, make a grocery list and go shopping. You’ll want to stock up for your stay and you should plan to replace anything you use. You certainly don’t want to leave the property without essential items like toilet paper and soap.

It’s kind of a “pay-it-forward” philosophy. The idea being if you leave it well stock for the next guest, they’ll do the same for the guests after them, etc. Hopefully, you’ll benefit the next time you stay at a privately owned vacation rental, and the home will be well stocked for you, upon your arrival.

Always remember you are staying at somebody’s home. Yes, you’re paying rent and yes it’s your right to use it, but use it with respect. If you move an end table or a lamp, you should return those items to there original location.

If you break something, be responsible and replace it if you can, or offer to repair or share the cost. In the least, let the vacation home rental owner know, so that the item can be replaced for subsequent guests. Most vacation rental home owners understand about wear and tear, but common courtesy and consideration are very much appreciated.

Remember, staying at a vacation rental home is not that different than staying at a relative’s home. Would you use up all their supplies; would you rearrange their furniture without permission? What if you broke something, wouldn’t you be responsible and either fix it, replace it or at least notify your relative? Just use some common sense and courtesy, and everybody will be happy.

Staying at a privately owned vacation rental is a great experience that allows families to vacation together comfortably. If you feel the need to be pampered, then staying at a hotel where there’s plenty of staff available to cater to your needs, is probably a better choice for you.

But if you enjoy your privacy, and like the idea of getting up in the morning and having a cup of coffee while sitting by the side of the pool in your PJ’s, then a privately owned vacation rental can’t be beat!

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