How to become a master in seasonal rentals ?

Published on : 15 February 20193 min reading time

Are you tempted by renting your second or main home a few weeks a year? All you need to know to earn the most money in the shortest time!

Go through a real estate agent

Renting your house or apartment can be time-consuming and complicated, especially if you do not live nearby … Better to have an intermediary on site. The first solution is to get help from a real estate agent. It is a trusted interlocutor who intervenes quickly in case of problems. It is often a local person, who will advise holidaymakers on the various leisure activities available, local specialties and shops. To manage a seasonal rental, a real estate agent receives a commission that represents, on average, 20 to 30% of rental income. This rate can rise to 35 or even 40% when the service includes additional services. But then you can claim higher rent and target a high-end clientele.

Register on an online ad site

If you do not want to go through a real estate agent, you can sign up on one of the many online ad sites. The costs vary according to the sites. Registration is free on leboncoin, however, Abritel and Homelidays (HomeAway group) operate by subscription: 99 € for 3 months and 249 € for 12 months. As for AirBnb, it charges a 3% fee on the rent amount each time a reservation is recorded. Once registered on an advertising site, you have to find a reliable person to welcome holidaymakers, if you cannot take care of it yourself. It will also explain the operation of housing and ensure the status of places of entry and exit. It can be a cleaning lady or a neighbor. You can also, more conventionally, offer your tenants, as an option, the services of your cleaning lady and the supply of linen.

Write an effective ad

Your ad must be accurate, to answer almost all the questions that vacationers can ask. It is advisable to write it in French and English to reach the widest audience. Give the exact address of the house or apartment will allow candidates to identify themselves in relation to tourist sites and services they will need during their stay: beach, ski or sailing school, shops … Also indicate the number of rooms, the size of the beds and, where appropriate, the dimensions of the pool. List the available appliances, possibly mentioning the brands. Do not forget, of course, to highlight holiday-related amenities such as garden furniture or barbecue.

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