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Four Ways To Make Extra Income From Your Web Site

Having your own website to advertise your vacation rental is the number one way of marketing your vacation home. However, if all you are doing with it is promoting the cottage there is a finite amount of income in weeks rented. Once those have been reserved there is no more money arriving in your mailbox. […]

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How To Write Captivating Copy For Your Vacation Rental Website

What inspires you? What captures your attention when you visit a website so that you explore every page? Perhaps it’s the eye-catching design or photos that get your initial interest, but it’s the words that will spark the desire to read more. When you write for your website or blog it’s important to pay close […]

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Why Don’t Guests Read the Cottage Guide?

I was talking with a cottage owner this weekend who remarked that he could not understand why renters cannot seem to follow the simplest of instructions in the cottage guide. One explanation could be that they follow them too closely and my experience after my Christmas renters supports this. We ask our rental guests to […]

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Leaving the Door Wide Open and Other Security Measures!

How do your renters access your cottage? Do you mail them keys, or hide them under a flowerpot, in the barbecue or on a hook under the deck? I’m often amazed at the ingenuity of homeowners in finding new places to conceal their keys, but wonder why on earth they don’t use a simple lockbox […]

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The WOW Effect – Creating A Lasting Impression For A Festive Break

It’s 5am on Christmas morning and I’m in my favourite spot – curled up in front of the fire with a mug of Tim Horton’s chocolate. BBC Radio 2 is on – wonderful commercial free entertainment that reminds me of Xmas mornings back in UK – and my living room looks wonderfully festive and really […]

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10 Small Appliances for a Well Equipped Kitchen

A well-equipped kitchen will encourage returning guests and may inspire some great testimonials and reviews so ensure your property is ‘fully loaded’. This means supplying a good variety of small appliances and cooking aids. Here’s my top 10 list…. Coffee Maker – don’t go for the cheapest and if you buy a spare jug at the […]

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The Secret to Renting Out Your Vacation Home – the Stress-Free Way

What one thing can make your cottage vacation rental easier to manage as well as leaving you feeling comfortable about the guests you have staying? What can also increase your income in the offseason, and boost your referral rates significantly? The secret is in your returning guests. Those wonderful families that come back year after […]

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How Much Should You Pay for Property Management?

I’ve been having some interesting conversation recently with the founders of We Check it Out. Angela Balan and Jeff Sopik have partnered to bring their unique business and management skills to cottage country in the form of a membership package. Their current plans are designed for owners who need occasional checks to be made on […]

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Are You Adding Value by Providing Linens for Your Guests?

I’ve been in lively discussion with a fellow cottage owner about providing bed linens for guests. From my knowledge of the rental market here in Ontario, I would guess around 20% of owners supply sheets and towels, while the rest provide comforters, blankets and pillows and ask their renters to bring their own linens.  Our […]

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Additions, Renovations and Improvements to Increase Rental Profit

The time has come for some renovations at my cottage in the Kawarthas. We’ve been renting out Osprey Cottage for three years now and have had a lot of success, with full occupancy in the summer and decent reservation rates the rest of the year, but it’s looking a bit tired in places. We are […]

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