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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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8 Ways to Attract Winter Cottage Rental Guests

1   Change the photos on your website to show winter scenes Potential renters are going to find your site more attractive if there are winter photos to motivate them to book. Next time you get a good snowfall, take some great pictures of the exterior of the property before the snow gets trampled on. If […]

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Should Vacation Rentals be Licensed and Regulated?

Here’s an interesting viewpoint on the fast growing vacation rental industry: “all vacation home owners who rent more than a couple of weeks in the year should be licensed and meet minimum standards for vacation rentals”. I read this on a forum recently and it has been niggling at the back of my mind ever […]

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What Your Guests Need to Know About Winter Rentals

On one of our first winter visits to our Haliburton Highlands cottage from the UK, we experienced a 36-hour power outage during and after a winter storm. It was pretty scary as the road out was blocked by snow; the plow didn’t get round until the second day; we’d never realized we’d be without water […]

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Why You Should Give Your Guests a Good Night’s Sleep

In the course of a year, I probably visit over 100 vacation homes and cottages. Sometimes this is an annual inspection for rental cottages for my management agency; sometimes as part of my consultancy services to owners who are considering renting out their properties, and very occasionally it is in response to a complaint from […]

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