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8 Great Ideas for Vacation Home Owners

1 Magnetic door locks When you spend time in your own cottage, there will be things you don’t want to take home with you, or pack away in totes. Storing them in a cupboard that is designated as ‘owners’ storage’ is the best way if you don’t want guests using particular items. You’ll need to […]

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How to Start Renting Out Your Cottage

I’m at Cottage Fest this weekend. This is the first cottage show of the season at the Markham Fairgrounds and is always a good way to spend a snowy weekend in February. As it falls on our new Ontario long weekend, it also a good opportunity to get out with the family and for a […]

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8 Insider Tips for Vacation Rental Success

It’s clear from talking to owners of vacation rental homes that those who have real success with their rentals have more returning guests and fewer issues with problem renters. What do they do that sets them apart from the competition? Why is it that some properties rent earlier and achieve higher occupancy rates over a […]

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What do Your Guests do Most at Your Cottage?

   What is the one thing everyone will do on a vacation in a cottage? I mean everyone….from the tiniest baby to great grandma? They will do it, not once, but every single day of their holiday. They will sleep! And since they are on vacation, they would hope that it will be a good […]

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Are You Welcoming Your International Guests?

I was reading posts on Lay My Hat yesterday, which is my new favourite forum for vacation home owners. It’s a great read and quite illuminating in places as I would guess over 90% of the forum members have their rentals in Europe which gives a whole new perspective on the international rental industry to […]

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The High Cost of Buying Cheap

When we travelled out from England to buy our first vacation rental home in Ontario, we had a week to close, furnish and set it up for rental. At that time, we didn’t have the big stores in UK like Wal*Mart and Home Depot -at least not where I lived – so we were like […]

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ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A COTTAGE RENTER?

We’ve all heard stories about Cottage renters who, during their stay at a Cottage, have either wrecked something, done something stupid, failed to follow instructions given, left the cottage in a mess or upset the neighbors. Many of these tales may just be legend or embellished over time to make a better story. However, there […]

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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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