VRS108 – 2015: A Vacation Rental Year In Review

Every year brings new learning, and 2015 has been no different. Mike owns one property and I have two, along with the 190 managed by our PM company, so there’s always some issues we’ve not come across before. In this episode we talk about the year and share what surprised us, a few new trends, and the changes we’ll be making next year.

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  • The travelling giraffe and other things that people leave behind
  • The one thing that is ‘more important than water’ (Wifi)
  • Internet limits and the $1500 overage bill
  • How Mike’s remote system is working
  • The importance of covering all the bases (in Terms and Conditions …and departure checklists)

You’ll also hear some more about The Vacation Rental Formula that is being launched in early January, why we feel it’s a great resource and what you can expect to see.

Links to things we discussed:

VacationRentalFormula.com – Subscribe on our coming soon page to be eligible for early access (before Dec 26th 2015)

Income Property Season 10, Episode 15 – May not be viewable outside of Canada

Nest Thermostat & Smoke/CO2 Dectector System

GetVera – The system Mike uses for his door locks

Lorex Basic Home Camera System

The Lost Giraffe – Huffington Post

Julia Hill

Heather and Mike,

Merry Christmas to you all! on the “faux” days and real day!

Thanks for the 2015 recap. This is a great time of year to reflect on the successes and struggles of 2015. Thankfully the struggles were limited 🙂

We too have an extremely high rate of returning guests and it’s one of the things I continue to challenge myself with- adding and updating constantly. It’s the smallest things guests notice and acknowledge. Continually updating shows pride in ownership and also sends a clear message we invest in the business.

This year we added :
Green Egg Cooker
Blu Tooth Speaker
Netflix subscription
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker/ recipe book and supplies for no cook vanilla ice cream when children are visiting. 🙂
New cookware
New bigger TV

Biggest challenge:
1949 cast iron pipes on the beach 🙁

Excited for 2016 and carrying forward the momentum of Social Media initiatives, booking capabilities on our independent website, and providing Simply Outstanding Service to our guests.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


michael hog

this property front of ocean. We are provided 3 bhk rental property very low price in usa. this property front of ocean

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