Ten Top Tips for Holiday Letting

Published: Monday 18th Feb 2019

Written by: Abi Radford

Ten Top Tips for Holiday Letting

Do you have a second home or investment property in Brighton & Hove that you are thinking of renting on a short term basis? Have you heard of holiday letting but not really sure where to start when it comes to setting up your own? No worries, our experts are on hand to help! Have a read of our ten top tips for holiday letting below and get in touch with our friendly team on 01273 308779 or email for more information. You can also view our 'let with us' page here. 

1 - Choose the perfect property

If you don’t already own the property you want to let, choosing the right property in the right location for holiday letting is crucial. Think - ‘would I like to holiday in this area?’ and do your research on the amenities nearby. We work closely with a number of local Estate Agents so if you’ve got your eye on a certain property but want to know how much you could earn from it - we’re happy to come and have a look and give you some free and honest advice.

2 - Do your sums

You might like the idea of holiday letting, but if you don’t do your sums you could end up with an unprofitable business. And running a holiday home is a business. Make sure you know how much it is going to cost to run the property and how much you need to earn each month to cover all of your outgoings.

3 - Admin - it can’t be avoided!

Make sure you’ve done everything necessary to make your home 1) fully insured and 2) safe for guests. We require public liability insurance, gas safety certificates, and access statements before guests are able to stay at our properties.

4 - Get a good cleaner on board

When guests arrive at your property - they expect it to be spotlessly clean and tidy. Making sure you have a reliable cleaner on board to turn your property around between guests is essential. A clean home = happy guests!

5 - Good mattresses make a good night’s sleep

There’s nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep - especially when you are on holiday and more likely to have that much needed lye in! Make sure you buy new mattresses when you start holiday letting and change them every 8 years. It’s also a good idea to regularly rotate them to keep them fresh!

6 - Use technology

We live in the social media era and people need to stay connected to their ‘fans’. Often the first thing people ask when they arrive at a property is ‘what’s the WIFI password?’ (it’s sad, but it’s true). Make sure you have a fast internet connection and clear instructions on how to use the WIFI. Other technology and gadgets - such as Smart TVs, coffee makers, sound systems - aren’t essential but are desirable too.

7 - Make yours their home from home

People choose to stay in self-catering properties, rather than hotels, because they love the feeling of ‘being at home’. It’s the little touches that will make your place memorable and hopefully entice people to return year after year. Provide a small welcome pack - tea, coffee, milk, bread - so that guests can relax as soon as they walk through the door. Kids toys, buckets & spades for the beach, board games and books - all make guests feel welcome too!

8 - Welcome all of the family

A staggering amount of people now take their four-legged friends away on holiday with them! This means that by accepting pets at your property and providing certain provisions for them - dog bowls, blankets, treats - your property becomes more attractive to potential guests. Make yours a home for all of the family!

9 - Act on feedback

So you’re all set up and guests are now staying in your holiday home - great! It’s a good idea to include a visitors book so that guests can write about the lovely holiday they’ve had - and they will! As well as good comments you may, from time to time, get feedback that isn’t so good. Proactively acting upon negative feedback or constructive criticism will in the long run make your holiday home the best it can be. After all - the customer is always right, right?

10 - Take some time out to use the property yourself!

The beauty of short term letting is that you can use the property yourself, or open it up for friends and family to use as well. This is great as it means that you not only get to enjoy your own holiday home but you can also regularly keep an eye out for any maintenance issues or touch ups that you might need to attend to. Regularly keeping on top of the maintenance is far easier than at the end of a year long tenancy!