Our Top 10 Vacation Rental Posts of 2017

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2017 Top Posts Blog

2017 has been a yet another great year for vacation rentals. More than ever before, travelers are choosing vacation rentals over hotels, and homeowners are enthusiastically investing in properties with vacation rental potential.

We have a very good feeling that 2018 will bring even more bookings for vacation rentals everywhere, and to help you prepare for what the next year has in store – we’re taking a look back at our 10 most popular (and most helpful) articles of 2017.

1. The 14 Most Searched-For Vacation Rental Amenities

As competition in the vacation rental market heats up, it’s important to have the amenities that will drive travelers to book your home over the next one. Additional amenities and upgrades will help differentiate you from the competition and get your rental more bookings and bring you more income in 2018.

A hot tub can turn your cabin into the perfect winter getaway, while a pool can transform your beach house into a different kind of amazing oasis. Read our post to find out what amenities guests search for most often.

2. Vacation Rental Access: Keyless Entry vs. Lockbox

Too busy to meet your guests upon their arrival? Too far away to deliver the house keys by hand to this week’s renters? Not to worry, you have some safe and reliable options.

In this article we explore the pros and cons of both keyless entry and lockboxes. After reading this post, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision about which system fits your rental and guests.

3. How to Stock Your Vacation Rental on a Budget

As a homeowner, you want to provide the best experience for your guests. That goes beyond making sure it’s maintained, cleaned, and updated – it also has to do with keeping your rental well-stocked and supplied.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to equip your rental without breaking the bank. Here is our ‘How To’ on keeping your rental stocked and your guests happy without spending too much.

4. Where’s the Best Place to Invest in a Vacation Rental?

Thinking about investing in a vacation rental in the new year – but not sure where you’ll get the best bang for your buck? We’ve combined data from TripAdvisor, FlipKey, Rented.com, and AIRDNA, to give you the 10 best places to purchase a vacation rental.

5. How to Create an Inviting Vacation Rental Entryway

There are few things more telling than a first impression – especially when it comes to welcoming guests into your vacation rental. When guests arrive at your property, they need to be invited in by a well-organized and clean space – those first 60 seconds through the front door will set the tone for the entire house! These are our tips on how to create an entrance your guests will love.

6. The 4 Essential Property Standards for Your Vacation Rental

Whether you’ve just gotten into vacation rental or you’re a veteran of the industry, these four property standards were created to guide properties at Evolve, and they set the bar for the best way to run your rental. We use our 4 core property standards  to evaluate every property in our network so we can be sure guests have a 5-star experience.

7. Here Are 7 Essential Facts for Vacation Rental Owners

As the vacation rental industry becomes more popular with travelers and drives more competition and innovation amongst property owners, the rental industry is continuing to change. Guests’ expectations are higher, listing sites are more difficult to master, and homeowners have to strategize differently.

To keep up with all of the change and ensure that you don’t fall behind, check out our 7 facts for successful homeowners – and use them as a guide in 2018.

8. Are You Scaring Off Your Vacation Rental’s Potential Guests?

No owner wants to spend time making sure their property is perfect and ready for guests, just to find their home sitting vacant with little-to-no bookings.

What could you be doing wrong? Is it your listing? Your rules and regulations? Read through our article to find out possible reasons why you may not be getting as many bookings as you think you should.

9. The Pros & Cons of Owning Multiple Vacation Rentals

Owning a vacation rental is an incredible investment: it not only gives you a steady stream of income, but it also equips you with a vacation home to visit when you need to escape. But what about investing in more than one property? What about owning 2? Or 5? A dozen??

Before making a decision, check out our article on the pros and cons of owning multiple vacation rental properties.

10. Should You Offer Refunds on Your Vacation Rental?

No matter how perfectly prepared you rental may be, accidents happen. And these accidents, whether they be big or small, can ruin a guests’ entire stay and prompt them to request a refund. So what do you do? Do you offer up a refund and risk losing money? Do you stand your ground and risk a poor review? Read our article to find out what we recommend for guest resolutions.

Looking back at our top ten posts of 2017, it’s clear that homeowners everywhere are not only interested in getting more bookings, but improving their strategy and guest experience.

As the vacation rental industry continues to grow, we’re excited to be a source of best practices and industry updates to help you stay successful. At Evolve, we’re not only anticipating big growth and bigger bookings for our homeowners, but for the entire industry. Using customized listings and personalized marketing strategies for every property we partner with, we’re gearing up for a record-breaking year – are you?

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