How to Draw Attention to the Facilities you Offer
The extra facilities holiday rentals provide, is the reason why many travellers choose them over hotels. The average holiday home is far better equipped, and guests often appreciate the personal touches on offer. Now in the days of restricted cheap airlines charging extra for checking in luggage and restrictions on toiletries and liquids in hand baggage, a well equipped holiday home is more in demand than ever. Increasingly travellers are looking for properties where they can enjoy all the conveniences of their home, to reduce the amount they have to pack and pre-holiday stress.
Many travellers also seek out properties with up market items, such as deluxe entertainment systems, whirlpool baths or designer kitchens. Often they see this as a way treating them selves to a luxury lifestyle they can’t afford to lead at home, so properties that stock these high end facilities are very desirable.
Having a thorough, efficient and appealing Facilities Table will help you promote your property. It will also answer a lot of the questions that travellers might have when browsing your advert, which means less work for you.
The Facilities Per Room table is a great way to show off what your property has to offer. You can select check boxes for pre-written options, and provide extra information using our free text boxes. These are your opportunity to emphasise your Unique Selling Points (USPs).
You will get space to provide details of the bedrooms and bathrooms available. This is because comfortable sleeping arrangements and convenient washing facilities are a priority for travellers.
The Bedroom Details and Bathroom Details Table
The Bedroom Details table allows you to list the number, and types of beds available in each bedroom. Don’t sell yourself short. In a traveller’s mind there is a big difference between sleeping in a king-sized bed, and a futon in the living room.
It is important that you justify the sleeping capacity you claim your rental home is for. Once you have filled the table in, use the Bedroom Notes to describe what else this room has to offer. This is a chance to really sell this room. Mention all the desirable items you include. This may include televisions, iPod docking stations, seating, en suite bathrooms and the interior style. If there are any items that are famous brands go ahead and mention these as well. Also be sure to list essential items will make a traveller’s life easier, such as the type and amount of bedding you provide, the wardrobe storage and furniture. This will help them decide whether or not they will be comfortable in this room.
Now do the same for the Bathroom Details table. Be sure to list every bathroom in your house, and mention if any are en-suite. Check off all the facilities options that are relevant to each bathroom. When you use the notes, be sure to mention essential items such as how many towels you provide your guests, or cleaning products. If you provide toiletries mention these, as they are very desirable. Name drop any famous brands you provide, and mention any luxury features that will attract bookings.
Then you will be presented with checklists for all the other rooms, and important aspects of your holiday home (such as entertainment facilities and internet access). Be sure to tick all the check boxes that that apply to your home. It may sound highly strung but, if a potential customer sees that you haven’t checked off a simple item like bed linen or a television, its likely they will assume you don’t stock it.
Additional Information Options
You will also be given other options to provide extra information about your holiday home. These include Type of Property options, Holiday Theme options and Suitability of the Property options. Travellers find holiday properties on HomeAway.co.uk by using the search filters. The search options on these filters correspond to the options you can choose, so for example if you mark off your property as “child friendly”, it will be listed on “child friendly” searches. Filling these tables out correctly will grant you greater exposure to travellers searching for precisely what you have to offer.
Type of PropertyBe sure to use the drop down boxes to help travellers search for the type of holiday home you own. Fill out other information that might be useful.
Holiday ThemeThis will help travellers search for a holiday rental that fits their interests. You can select two options. Don’t abuse this by checking options that are contradictory (such as budget and luxury), or anything that is obviously untrue. You will damage the credibility of your advertisement.
Suitability of the propertyit is important to think carefully before filling this table out. Who is your property really suitable for? What are you willing to allow in your home.
Please note: Many home owners check off the option "wheel chair accessible", without considering what this really means. Just because you have double doors or low counter tops does not mean your holiday home is suitable. Wheel chair users have a lot of extra requirements that most holiday homes don’t provide, and feel frustrated when they make an enquiry and get let down. If you want to market your home as suitable for someone with mobility problems, please research the changes you will have to make thoroughly.
You can also use your Notes to Facilities box to give a further explanation of any of the options you have chosen. For example if you allow dogs in your home, but don’t allow cats because you are allergic to them. You should tick off the “pets considered” option, so you are included in the search filter. Then write a disclaimer explaining the details of your rules in the free text section.
The Holiday Home Equipment and Facilities Checklist
If you want to rent out your holiday home, you need to equip it with some standard amenities before you can open your doors to the public. Here’s our comprehensive Equipment and Facilities Checklist of everything the customers will need. The “must haves” are essentials, whilst the “extras” are suggestions that will help you gain the edge over your competitors.
And if your second home is in an area with great food markets, or is popular with foodies, simply use the included Kitchen Checklist to stock up, and watch those budding chefs start queuing.