By Beau Peters
As a cabin owner, there are many benefits to renting out your cabin when you’re not using it. Whether you set it up for short-term or long-term rentals, now is a great time to advertise it. Thanks to COVID, more people are looking for an “escape”. While there are still certain travel restrictions in place, a relaxing cabin experience could be exactly what travelers are looking for. Plus, with the rise in remote work, more people are able to go anywhere and still stay on top of their jobs. So, you don’t have to wait for a specific “vacation season” to see interested renters.
But, if you’ve never rented out your cabin before, there are a few things to consider. Making sure it’s in good shape, marketing it the right way, and knowing how to protect yourself and your investment are all important factors to keep in mind.
Keep it Original
Because more people are looking for ways to escape, there are going to be more cabins and homes for rent. Not only can adding some special touches to yours help it stand out but it will earn it better reviews, too.
Consider adding things that would appeal to you. Chances are, they’ll appeal to someone else, too. Little additions can go a long way, both in the interior and exterior of the home. Some creative ideas include:
- Having a small room turned into a library/study
- Setting out fresh toiletries for your guests
- Setting up the home with local jams, bread, tea, and coffee
- Offering an entertainment library with DVDs, music, and video games
When it comes to the cabin’s exterior, consider ideas that will not only add appeal, but things that could overall add value to the home. For example, you can really bump up the “woodsy” feel by planting a few trees around the cabin. Or, install a fence in the backyard so people can bring their pets to the rental and have a safe space to play with them.
It’s okay to have fun with your cabin rental, and that starts with making it more appealing. Remember, it’s a myth that you can’t stay in the cabin, yourself. As a rental owner, you can rent out your own property whenever you want when you need a little “vacation” of your own. So, make sure you enjoy whatever amenities you include, too!
Keep Things Safe
There are three things you need to focus on when it comes to safety for a cabin rental:
- Keeping yourself safe
- Keeping your renters safe
- Keeping the cabin itself safe
When it comes to protecting yourself, there are a few things to be aware of. Most importantly, educate yourself on the possibility of rental scams. People looking for a rental have to be aware of scams, too, and sometimes the signs are obvious. If a deal looks too good to be true or the listing has poor grammar and doesn’t seem professional, it could be someone trying to get their money and run. As a rental host, you have to be aware of some of the common red flags too, in order to make sure your listing looks as legitimate as possible. Allow people to run background checks, list your cabin through a trustworthy site, and be as transparent as possible.
Once you’ve got your place booked, keeping your renters safe should instantly become your top priority. In today’s world, that means things like having hand sanitizer in a few different places throughout the cabin, as well as hand towels and washing stations. Showing your renters that you’re taking their health and safety seriously will be a big plus. Additionally, making sure everything is clean and disinfected before a new renter comes in. Keeping the cabin as clean as possible at all times will help to prevent:
- A buildup of dust
- Mold growth
- Poor indoor air quality
People might be more likely to scrutinize rental homes right now when it comes to cleanliness and safety procedures. So, make sure you keep everyone safe (including your cabin) by running a tight ship and keeping things clean. Talk to your renters about safety procedures in and around the cabin, and offer them peace of mind so they can enjoy their stay and escape reality for a while.
Know How to Advertise
You don’t have to be a marketing guru to advertise your cabin for rent. But, advertising your rental is a big part of how successful your endeavors will be. Thankfully, it’s easier than you might think.
The best place to start is by advertising your property online. There are sites specifically dedicated to cabin rentals, like LakePlace, but you can also advertise on local listing sites. It never hurts to go old school, either, and create brochures or flyers for your cabin, distributing them throughout nearby towns if you’re looking for local renters.
Once you’ve had a few people stay in your cabin, your goal should be for your advertising to start taking care of itself. Every marketer knows that word-of-mouth advertising can’t be beaten. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure your guests have a good experience. They’ll undoubtedly be leaving a review somewhere online, whether it’s on a public site or on your social media pages (which you should definitely be working on, by the way!).
The more positive reviews you have, the more likely the word will spread about how nice it is to stay in your cabin. So, you can focus more on keeping things that way, rather than devoting all of your time to marketing.
Renting a cabin out during COVID is a great idea. It gives people the chance to travel and stay somewhere safe, and it can make you a little extra income! Keep these ideas in mind to ensure your cabin rental endeavor is successful, and have fun with it.
Beau Peters is a creative professional with a lifetime of experience in service and care. As a manager, he’s learned a slew of tricks of the trade that he enjoys sharing with others who have the same passion and dedication that he brings to his work. When he is not writing, he enjoys reading and trying new things.