Most people who own a second vacation rental property for the purposes of renting it out often do not live anywhere close to their property. Such properties are known as long distance rental properties. These are defined as any property that is located a few hours’ drive away from the owner’s primary residence.
This normally means that the owner cannot be there all the time, cannot directly attend to guests, and is usually working most of the time anyway. In other words, such properties necessitate remote management.
However, long distance rental management is not just restricted to those who live far away from the property. It might also be necessary if the owner simply does not have enough time to physically attend to guests or to visit the property.
That said, Hot Springs Village , a rental property resort in Arkansas, remind that in the case of purpose-built vacation home resorts like theirs, much of the responsibility for the administration a vacation home can be handled by the resort management.
In the past, this type of thing was much harder. A property needs to be kept in a fit state, it needs to offer a superb guest experience, and the requirements of occupants sometimes need to be seen to. In the old days, this normally involved phone calls and long trips out to the property.
Information technology and all the technology associated with home working have put an end to this. These days, it is much more possible to be fully hands-on with your rental property without going anywhere near it.
Tips for Managing a Vacation Rental Remotely
How you see to the management of your vacation property often depends on what type of property it is and where it is located. Nevertheless, there is much that falls to the owner. Here follows some tips for navigating that challenge:
Invest in Vacation Management Software
The management of a vacation property begins with the booking, and thereafter it is all about preparing the property and replying to the needs of vacationers. To make this easier, it’s wise to automate as much of this process as you can. Vacation rental management software can help you do that.
You can receive bookings, and thereafter have all the information supplied to the vacationers, and the preparation and cleaning of the rental automatically arranged. This means you have more time to respond to specific needs when they arise.
Use Automated Check In
Automated check-in/check-out means that you don’t have to personally attend the property to greet guests as they arrive, give them the keys, and let them into the property. With automated check-in/out, you can also be spared waiting around because the occupants are delayed.
Invest in Home Automation Systems
Home automation systems can control your thermostat, lighting, and AC remotely. This means you can switch it all on just before the vacationers arrive, and you can also monitor things like energy use or noise remotely and take action when necessary. This is just another thing that allows you to remain physically remote from the property.
When you are absent and distant, then you can be sure that safety will become even more of a concern. Certain home automation services can certainly help you here. Also useful is the usual security apparatus for when the home is lying empty. Things such as cameras and motion sensors – with remote smartphone alerts – can help you keep an eye on the property without actually being there.
Remotely managing a property is a definite challenge but, with modern information technology, it has probably never been easier.