- Once you've cleared out your personal belongings, step back and look at the various spaces. Ask yourself a few important questions. Are the appliances in good working order and cosmetically acceptable? What is the condition of the paint, and should the space be repainted? Are there any plumbing leaks? Do the drains empty quickly or do they need some attention? Is the toilet reliable and operating smoothly? Is the flooring in good condition? Are there ugly cables from the tv set that need hiding? Is the lighting bright and sufficient? Is the space ADA compliant or can you make it compliant easily? Are there any hazards that need fixing? Do you have reliable internet service already set up? If the space is new to you, you've already ordered all the utilities to be turned on, haven't you? Will you allow pets or smoking? Keep in mind that saying yes will mean some additional work and some turnoffs for some of your guests.
This would also be a great time to start putting out the feelers to friends, family, and work colleagues to compile a potential list of housekeepers, and if you're not handy yourself, plumbers to unstop drains. You'll also want to start exploring vendors for things like linens, paper goods, hotel-style soaps, shampoos, sundries, and the other things you'll need to keep a warm and welcome experience for your guests. If you're starting to feel a bit overwhelmed, don't worry. I'll be providing you with recommendations throughout this course in more detail.
AuthorChristopher Matthew Spencer
Christopher Matthew Spencer, a successful VRBO host, first acquaints viewers with VRBO and the requirements—both in terms of mindset and property—needed to venture into the VRBO world. Then you'll learn how to prep a property, stock it with amenities that will garner 5-star reviews, and craft an attention-getting listing that covers everything from the listing headline to property descriptions and guides. The course also explores how to manage guest interactions, deal with housekeeping and maintenance, and promote listings outside of VRBO. Start watching to learn how you can profit from this great sharing economy platform.
- Evaluating whether VRBO is right for you
- Writing about and photographing the property
- Establishing a price for your VRBO rental
- Planning for ongoing maintenance
- Preparing the kitchen, bedroom(s), and other spaces
- Stocking your rental with amenities
- Scouting the competition
- Managing guest interactions, including check-in and checkout
- Working with guest feedback
- Promoting your VRBO rental
Skill Level Beginner
1. An Overview of VRBO
2. Preparing Your Property
4. Ready, Set, Go! Getting Up and Running on VRBO
5. Service Is Your Brand: Managing Guest Interactions
6. Housekeeping and Maintenance
7. Working with Guest Feedback
8. Tips for Success
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