Jodi has been busy for the past several days searching for and trying to get our next vacation homes lined up and rented. Honestly, I’m glad that she does that and not me. I’m afraid I wouldn’t have the patience for it. She keeps running into the same problems. Problems which could be easily solved by owners and most likely lead to more rentals.
First: Keep your house listing up to date. Several times Jodi has found a house that shows as available on a rental site, only to find out once she contacts the owner that it is actually already rented and that the listing was wrong.
Second: Be responsive. Most of the listings she finds have a phone number listed. Unfortunately, a person rarely answers and if they return the call, it may be several days later. At a minimum, respond via email with the needed information or to schedule a time to call.
Third: If you have a chance to rent out the property, then do it. Jodi recently ran into a house that we could have rented, but it has contractors living and working on it. Rather than require the contractors to complete their work on time so the house could be rented, the owner allowed them to extend their stay.
These are just the top 3 that come to mind right now and I’m sure we’ll have more suggestions as we go. Have you ever tried to rent a vacation place only to be denied for a reason that just didn’t make sense?