Hosting your holiday home for guests is a fantastic way to earn some extra income in your spare time.
It can also be the ideal pastime during retirement, and a fun hobby to tide over your disposable income.
Take a look at the four tips we’ve compiled so that you can get the most out of your holiday letting experience.
1. Decorate Your Holiday Home with Love
Most people travelling to Italy will want to learn about the culture and history of the country, so choosing decor that is relevant to the region your holiday home resides in can help your guests to feel like they’re experiencing Italy’s customs and traditions.
To do this, you could use prints of historic Italian paintings like Leonardo D’Vinci’s The Last Supper, or The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, and incorporate other pieces of italian culture like a pasta maker, or a pizza oven into your holiday home.
As a bonus tip, holiday homes with added features like a hot tub, swimming pool or an extraordinary view are often snapped up fast, so if your home has any of these features, make sure to amplify them!
2. Invest in Comfy Beds
Comfy beds are the way to your guests’ hearts.
It’s likely that your guests will be doing a lot of exploring while they roam the Italian landscape, and giving them a comfy bed to return to at the end of the day is the perfect way to guarantee an exemplary review at the end of their stay.
You can use companies like Archers Sleep Centre to find beds of every firmness, design, shape and size to suit your guests’ needs.
3. Use Flexible Check In
Flexible check in means that your guests can let themselves into the property whenever their travel arrangements allow them to on their day of arrival.
This is particularly useful for international guests who may be travelling from further afield.
To do this, you can install a lockbox that can house the keys in between guests, which is protected by a number code.
4. Leave a Welcome Pack for Guests
Welcome packs are essential for scoring those high ratings when guests depart, and can also help holidaymakers out in the event of an emergency.
A standard welcome pack will commonly include tea bags, coffee, biscuits, and perhaps some long life milk. However, you might want to take it further and include a bottle of bubbly, some chocolate, and a folder containing all the essential information that guests will need for their stay.
For example, emergency service numbers, directions to the nearest town/city/shop, some information about local events, and highly recommended places to eat out are all useful to a guest who has never visited the area before.
Do you have any tips for creating a top quality holiday home in Italy? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!