On first entering into the Spanish
property rentals business, you are obviously going to worry about getting
a good return on your investment, and a bit anxious at the prospect
of having strangers in your home and making use of your possessions.
It can therefore be tempting to furnish and equip your property 'on
the cheap' in the hopes of avoiding costly repairs and replacements.
However, based on experience, this
is not a good idea. People generally expect their holiday home to be
comfortable and well equipped, a 'home from home', and are more likely
to look after your property if they feel you have gone out of your way
to make them feel welcome. It is often the simple things, like flowers
on a table, that can achieve this.
Good quality furniture that can be
easily cleaned, or washable covers will help protect your suite from
suntan oil, or food and drink stains. 'Personal touch' items such as
vases, pictures, books, and ornaments, should be on shelving set high
enough to avoid accidents and small children. Some items, such as videos,
microwaves, and satellite TV are regarded as essential, so this should
be bourn in mind when furnishing the property. The rates you charge
for your Spanish property rental should echo the standard of your furnishings
Kitchens should always be fully equipped,
with ample cutlery, glass, china and cooking utensils. Coffee pots,
tea pots, juicer, microwave, iron & board, and a washing machine
should also be provided. A tumble dryer and dishwasher may also be deemed
as essential by some.
A poor quality mattress is enough
to ruin anyone's holiday! It is essential that both beds and sofabeds
be of good quality and comfortable. Bedrooms should have sufficient
storage space, both drawers and wardrobes, with hangers provided.
There should be no shortage of bed
linen and towels - preferably 3 sets - so there is always a set for
emergencies and changeovers. Spare tea towels and tablecloths should
also be provided.
A complete inventory should be made
of everything left in the rental property. This inventory should be
checked at the end of each rental and if necessary any deductions for
items missing or broken can be made from the damage deposit. You can
even take photographs so in the event of a problem you have an unquestionable
record of how your property looked beforehand.
House rules should be typed out and
left in a prominent spot in the property such as on a hallway table,
a kitchen worktop, or even pinned up on the wall. It is also a good
idea to leave a 'Guest Manual'. where visitors can leave their comments
or complaints. It can be useful in helping you to know their suggestions
Local information, maps, places of
interest,restaurants and a local contact information should either be
sent to the guest beforehand, or left in the property as well as emergency
contact numbers for doctors, dentists, hospitals and police. Practical
information on how everything works in the property, rubbish disposal,
gas bottles etc. should also be provided for your visitors.
Providing a "welcome pack"
of groceries can be much appreciated by visitors, particularly those
arriving late at night.
We can arrange to rent your property
on your behalf by advertising in magazines and on top holiday rentals
websites and securing bookings for you under our Management Contract..