A holiday home is a great piece of property to have at your favourite vacation spot. Somewhere you can visit to relax and escape all your troubles. Only problem is just like your normal home, your holiday home accrues bills, needs maintenance and other forms of upkeep if you want to keep enjoying it.
Because you visit your holiday home only occasionally, you might feel the cost of keeping the place up isn’t worth it. But you’d only think this if you are going about making the best of your vacation home the wrong way. Instead of shelling out extra money to maintain your holiday home, why not let your holiday home pay for itself. And you can accomplish this by simply renting your home to other vacation lovers for the times of the year you aren’t using it.
By renting out your vacation home when you aren’t using it, you get to make enough money to maintain the property as well as put a fair amount of money in your pocket. Another advantage of renting out your vacation home is properties that are unoccupied are more prone to burglaries. So by renting out, your vacation home is less likely to get burgled.
But to increase your chances of benefitting and reduce the likelihood of regretting renting out your vacation home to strangers, you need to make sure you use the following tips.
- Only rent out your property to people you are comfortable with. Because your vacation home is a place you intend on using for yourself in the near future, you cannot risk renting it to tenants who will misuse your property and possibly also damage it.
- Draft a clearly worded tenancy agreement and ensure it is read, understood, and signed by the tenant. The tenancy agreement will contain all the rules concerning the usage of your property as well as the duration of the tenancy.
- Receive a security deposit. Security deposits are often returned to a tenant when he/she has proven that no aspect of the rented property suffered any damage during the period of their stay. In the event there is a damage, the security deposit will be forfeited and can be used by you to repair your damaged property.
So instead of letting your vacation property lie fallow in your absence, put it to good use and let it generate some cool cash that you can use to finance your next vacation.